It was the year 1998, and I was just a curious child with a love for technology. I remember the moment clearly, as I inserted a CD-ROM into the family computer and it automatically launched a full-screen custom interface for children that allowed shareware installations. I was hooked. I wanted to know how it worked.
At the ripe old age of 8, I went and adapted what I had learned to help my grandmother use her computer more easily, fiddling with what turned out to be HTML files on that fateful disk, allowing her to boot Solitaire, or get on the Internet, all while hiding the rest of the complex Windows user interface.
In 2005 I joined a social network for artists, and with another CD-ROM I had the software to start making my own custom interfaces. I launched custom themes and icons for Windows XP that got featured in magazines from Tokyo, to Amsterdam, to Rio, and won various online awards with my work.
From 2007, I freelanced as a designer and engineer. And after graduating in 2012, I worked for various companies as a Web Designer, UX Engineer, and finally as Head of UX. I was always at my best as a one-man project machine, taking vague ramblings of CEOs and turning them into coherent working demos in the space of a few days. I did well. All while traveling the world as a digital nomad for a decade.
But in 2022, I did something unexpected. I took a leap of faith and went full-time independent to make nerdy things I love, and that I think are truly useful to people, instead of the VC-funded startup that I was working for the ten years prior.
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I had the extreme pleasure of working with Pascal during my tenure at Livestream. He has a great sense of aesthetics, know current design trends very well and puts 100% into the work he is doing.
If you are looking for someone that can combine innovative design, usability with eye catching visuals - Pascal is your man.
Our product is very hard to describe, Pascal really pushed us towards simpler, more visual, and more interactive communication of our product. He brings a refreshing perspective to that challenge.
It was great to work with Pascal. He was super responsive to all of my questions and requests. It is rare to find the mix of great creativity and technical chops in one place, and I feel lucky to be able to work with Pascal on our redesign. He helped us take a very technical product and made it wonderfully accessible through animation.
Pascal helped us completely overhaul our app. We were using an old framework that had been hacked to pieces over the years. Not only was he able to put a new face on it, but he helped us unify the front-end code for consistency and easy updates later. He took personal interest in our project right away and invested time and effort into understanding how our product works before making any decisions that would affect the design.
Pascal helped us a lot by creating a uniform look throughout dopios.com, always backed his decisions with data, has an excellent grasp of current trends, and can turn his designs into clean and neat code.