CV

Curriculum Vitae

I help you find better solutions

Summary

Matej Kaninsky

I’m an award-winning senior user experience and product designer with 6+ years of experience in UX and 10+ years in web design.

I hold master's degrees in human-computer interaction (UCL), and process engineering and management (University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague). The blend of business, engineering, user research and design background gives me a unique perspective on the challenges you are facing.

I am experienced in leading projects and teams in international agile environments—with in-house, third-party and offshore development teams.

My and my team's designs have been used by millions of customers through my work for BBC, PwC, O2, Which?, UCL/Intel and more.

My mission is to bring positive change in society through better design. I mean it.

My skills

Techniques, Methods, SW

I’m sure you’ve heard that before but it’s true—there is no single right process. Every company, organisation or individual is different with a different history, motivation, opportunities and values.

I always strive to bring together the right techniques and methods, in both research and design, to provide you with the best possible outcome (and within your timeframe and budget). However, one thing is for sure, it always starts with an understanding of what you and your target audience really need.

Disclaimer: This is not an exhaustive list & I learn fast!

Research & Evaluation

  • Research Strategy
  • Usability Testing
  • A/B & MVT Testing
  • Concept Testing
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Interviews
  • Diary Studies
  • Experience Sampling
  • Emotional UX
  • Surveys
  • Card sorting
  • Treejack
  • Top Task Analysis
  • Ethnography

Design

  • Sketching
  • Paper Prototyping
  • Wireframing
  • High Fidelity Prototyping
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Design
  • Wearables
  • Workshops
  • Cross-Channel
  • Cross-Device
  • Paper & Pencil
  • Axure
  • InVision
  • Sketch
  • Zeplin
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign

Coding & Programming

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • JQuery
  • Basics of C++, Python, R

Video

  • Premiere
  • After Effects
  • Cinema 4D

Electronics & Physical Prototyping

  • Arduino
  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Scanning
  • Laser Cutting
  • Workshop tools

Music

  • Writing
  • Production
  • Recording
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Adobe Audition

Soft Skills

Learning Fast

I’m eager to learn and I learn fast. I'm a bit of a bookworm as well and one of my most favourite activities, in general, is studying and then applying what I've learnt.

Clear Communication

Thanks to my experience and education I speak the “languages” of developers, businessmen, and marketers which allow me to communicate effectively and efficiently to get buy-in for the UCD process and to build rapport.

Engaging & Persuasive Presentation

I ran workshops on copywriting, UX, and presentation skills at PwC, chaired dozens of meetings and presented at various events – small to large crowds, colleagues to top management. As a musician, I performed for up to 10,000 people.

Effective Negotiation

I’m proactive, perseverant and persuasive. I value other people’s opinions and strive for win-win deals.

Active Listening & Empathy

You know this one: People have 2 eyes, 2 ears, and 1 mouth. As a designer, I always aim to keep these in this order and ratio.

Teamwork & Leadership

I have experience leading and mentoring design teams, and leading large-scale projects.

Looking is not seeing

I research to see where issues and opportunities hide.

I design and test to facilitate positive change your customers and your business will benefit from.

Experience

Lead HMI/UX Lead, ŠKODA AUTO

Sep 2018 – present, full-time, Prague & Mladá Boleslav (CZ)

Establishing an Interaction Design competence within ŠKODA Design, building a team, developing IxD strategy and transforming the ways of working, accenting agile mindset and multidisciplinary collaboration. Contributing to the Holistic User Experience strategic initiative. Co-led the creation of ŠKODA Digital Design Principles, co-leading the creation of an HMI design system. Mentoring junior team members, championing human-centred design and design thinking within the organisation through consultancy & public speaking.

Hands-on interaction design - production & vision car HMI.

Senior User Experience Designer (Design Lead), BBC

Oct 2017 – Aug 2018, full-time, London (UK)

Led a team of talented designers working on BBC iPlayer, responsive web—from defining the UX strategy to delivering pixel perfect designs. Co-led the initiative to build a culture of experimentation and rapid innovation. Championed OKR methodology. Mentored junior and mid-weight team members.

Notable projects

  • Cross-platform personalisation research strategy (TV, mobile, web)
    I led a user research project to uncover users' perceptions of a new vertical iPlayer homepage across platforms.
  • Cloud migration
    I'm leading the design work that enables migration of the responsive web to AWS.
  • Discovery ways of working—faster, bolder
    I'm working on improving the discovery ways of working so that we can understand user needs and deliver significant improvements that will make our users happier faster than ever before.

