My name is Janko and I work as a Senior UX Designer at Contentful. I've been in the industry for a long time — the first software I designed and developed was a 1992 organizer that ran on MS-DOS. Today, besides being involved research and design, I spend a lot of time helping other designers do their best.
My background is half design – half development, though for the past decade I'm focused on design solely. While I was developer and UI designer I went from working on small freelance projects to designing software architectures and leading development teams. Along the way I came to know Agile principles and environments well. Even though I have nothing to do with development anymore, all this knowledge proved to be invaluable today. In the past 10 years I slowly made my way to UXD world. Usability testing was easy to start with. Ethnographic research proved to be challenging but to this day it's one of the things I enjoy the most. Today, I work on research and strategic design. I spend most of my time working closely with designers on qualitative research, design synthesis, rapid prototyping, usability testing, critique and collaboration in general.
I have spoken on dozens of events, organized workshops for teams and individuals, co-authored a book and wrote a few mediocre articles on my blog. When you feel like reading, check my small dystopian take on technology or a short essay on the emotional response to digital goods that are filling our spaces. Alternatively, check this piece on table UI patterns, it is by far the most read article on my blog.
Enough talking, let me show you the work