Welcome

Hi, and welcome. You must be looking at some UX portfolios to have landed on this page. So, yes, here is some of my work, though the ones I am most excited about are fruits of a collaboration that I am not able to share publicly.  

My UXR profile

I am a UX researcher.  I see my role as foundational: without first understanding people’s needs and their mental models, their pain points, frustrations, and hacks, we cannot envision a solution for them.  For me, research, along with design and business, determine strategies to make sure that the product/service aligns with what people need or want. This only works (at least in the long run) if research is inclusive, and our practices are ethical. 

  • WCAG 2.1 – Digital Accessibility
  • UX research (both generative and evaluative)
    • contextual inquiry
    • remote and in-person usability testing and in-depth interviews
    • diary studies
    • surveys
    • sequential and hierarchical card sorting
  • content design and information architecture
    • user flows
    • taxonomies
    • content strategy

I am both creative and analytical, with a strong background in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. I am passionate about making processes and interfaces relevant to the user in context (sometimes you want to slow your user down so that they avoid making a bad decision).

I have worked for small businesses, artists, Fortune 500 companies, banks, digital agencies, and educational institutions. My experience includes working on mobile, ATM, and web, and in-person interaction design.

What you can find on this website: I highly respect my clients and would not want to share work protected by non-disclosure agreements, so the samples I can display are from my volunteer projects and “abstractions” of paid work. For a quick overview, see my  Portfolio. Should you want to see more artifacts, I am happy to share them with you in person and walk you through my work process and my design decisions.  I get excited about interesting assignments and always ready to grab coffee and chat. Feel free to reach out to me at akiss2115@gmail.com.

That is the official part – but if you want to know what I am like, read on.

Personal part

Most teams’ success depend on the soft skills of their team members, so I think it is fair game to learn about the personality of people joining. With that said, I don’t believe in needing “a good fit”. Why? Because that normally means “more of the same” – which is quite relaxing, however, not fit for UX work, where the goal is to embrace the diversity of users and help ALL of them use your services, and not just on the happy path customers.

I am more on the nerdy side, with a somewhat unusual sense of humor, having grown up in Hungary. I love learning and connecting disparate areas of knowledge. In the last three months, I have

  • attended 5 conferences
  • listened to countless webinars and podcasts
  • earned a nanodegree in Programming for Data Science (learning SQL and R programming)
  • sewn more than 200 masks for donations (experimenting and developing new designs)
  • got into woodworking and furniture construction
  • destructed a lot of creeping Charlies, while growing some tomato and cucumber plants
  • played a lot of board games (Smash Up fans, here I come)
  • read some great books

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