About BBC iPlayer

  • repeatedly ranked among Top 3 Best Brands in the UK
  • 200-300 million programme requests a month
  • mission: to develop the best place to discover and watch BBC TV for the benefit of UK licence fee payers

Human-Computer Interaction Specialist, Intel Collaborative Research Institute

Jun 2015 – Sep 2017, full-time Master's project, London (UK)

A 3-month HCI Master’s project with Intel Collaborative Research Institute under the supervision of Sarah Gallacher (Intel) and Yvonne Rogers (UCL Interaction Centre)—combining urban informatics, internet of things and physical visualisation to drive public engagement in urban wildlife in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The project has been awarded the 1st place in UX UK Awards 2017 (Best Student Project), UCL MSc HCI Project Prize 2016/2017, and the highest rank distinction (exceptional performance). It was also announced as Ulf Aberg Award runner-up, presented at the Leading London conference 2017, showcased at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and featured in a number of UCL and Intel events.

User Experience Designer, Which?

Feb 2015 – Sep 2016, full-time, London (UK)

Which? is the largest consumer body in the UK with a growing base of approximately 1 million subscribers. I delivered My Account redesign which significantly reduced user complaints, advocated and designed foundations of a single sign-on, initiated and led a multi-disciplinary team that created company’s UI library and design standards, improved sign up rates by 13%, and co-led a redesign of a new company proposition in financial space.

User Experience Consultant & Front-end Developer, Self-employed

Feb 2013 – Jan 2015, full-time, Prague (CZ)

My clients included PwC, O2, many small companies and start-ups. I learnt to be adaptive to my clients’ needs as these varied from pure UX research and design to whole-package projects (research, design, copywriting, development). A redesign of PwC Careers website resulted in undesired inquiries dropping by 70% and user complaints stopping. PwC Academy direct mail optimisation improved CTR by 20%.

Notable projects

Web Designer & Webmaster, PwC Czech Republic

Jan 2009 – Jan 2013, part-time while studying, Prague (CZ)

Responsible for co-managing the pwc.cz website. I led the design and development of several web projects, I also coached presentation skills and copywriting.

Education

MSc in Human-Computer Interaction

University College London, UCLIC (UCL Interaction Centre)

2016 – 2017

Modules taken

  • Interaction Design (Distinction - Outstanding performance)
  • Interaction Science (High merit)
  • Future Interfaces (Distinction - Exceptional performance)
  • Physical Computing & Prototyping (Distinction - Exceptional performance)
  • Persuasive Games (Distinction - Outstanding performance)
  • Affective Interaction (Distinction - Outstanding performance)

Master's Thesis (Distinction - Exceptional performance)

Entice, Engage, Educate: An in-the-wild study of a novel multi-modal installation that uses IoT data to encourage the general public to learn about bats

MSc in Process Engineering, Economics and Management

University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague

2009 - 2012

Master's Thesis (Distinction)

Optimization of Finished Goods Safety Stocks in Case of Seasonal Demand Fluctuations
I suggested a stock management system that released 20% of the company capital held in stock while improving customer satisfaction levels.

BSc in Process Engineering, Informatics and Management

University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague

2006 - 2019

Bachelor's Thesis (Distinction)

Application and efficiency of P,Q-systems in stock management of products with intermittent demand

Awards

Happy users and growing businesses are the ultimate award for me. It is nice, however, to be also recognised by academics and other UX professionals.

Note: Last year, I went back to school to learn more about the academic side of HCI—and when I decide to do something, I do it 150%!

Ulf Aberg Award runner-up

Ulf Aberg Award 2018 – Runner-up
Best postgraduate student project in ergonomics/human factors

Feb 2018

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UX UK Awards 2017 – Winner
Best Student Project

Nov 2017

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UCL MSc HCI Project Prize 2017 – Winner
Best MSc project

Oct 2017

UCL Dean's List

UCL Dean's list 2016/17
Top 5% best-performing students

Dec 2017

Hack the Brain 2015 – Winner

Hack the Brain 2015 – Winner

Mar 2015

London UX Design Hackathon 2015 – Winner

London UX Design Hackathon 2015 – Winner

Feb 2015

Nominee in Czech Grammy Awards as the Newcomer of the Year

Bonus one! Nominee in Czech Grammy Awards as the Newcomer of the Year 

Mar 2013

Professional organisations I'm a member of

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Jan 2017 – present

UXPA (User Experience Professionals Association)

Jan 2017 – present
A regular attendee of UXPA events since 01/2015

Languages I speak

English

Full professional proficiency

Czech

Native

Slovak

Bilingual

French

Limited working proficiency

What I'm looking for

Projects that are:

  • Meaningful
  • Challenging
  • Have a positive impact on society