My name is Victor Matei, I am a Master's student in interactive design at Gobelins, school of design, and I am looking for an internship in UX design from April to September 2015.
If you got 5 minutes, scroll down to see how I came to UX design, why I love it, and some of my work. That will give you an idea wether we can match and work together for 6 months ! Have a good visit :-)
The UX designer must understand what underlies people's behaviors and decisions. He is hunting the Why, because behind a What or a How - the behavior - always stands a Why. And the Why plays at the emotional level of cognition.
I’ve always loved to decrypt that part of our brain and my great interest in UX design comes from that passion for understanding behaviors.
Comon is a mobile app project I did during my Master course at Gobelins with three other students. It is a social dating app like Tinder in which you can use the power of the facebook connect API to filter the results and find people that match your interests, events, friends in common or places you go.
I wireframed the application using balsamiq, create the whole information architecture and did user journeys.
I am really curious, especially about people ! As an example, when I've studied for one year in Rio de Janeiro, I've lived in 6 different places ! I was too curious about discovering new people. You can hear me debating with the same pleasure, either with the favela's football player in Rio or the jewish scout in Paris (I've been a scout for 12 years!).
Then, over the years, and constantly trying to adapt to different people and undertand them, I've broadened out my empathy and my open-mindedness.
Shop Adventure is an academic project I did with three other students in my Master course at Gobelins. It is an application aiming at enchanting customer’s visits of the Aeroville mall near Roissy. During your visit, by pointing out the front window of a shop with the camera of your smartphone, you can get promotions and trigger little games.
I wireframed the screens and the arborescence, did storyboards of user journeys, personas, and helped design the UI.
When I finished my bachelor degree in economics at Dauphine University, I spent one summer in the San Francisco helping my cousin and his friends building an art car (the sugar cubes, on the photo) for the Burning Man festival.
This journey competely changed my mind. My cousin studied software engineering, so I met a bunch of product designers and engineers. I discovered their faith and enjoyment for creating things aiming at changing people’s lives and I realized that building what one imagine, as ambitious as it can be, is always possible.
I was an active member of the Association Cinema Dauphine at Dauphine University, where I studied economics. We were organizing many things among which the Daufilm festival, a cinema festival with 2000 attendees, conferences, projections and a short film competition.
I did the visual comunication campaign (on the photo) and organized a conference for the festival in 2013.
I came back from California with the american virus for making stuff. Besides my Master course in financial engineering, I dived into the web design world and learned to code web application at the 3W Academy.
I started to develop an increasing interest in finding the underlying rules of a good design. I read amazing books about design thinking and eventually applied for the Interactive Communication Management Master Course at Gobelins to study UX design.
Better Days is a personal project I am developping with two fellow students. We are building a simple platform allowing people to donate easily and securely to the most eficient charities in the world (those selected by the Givewell association).
I made questionaire and benchmark to know better how people give, wireframed and designed the website several times and today I am coding it when I have free time (with Node.js and Amazon Web Service for hosting).
This photo is an illustration of Mosquito Coast, a book written by Paul Theroux telling the story of Allie Fox, a misanthropic and talented inventor who gradually sinks into illness by trying to reinvent alone a better world for him and his family, somewhere near the Amazon river. He eventually dies alone, because he only counted on himself to survive.
Quite the opposite, I believe that collaboration is always the best strategy, especially in the creation process. And feedback is the cornerstone of collaboration. I like providing feedback as well as asking for it. Especially when it is negative. Working in team is a real pleasure for me.
This photo (I am the tiger guy!) was taken at a big party (video here) I organized for 150 people last September. Also, I organized cinema conferences at the Dauphine University two years ago, I organized a charity football tournament in a favela for 150 children when I was in exchange in Brasil three years ago, and took part in the organization of scout camps when I was 18 to 20...
I am always up to set up projects and make some work. I am versatile, dynamic and have a lot of energy to inject in things I like to do ... like UX design! ;-)
Belezadobrasil.fr is a website I created for training purpose, when I was learning web development. It is a copy of pinterest where users can show off photos of Brazil. It is not completely finished yet. Still, it is available on the web, so go on and look at my photos of Brazil !
I created it with Ruby on Rails, using Bootstrap, Github, Heroku, and Amazon Web Service to store the images. I’ve found really pleasant to code with Ruby on Rails, an Agile MVC framework really useful for beginners to give shape to their ideas.
During my Bachelor and Master degrees in economics and finance, I worked a lot with statistics, mathematics, and programming for finance.
My final project in Master was to code a software using VBA on Excel to download the financial datas of hedge funds (all belonging to the Aberdeen Asset management group) and compare their performances statistically (photo). So, I have no fear of spreadhsheets and trust figures to make decisions !
To finish with the UX design literature I like, here is a list of design patterns that struck me : the Golden circle from Simon Sinek, « Don’t make me think » from Steve Krug, Donald Norman and its three different levels of cognition, the Build-Measure-Learn cycle from Eric Ries, and the Hook Model from Nir Eyal.
What else ? I am convinced that data visualization is kind of the future of web design, I am a huge fan of brazilian music and I know every single dialog of the movie Gladiator ;-)
The ball is in your court ! If you think we match, then, please contact me at email@example.com
Hope you had a good visit and may the force to be with you.