It is said that the beginnings are difficult, so let’s begin with obvious presentations: Hi, my name is Jose, I’m a computer engineer and I was born in Almería (Southeast of Spain).
Since I can remember, I’ve been always interested in technology and everything related to it. When I was a kid I loved drawing, painting, using my imagination and crafting: stories, gadgets, space ships, adventures, games, and so on.
That early vocation has been with me along my education period and professionally afterwards: as a computer engineer I’ve been able to use awesome tools to create fantastic applications, and as a graphic designer, I’ve been able to let my imagination run free and to shape my ideas.
I’ve been designing professionally for almost 20 years, but since very recently (2-3 years) I’m especially interested in interaction, usability and user experience. Those topics have always been present in my designs and apps, but not in a more deliberately and consciously way.
Currently I work at BCC Cajamar, a spanish south east’s bank, in the digital banking department. Although I am currently developing web services and helping in everything I can be useful for, my final goal is to collaborate in interfaces and user experience designing.
Previously I was working as interface designer and user experience (UI / UX) in Barcelona for NDT Global, a German company with international projection, dedicated to pipeline technical inspection.
My experience as a programmer has helped me in understanding the functional requirements of each project: the limitations, the objectives, etc. I also work under Agile/SCRUM methodologies, what really helps and I truly appretiate.
As father and husband, I spend most of the time with my family. The rest of the lacking time I like watching movies, reading, playing videogames and, overall, I like to do anything that I can enjoy and that can be an inspiration for me.
I enjoy any movie/book genre, but my predilection has been always science-fiction (Arthur C. Clarke, Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, …).
Some of my prefferences have to do with the fact of have grown up in the 80s: the outdated bands, the pixel art, …
And I still have time, believe it or not, to catch up with videogames, whether it is a turn-based strategy, first-person shooter or even mobile one.