A spotlight on Slawek Domanski, our very own UX Designer based in our Opole office.
Official job title?
My official job title is User Experience Designer, or ‘UX’ Designer.
What does your role involve?
My job is to make websites and products easy to use by the people accessing them. Imagine a project/app/website as a human body. A User Interface Designer, or ‘UI’ Designer, creates the skin or clothes - let us call it - the look. The website Developer creates the muscles that allow the body to move and funcion. The UX Designer creates the skeleton with all its possibilities and restrictions so it will be able to fulfill its purpose.
What does your job involve?
I have a broad range of tasks to do but the most important is to communicate with all team members and share knowledge, mainly from the user perspective. This involves desk-based and field research (to pinpoint the core features needed, creating personas, user journeys and Information Architecture, design paper prototypes (from rough sketches to more hi fidelity), prototype testing, business analysis as well as wireframing.
Which office do you work out of?
I work from the Opole office and travel to London regularly to catch up on projects and meet with other team members and clients.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I start of with a strong coffee and an inspirational run through all my favorite websites and designers. Then quickly check my emails and tasks. After that I start to work on the current project, which could be anything from a new website, integration in diverse sectors from property to finance. After work I do a quick catch-up on the latest UX/ UI/ marketing news, articles and reports which inspires me to getting to work on a few paper sketches to consolidate my thinking Then it’s time for meeting friends, always a good end to the day!
What do you enjoy about your job?
The possibility to change a process so it’s more user friendly or accessible (for example, for visually impaired users). This way I can make the world a better place. Those are not big changes but as long as they make a difference to the user, it’s worth the effort. The other thing I love about my job is working on new things, constant learning, researching and developing new approaches to a challenge.
What did you do before joining Kolab?
I studied Social Psychology and Journalism at the University of Opole. A postgraduate course in Internet Marketing at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow.
I also worked as a PR / marketing specialist in my early career where I was responsible for creating and executing campaigns for my clients (in print and digital). This experience is very useful now as it gives me a good understanding of the different viewpoints of businesses and creative teams when working with clients at Kolab.
What are you passionate about?
I really love psychology - especially cognitive psychology which tries to understand the human and the world through the prism of psychology, but with use of scientific methods (rather than philosophical ones).
Who is your role model and why?
In UX it’s definitely Don Norman. He is one of the first to talk about user centered design. He showed the world that designing to solve user problems is better than designing just for the purpose of designing. In his work I really like that he combines cognitive psychology, science and design.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career?
One of the most interesting experiences has been working on the user experience design for HSBC. I loved it because I could work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of experts from the client, Kolab and Ferrier Pearce. There were a lot of challenges we had to solve with collaborative workshops throughout. No matter how large or how small, each project has its own set of challenges and it’s about finding solutions that work for the users.
You may like to read our article on User Centred Design.