and these are the things that make me who I am today as a person and as a designer.
As a self-taught designer I have been working on websites and user interfaces for the past 10 years. Based in Budapest, in these years I worked with the biggest Hungarian creative agencies and with many small businesses as well. I’ve always thought of myself as a creator. I released the first version of GAget, a small, but popular widget for Mac OS X in 2011 and an iPhone app in 2013.
Secret Sauce Partners is a small startup, working on revolutionizing the fashion ecommerce business. I was invited to help them with UI and UX design, so decided to join their awesome team in 2015 May.
After 4 months of learning Swift, the new version of GAget for OS X was ready to be released. I published an article on Medium about the ups and downs of learning a new programming language and releasing an app as a designer.
With the release of Yosemite I wanted to give Swift a try as I was always interested in coding.
I got really tired of the skeuomorphic style of my previous portfolio, so in 2014 I decided to redesign zoltan.co and start a blog powered by Tumblr.
I was invited to talk about the design and development challanges of creating GAget for iPhone. You can listen to my 15 minute talk here in Hungarian.
2 years and 60 thousand downloads after the release of GAget for Mac OS X it was time to get the iPhone version into the hands of the public so with András Holló in 2013 october we released GAget for iPhone.
While working full time at Arkon, I found some time to finish my thesis on social media marketing and graduate as an Engineering Manager from the biggest technical university of Hungary..
The company structure at Arkon for people working in a design-related field was kind of a headache, we had no clear company hierarchy, so with the help of the management and HR, Balázs Dömsödi and I started the self-managed Design team at Arkon.
I had the chance to talk about designing for mobile based on my experience as a web designer.
After 5 years of falling in love and 2 years of being engaged I got married to the loveliest woman in my life, Ágota. And Cyprus turned out to be an awesome honeymoon destination! :)
The first iPhone application I worked on got released after a couple of months of making hard design decisions, development and user testing.
The Dashboard of OS X doesn't get much love from Apple and developers, but I believe it could be really useful if there were great widgets for it. That's why I developed GAget for Mac OS X, a Google Analytics widget for quick and easy access to the most important data of your GA account.
The skeuomorphism was really booming in 2011 so I was not going to be the one left out. A digitally drawn room, bookshelf on the wall, a drawing of myself, wooden buttons and flickering lamp lights were all essential parts of this fully skeuomorphic design. :)
Worked on a couple of projects with Webness, a small Hungarian start-up company.
Designed, coded and started selling my first HTML/Wordpress template ever, Beatific.
Worked on lots of projects for ÉnFotósom, a small Hungarian company specialized in photography, print and web design.
Worked as an off-site designer for the California based eSports website GotFrag for two years.
With the best classmates ever, I graduated in the class of 2004.
I was always interested in the web so after borrowing a book from the library about HTML, I launched my first website, called 'Zolee Site Millenium'. The name seemed appropriate in 2000. :)
I was born in Budapest, as the first child of a small, but loving family.