Currently: Head of Frontend Development
I work at Arvato Financial Solutions, heading the next-generation frontend platform for AfterPay.
Background #1: Web developer
In 2005, I fell in love with web standards. I had already learned to program (using C++ at first), and tinkered with user interface design. Standards-based web development captured my interest through its intersection of human-focus and machine-focus. Creating usable websites, accessible to as many as possible via clean markup, became my thing.
Background #2: Information Architect
My bachelor’s degree was in computer science, but focused equally on concepts like usability, findability, and representing information to facilitate understanding. The information architecture trifecta of users-content-context became a cornerstone as I embraced UX research and design.
Background #3: Teacher
While in the middle of starting my own business, I instead accepted a position as Lecturer in computer science at Malmö University. I taught courses related to the Web, programming, user experience and information architecture, and the intersection of all this stuff. Later, as program director, I led the design and introduction of a revamped Information Architecture B.Sc. program in Computer and Information Science. I am proud to have helped shape this unique blend of contemporary user experience, traditional human-computer interaction, and practical computer science.
Background #4: Researcher
As I continued to become ever more interested in theories of human interaction with technology, I started doctoral studies to really gain in-depth knowledge. My research came to revolve around a core tension: between, on one side, the strive to design technology that understands its user and context, and on the other, the realization that a person’s rich and messy lifeworld never can be fully represented. I thought a lot, wrote a bunch, and published some research papers—work that was presented at scientific conferences in North America, Europe and Asia. Although I didn’t actually finish my PhD, what I learned deeply informs my work today.