Nick Sotiriadis // About me
"Doing design for a living is one thing - being alive for design is exhilarating!"
I am Nick Sotiriadis, 41 from Greece. I've been doing design professionally for the past 21 years, but I guess I've always been curious and restless when exploring everything around me.
I started my journey as a web designer and over the years I evolved into a product designer, but also a developer and a 3d modeler. As a perfectionist, I cannot settle for anything less than exceptional quality for my work.
My utlimate goal is to make people excited about a project - whether it is a product, a website or an interation that pops. I focus on information being direct and easy to absorb, intuitive design and clear flows.
On my free time, I just do some more design. When I am not designing, I am simracing, gaming or helping others figure out solutions to their problems over at stackoverflow.
I am always available for anyone that needs my help, so, don't hesitate to contact me if you are in any kind of trouble I can help you with.
SKILLS, COMPETENCES & PHILOSOPHY
Evolving technologies require new approaches and ways to interact with products; new challenges are approached with excitement and anticipation while they are considered opporunities for improvement. User excitement is the driving force of my passion to create intuitive solutions to complex challenges.
As a designer I draw inspiration by all aspects of life - other people's work, nature, architecture, movies, video games. I believe knowledge should be shared, so I help others any way I can - both in real life and also by providing to the online community of developers.
- Different designs for different audiences
- Safe design patterns than bleeding-edges
- Code should be maintainable
- Text should be left aligned!
- Consistency is more important than pixel-perfect designs
- I prefer bug-free than more features
- Small details matter
- Negative space plays a major role
- Data-Ink Ratio =~ 1
SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER
PCCW Global, 03/2015 - Present
Improve user experience, accelerate development by forming (and coding) a design system used by multiple products.
LEAD WEB DESIGNER
Green Apple, 10/2006 - 10/2012
Designed and developed more than 20 commercial websites.
LEAD WEB DESIGNER
www., 05/2001 - 12/2012
Designed and developed more than 80 commercial websites. Participated in multiple EU cultural projects.
FREELANCE WEB DESIGNER
Self-employed, 12/2008 - 03/2015
Designed and developed more than 20 commercial websites. Modeled and delivered industrial quality 3D models.
EDUCATION, LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
CERTIFIED SAFE 5.0 PROGRAM CONSULTANT
BACHELOR DEGREE OF RADIOLOGY
8 years experience in the public service (2008-2015)
HTML / CSS / Jquery
Expert use, using common patterns and best development practices.
WORDPRESS / D3
High level of proficiency - able to take on and successfully complete any challenge.
3D HARD SURFACE MODELING
Industrial quality 3D modeling and visual representation.
IMAGE EDITING / VIDEO COMPOSITING
Deep knowledge of image editing tools and fairly proficient with video composition tools.
OSes / OFFICE /HARDWARE
Excellent use of the office suite, fair knowledge of multiple OSes, hardware enthusiast.
SOFTWARE & TOOLS
Photoshop, Figma, Illustrator, After Effects, Rhinoceros, Unreal Engine, Maxwell Render, Git, PHP, Wordpress, Atom, Invision, Whimsical, Jira, Confluence
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Top 4% Overall - stackoverflow.com
Global Web Design Award (x2) - Pepin Press
CG Choice Award - forums.cgsociety.org
Professional Award - 3dm3.com
Frontpage - cg-cars.com
Frontpage - evermotion