Hi. I’m Svilen
I’m an inventor, designer, and futurist- born and raised in Varna, Bulgaria. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from VCU ( #1 U.S. public art program) and currently live outside of Washington D.C. where I help businesses reach their potential by solving complex product and design challenges.
My work and myself have been featured in…
Sophos Home- cybersecurity company that uses A.I. to protect the people and files you care about. I lead product design and UX efforts.
Invincea- cybersecurity startup that applies A.I. to protect major enterprises and government agencies. I was director of design and oversaw product features alongside the branding and identity of new products.
uCampaign- The gamified advocacy app that has been used by Donald Trump’s campaign (no prior knowledge or personal affiliation) and other major political organization. I led all design efforts, including gamification mechanisms.(Case study)
InGo- Social event marketing platform which organically grows event by word of mouth. I designed from the ground up, full time. (Case study)
Resonate Insights- marketing analytics firms which uses big data and machine learning to understand consumer’s psychology, beliefs and values to enable more tailored advertisement.
I invent concepts for products and experiences ranging from reimagining the mundane, to protecting fundamental human rights:
Rap Genius 2.0
What if we could quantify literary device in hip hop lyrics? The project went viral in early 2015 as it hit #1 on Reddit, and Behance. It led me to doing interviews with Complex’ Green Label and MassAppeal
iOS 9 Smart Widgets
My vision of the next paradigm of mobile interaction in a post-app world:
Spotify Vibes Concept
Reimagining music curation with emojis
Google Scholar Web Extension
An epistemological compass to guide readers in an age of fake news:
AR Drawing Instructor
Competency based drawing lessons could be possible with AR:
A keyboard app to protect your identity from stylometric analysis:
iOS Zen + Do Not Disturb
Solving for mental wellbeing and smartphone addiction:
In a hyperconnected world, how do we create a healthy relationship with technology that enhances our lives?medium.com
Update: Apple just announced Screen Time and Do Not Disturb features which share much overlap like Allowance and usage…medium.com
Several other concepts for Apple’s iOS:
The easiest way to give instructions, make decisions, and share opinions:medium.com
Collaboration between designers and copywriters via Figma’s API:
I’ve been writing about innovation and design since the early 2010’s and have climbed to Top Writer on Medium for both categories, 2 years in a row.
I write about Design philosophy…
Design challenges are nothing new- plenty of companies use them in order to assess potential employees’ problem solving…medium.com
Once upon a time, our society revered and celebrated artists. They were held in the highest regards and entrusted with…medium.com
…I share my knowledge and experiences:
“Design ethics” is one of those phrases that most of us brush over as too… intangible, too abstract, or even maybe too…medium.com
Designing Programmes by Karl Gerstner is one of the most elusive design books in the world. Brand new copies retail for…medium.com
… discuss the neuroscience, psychology and physiology of design:
With the recent hype around Snapchat’s IPO, the app has been the center of speculation of not just Wall Street but…medium.com
A few weeks ago, I was stranded on an island for a week with my iPad Pro as my main device. As I layed on the Punta…medium.com
Research suggests that color perception is rooted in biology, as babies have been observed to distinctly categorize…medium.com
…I also explore implications and solutions of emerging technologies:
Early 2017 has been an exciting time for brain-computer interface (BCI) development. Major players in the tech industry…medium.com
In the past, if you didn’t want your neighbor seeing you sunbathe in your backyard, you simply built a fence. If your…medium.com
The true mark of success for wearables will be when they offer a killer app that is independent of our phones.medium.com
I create short video essays about potential problems and solutions posed by disruptive technologies on my channel Disruption Theory:
Feel free to drop me a line and say hi, seriously.