Copyright © Shyfrah van Helvert 2016

Hi, my name is Shyfrah

and I'm an Interaction Designer

Now you might think what is an Interaction Designer? It is like Steve Jobs once said:

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

And that is actually what Interaction Design is all about. Creating beautiful designs is one thing, but it doesn't automatically mean it has the desired user experience. That’s why Interactions Designers start by focussing on the end-users' needs and that’s why everything we create has logical and thought out behaviors and actions.

Now that you've got an idea of what it is that I do, you might ask how I became an Interaction Designer. I’ve always been a creative person, whether it was with crafts at primary school or later on by beautifying my school papers on the computer. I always made sure everthing looked as best as it could. But it wasn’t until I handed in my final geometrics paper at the havo, when my teacher told me I should think about a career as a designer. To me it was kind of normal to make my papers as nice as possible. I always made sure I had chosen a nice typography, colour and layout. I even “photoshopped” one of my classmates in a picture with Paint. So my teacher got me kinda curious so I attended Communication and Multimedia Design's open day. And that's when I fell in love with design.

Personal info

3 januari 1990

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Characteristics

Curious Responsible
Polite Perfectionist
Independent Social
Determined Creative Flexible
Entusiastic

Languages

Dutch (native)

English

French

German

Software

Windows XP - 10

Mac OS X El Capitan

Microsoft Office

Photoshop

Illustrator

Indesign

Dreamweaver

Premiere Pro

Sublime Text

Balsamiq

Experience

2017 - 2017

Front-end developer - Wickey GmBH & Co. KG Gangelt (DE)

I'm currently working as a webdesinger and front-end developer at Wickey GmBH &Co. KG. Here I'm working on designing and implementing the new website.

2015 - 2016

Interaction Design Intern - Co-eur Maastricht

For my graduation project I researched new media possibilities for a obesity treatment at Co-eur. I created a concept for a online community, which I later on designed, prototyped (HTML) and tested. Next to my graduation project I did some design work for Co-eur’s parent company Zorg van de Zaak. Click here to see my work.

2015

Interaction Design Intern - Ivengi Maastricht

During this internship I created a new logo and website for one of Ivengi’s partners. Next to that I designed some brochures for Ivengi and had some small design and front-end projects.

2013

Design and Front-end Intern - Betawerk Heerlen

For this internship I designed a big poster (roll-up banner) and some promotional flyers. I also designed and developed some HTML newsletters and did a little bit of front-end development.

Education

2015 - 2016

Extra curricular language course French DELF B1 - Zuyd University Maastricht

J'ai suivi un cours extracurriculaire de langue française du novembre 2015 au avril 2016. Ce cours a pour but de permettre aux participants de s'exprimer avec plus d'aisance dans un environnement professionnel.

2009 - 2016

HBO Communication and Multimedia Design - Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht Academy of Media design and Technology

I started studying Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) right after I graduated form the havo. The study CMD trains people to design digital media which is not only pleasant for the eye but also meets the end users’ needs.

2007 - 2009

Havo Economics & Society - ROC Leeuwenborgh Maastricht

After finishing the vmbo I started with the Economics and Society profile at the havo, a stream in the secondary educational system of the Netherlands. This profile emphasizes on social sciences, economy, and history. The mathematics classes focus on statistics and stochastics. This profile prepares for social science and economy training at the HBO.

2002 - 2006

Vmbo Trade and Administration (TL) - Sint Maartenscollege Maastricht

After finishing primary school I started at the vmbo, a stream in the secondary educational system of the Netherlands. After two year I chose the Trade and Administration profile and could practice it at a theoretical level (Theoretische leerweg). It prepares for middle management and vocational training in the mbo-level of tertiary education and it is needed to enter havo.

© Shyfrah van Helvert 2016