Do you remember Geocities?
I do. It's where it all started for me. Using Microsoft FrontPage and a lot of help from my friend William, I launched my first website in 1996. It was an ode to the artists I loved at the time: Fun Lovin' Criminals (who now?). My visual design skills were -- let's say -- not that evolved. I remember the background had the classic Wu Tang "W" as tiles, your quintessential "Under Construction" animated GIFs all over the place and my logotype with an enormous Photoshop lens flare. I thought it was beautiful and I remember the fascination I had when my site first launched.
Today, more than 18 years later, I am still a designer, and still as fascinated by the web, albeit with a bit more design sense (I've dropped the lens flare).
Professionally, I have worked with the web for almost a decade, and more than 5 years with user experience at agencies in London, New York and Stockholm.
What I enjoy most about my field of work is getting to know people. I truly believe that the most important aspect of design is empathy and to quote Henry Ford:
In my work, I always strive to deeply understand my client's business and their customers' needs and behaviors.
I see myself as a hybrid of a strategist and a designer. I love to do research, define a strategy at the onset of a project, and thereafter quickly prototype solutions. In my opinion, understanding the big picture, as well as, perfecting the details, is essential.