Hi. I’m Svilen

I’m an inventor, designer, and futurist. Born and raised in Varna, Bulgaria I currently live outside of Washington D.C. where I help local startups reach their potential by solving complex product and business challenges. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from VCU ( #1 U.S. public art program) and currently lead product design at Sophos Home, a cybersecurity company that uses A.I. to protect the people and files you love.

My work and myself have been featured in…

Some of my prior work

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)

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.

InGo- Social event marketing platform which organically grows event by word of mouth. I designed from the ground up, full time. (Case study)

My Inventions

I invent concepts for products and experiences ranging from reimagining the mundane, to protecting fundamental human rights:

I invented Rubix Toolkit, the brainstorming framework for disruptive startup ideas and innovative solutions, which has been downloaded in over 25 countries. Go download it, it’s free!

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:

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:

Several other concepts for Apple’s iOS:


Collaboration between designers and copywriters via Figma’s API:

My Writing

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…

…I share my knowledge and experiences:

… discuss the neuroscience, psychology and physiology of design:

…I also explore implications and solutions of emerging technologies:

Articles retweeted by Core77, General Assembly, Marvel, Smashing Magazine, Muzli, Sidebar, etc.

My Films

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.