Frederik Van Geloven
As a UX/UI designer, I live and breathe digital design. I’m always hungry for new challenges that I can dream up solutions for.
Building the best possible digital products isn’t just team work, it’s a team sport. I do my best work as part of a team of driven web professionals.
As a UX Designer and jack of many trades, I’m no stranger to conducting research.
Tools: User Interviews, Field Trips, Competitor Analysis, Google Analytics, Workshops, Touchpoint Meetings.
Story Boards, User Stories, and Workflows
I often like to draw story boards, these are very helpful in breaking tasks down into user stories. The user stories in turn inform the application workflows. I make sure to annotate the workflows with directions and questions for the developers. The user stories and workflows often influence the final data architecture.
Tools: Pen and paper, Spreadsheets, JIRA, Gliffy, Sketch.
Wireframes and Prototypes
Despite the proliferation of platforms and devices, wireframes are still very relevant and useful. Nothing surfaces overlooked details better than a prototype, however rough it might be. Instead of clickable wireframes or mockups, I often prefer to have a working prototype in code.
Tools: Pen and paper, Sketch, Balsamiq, Invision, Webflow, handcrafted HTML/CSS/JS.
Mockups and Comps
Our pattern library has made this step somewhat redundant, but there still is a time and place for visually accurate mockups and comps. Especially when soliciting feedback or filling in gaps in the pattern library.
Tools: Sketch, Adobe Illustrator CC, Invision.
I like the idea of Atomic Design, but haven’t found the perfect way of implementing it into my workflow. Instead, I’ve created my own modular design system. The system is based on a pattern library which includes a style guide, Sketch template files, and HTML/CSS/JS code snippets.
Tools: A variety of platforms (Drupal, WordPress, Jekyll), frameworks and libraries (Bootstrap, Bourbon and Neat, etc.), handcrafted HTML/CSS/JS
In my current role as Creative Director, I'm heavily involved with business development and strategy.
While my team currently use a semi-Agile approach to project management and I'm not formally trained in Agile, I have plenty of experience making sure a project moves along a well planned path from start to finish.
Tools: Basecamp, JIRA, Confluence.
SEO, Section 508 Compliance, and Web Standards
The many years of experience I have building websites and online applications have taught me a lot about SEO, Section 508 compliance and Accessibility, and of course Web Standards.
Branding, Logo Design, Graphic Design
Despite my focus on UX and web design, the occasional offline project has come my way. I've done branding and logo design, and have designed brochures, informational cards, signage and more.
Tools: Pen and Paper, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Sketch.
Additional Communication Skills
My background in communication studies and my passion for language have helped me run social media campaigns, write website copy or blog posts, and of course pitch projects and products to potential clients.
My native tongue is Dutch, but at this point it's not a stretch to call English my first language. I'm also fluent, if maybe a bit rusty, in French and German too.
UX Designer - Communicate Health
UX Design for Communicate Health, an award-winning team of content and usability experts dedicated to designing better health information.
UX Designer + Creative Director - Vermont Information Consortium
UX Design, Creative Direction, and business planning for Vermont Information Consortium, a web agency focussed on providing websites and online services for Vermont State Government.
Creative Services Project Manager - Vermont Information Consortium
UX/UI design, front-end development and CMS administration/configuration for Vermont Information Consortium.
Freelance Web Designer/Developer - Made by Fred
Full stack Web design and development for my personal web agency.
Master of Science in Communication Studies - VUB, University of Brussels
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my amazing wife Laura, and our 6 year old son Felix. We enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. I'm originally from Belgium, so seasons are still somewhat new to me. Before you ask, yes, the chocolate and beer cliches apply.
Currently Reading:On the Move: A Life (Oliver Sacks) | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) | Everyday Information Architecture (Lisa Maria Marquis)
Currently Watching:Peaky Blinders (Netflix)
Currently Learning:WordPress 5 and Gutenberg | Figma Auto Layout
My work at Communicate Health keeps me plenty busy these days. But it doesn't keep me from dreaming up ambitious plans to quit most social media and switch to an alternative online identity built upon Solid.