Jakub Antalík

Talking with User Interface & User Experience Designers

My name is Jakub Antalík and I’m product designer from Slovakia. Currently I’m working for Sygic, a navigation company. Also I’m working on some personal projects like Taasky and a few other interesting startups.

When your friends or parents ask to you what job do you do, how do you answer?

Sometimes it’s really hard to explain. In short I tell them that I design buttons and texts for telephones.

What is your background, how did you train?

I started as a freelancer during my high school years and then I worked for internet agency in Prague, where I learned more about graphic design, typography, etc. I’ve always been trying to learn from better designers, either by watching their portfolios or by working with them.

What the web can do to make this world a better place? How did the web improve your life( if it did)?

I think that web is first of all about access to a huge amount of information and it’s only up to each one of us how we make use of it. For me, web makes it possible to learn every day and expand my knowledge in domains that I am interested in.

Can you show us three examples of interface that in your opinion improved human life?

Telephone, steering wheel of a car and alarm clock.

On quora.com, time ago there was a long discussion in answer to the question “what is the most intuitive interface ever created?”; according to Felipe Rocha it is the nipple, in your opinion instead? (http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-intuitive-interfaces-ever-created)

That is quite a philosophic question, and it’s quite relative what can or cannot be considered an interface. For the oldest forms of interface I consider things like a pencil or hammer — everyone knows immediately how to use them with no need for a deeper knowledge.

How is your work day type?

It’s nothing special, I get up a little later, I check my e-mails, then I work, I listen to music and sometimes I have some meeting.

What is the most stimulating and challenging project you have accomplished?

Recently I finished a new music project that I founded with few of my friends. It is quite an atypical project and a lot of things about it was a real challenge for me. Next, I must mention Taasky.com , on which we constantly work to bring more functions to it. Or last project for navigation company Sygic.

Taasky app

What is, among the existing digital services, the one you wanted to do?

I like Dropbox and their attitude about their projects and design altogether. I as well like the way Spotify chose in recent time.

Many designers commit the mistake of starting a project directly from Photoshop, is there a perfect design method? What is your approach to the creative process?

I do not condemn that approach, but starting in Photoshop is unnecessarily slow and limiting, so I prefer a pencil and paper, it is much faster and it also fits well into presentation for the client J

The “design” is an important part of our analogic life. What is the role of the designer in our digital life?

I think that there is more design everywhere around us than we realize and that’s why we shouldn’t underestimate it, as it always influences our decisions and our activities. That means the duty of every designer should be applicability in the first place and of course to create an esthetic experience for the user.

Speedmeter app

Do you believe it is important for a designer to have a deep knowledge of matters as User Experience, Interaction Design, Product Design, and Front-end development?

It is important to realize what kind of designer a person wants to be and according to that they should develop their further skills. I started as a web designer and gradually I learned more and more about Interface Design. At this time I want to improve at UX and Interaction Design.

In which way do you make a difference between User Interface and user experience?

In short, User Interface is about what the product looks like and User Experience is about how the product works and what experience it offers to the use

What is your relationship with the developers? There are people that have a relationship of continuous confrontation and other of deep friendship, where do you collocate with respect to this question?

It is natural that designers and developers are in confrontation, it’s part of their job. It’s important to not take it personally and to be able to uphold my work before them and also to make compromises.

How do you think that your career and job will evolve in the next 5 years?

That’s a hard question, I have not yet decided whether I want to work as an employee or to work on my own projects. Anyway I want to participate in creation of extraordinary products.

A famous quotation of David Carson (noted American graphic designer) says: “Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does”. Will the User Interface Design save the world, before, at the same time, or after the graphic design?

I think that User Interface Design is slowly but surely becoming more important than Graphic Design, because it influences more and more people in their everyday lives and in the future, it’s importance will only grow.

What do you think about Dribbble? Is it a good way to get a job? What’s the best way to find a job as designer?

Dribbble and Behance are sure the best way to make make my work visible and to find my own clients. I think that it’s best to present myself with my own projects which are not limited by clients and therefore can be much more interesting.

What book would you advice to a Junior Designer?

Don’t make me think by Steve Krug.

Always as far as advices: what tools for the design? What tools for the projects management ?

For the design I use photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Axure, and for project management Jira and of course Taasky J

Dribbble : https://dribbble.com/antalik