Miklos Barton – UI/UX Designer

Senior Designer based in Zürich.

I strive to design joyful and timeless experiences connecting my client's product to the need of their users.

Miklos Barton

About me

In a nutchell

I'm a lucky dude. I have plenty of hobbies and creating products from scratch is one of them, since the day I turned our 33.6kb modem on, back in 1998. At that moment I realized how technology and design can create endless possibilities. 

In the past 20 years - since I taught myself how to write HTML & Javascript by decoding source views of National Geographic and created my first website - I almost fulfilled every dream of mine. I built my own Facebook in 2003 - before Facebook became mainstream in 2008-, I've seen the rise and fall of many startups, raised 18 million CHF of investment, as a freelancer I could travel the world around and worked for sh*t lot of global brands and agencies. As it turned out, the last company I worked for: Fantasy Interactive, just recently won Best Agency in the World (full size) in 2018. I'm happy that I created so many great products which used with love by millions every day.

So yeah, that's it. 20 years and I'm still obsessed to challenge myself to create and learn something new every day. I am continuously looking for new methods and UX/UI patterns, softwares, plugins to make my daily workflow more and more efficient on a regular basis.

Besides coming up with sitemaps, wireframes, layouts, and prototypes, I'm trying to find to find time to improve my Swift development skills or exploring new techniques in After Effects or Cinema4d. 

Tools

Each project and task requires unique approaches.
Here are my all time favorite ones to achieve them.

Sketch
InVision
FramerJS
Principle
Axure
Analytics
Photoshop
After Effects
Cinema4d
XCode

My Path

Startups, agencies, non-profit organizations, small and global companies all around the world.

2016–

Freelancer

Senior Product Designer
Zürich, Switzerland

I help Swiss financial startups by UX/UI design.

Responsibilities
  • Communicating with clients
  • Creating Wireframes
  • Creating Visual Styleguides
  • Creating Interactive Prototypes
  • Designing outstanding visuals for websites, interwebs, and mobile user interfaces

2016–2018

Lead Product Designer
San Francisco • Zürich, Switzerland

One of my dreams came true when I met with Gleb Kuznetsov in the summer or 2016 in Zürich who offered me a job to join my dream-agency, Fantasy Interactive. Less than two years, I worked for global companies such as UFC, IMG, Hueawei or Royal Caribbean and got invited to client meetings in San Francisco, Las Vegas.

Responsibilities
  • Attend daily standups (via Google Hangout)
  • Leading the UFC Design Team
  • Communicating with the UX Team
  • Communicating with external vendors
  • Creating Wireframes
  • Creating Visual Styleguides
  • Creating Interactive Prototypes
  • Creating Moodboards
  • Designing outstanding visuals for websites, interwebs, and mobile user interfaces

2014–2016

Lead Product Designer
Zürich, Switzerland

Back in 2014, with three others (Dennis Just, Christina Kehl, and Moritz Haag) we created Knip, a mobile application which meant to revolutionize the Insurance Industry. From a small office in Zürich, we built a 100 employee company with two offices based in Zürich and Berlin, supported by a development team in Belgrade, Serbia. We raised more than 20 million Swiss Francs investment and became one of the best Fintech company in Switzerland.

Responsibilities
  • Creating a visual identity (Logo, name card, T-shirt, etc.)
  • Art Direction
  • Website Visual Design for Web and Mobile Applications (iOS, Android)
  • Creating Information Architecture
  • Creating User Flows
  • Creating a TV Advertisement
  • Creating Social Media Ads
  • Continuously improve UX and Visual Design
  • Design handoff to the Dev Team
  • Communicating with the Dev Team and Management
  • Visiting offices in Berlin and Belgrade
  • Attend at company events

2013–2014

Senior Product Designer
Zürich, Switzerland

Never thought in my life that I'd be asked by a foreign company to move abroad (definitely not by a Swiss company). But it did happen, and it did completely change my life. Leaving the agency life behind and turning into a Product Designer was a huge step forward and was helpful for me.

Responsibilities
  • Attending daily standups
  • Creating visual designs for mobile app
  • Creating visual designs for websites
  • Communicating with UX Team
  • Communicating with Dev Team
  • Design handoff to the Dev Team

2011–2013

Digital Art Director
Budapest, Hungary

Proudly worked with the Best Digital Agency in Hungary for several years. I work with great talents and great companies, such as McDonald's, Vodafone, OTP Bank, WizzAir.

Responsibilities
  • Designing brochures, posters
  • Creating visual designs for websites and microsites
  • Designing Social Media apps
  • Visual design for mobile apps
  • Communicating with UX Team
  • Handoff to the dev team

2009–2011

Freelancer

Art Director
Budapest, Hungary

After gathering some years of experience I gave it a try to run my own business for a short time.

Responsibilities
  • Attracting new clients
  • Project Management
  • Art Direction
  • Designing websites, microsites
  • Designing Visual Identity for small businesses
  • Communicating with external vendors
  • Creating brochures, flyers, name cards
  • Invoicing

2008–2009

Senior Designer
Budapest, Hungary

I worked for Coca-Cola, HBO, Mol, Kraft Foods, Hungarian Post, Betsson, and some other Hungarian companies.

Responsibilities
  • Designing and developing interactive ads in Adobe Flash
  • Designing promo websites and microsites
  • Developing interactive Flash websites and microsites
  • Design handoff to the dev team
  • Art Direction

2005–2008

Cafe Interactive

Senior Designer
Budapest, Hungary

My first agency. Worked with a great team, worked for great companies, such as BMW, OTP Bank, Vodafone, Radio Danubius.

Responsibilities
  • Designing and developing interactive ads in Adobe Flash
  • Designing promotional websites and microsites
  • Developing interactive Flash websites and microsites
  • Design handoff to the dev team
  • Attending project kickoffs

2004–2005

Software Developer
Budapest, Hungary

My first job before CSS existed and everything was hardcoded. Oh boy, those were the days. I built websites and custom CMS modules for small businesses.

Responsibilities
  • Frontend development
  • Custom PHP/XML modul development
  • Email and newsletter template development

Volunteer experience

During my college years, instead of focusing on becoming an engineer, I rather helped IAESTE (International Association for the Students for Technical Experience) by spending most my time in a cellar developing websites. As it turned out, I made the right decision. I could collect so much experience that I got my first job as a Software Developer.

Thank you I.A.E.S.T.E!

2004 - 2005

IAESTE

National Secretary
Hungary

Being responsible for a national organization with more than 100 students involved? It was scary AF. Just like leading a company with 13 local offices. Not to mention attending abroad and represent the national organization on a global level.

Responsibilities
  • Communicate with Local Committees and their Presidents
  • Visiting Local Committees on-site 
  • Report to Local Committees
  • Communicate on a daily basis with Vice Presidency
  • Attend at local, national events
  • Attend at Annual Conference (Vienna, Austria)
  • Create an Annual Report

2003

IAESTE

Summer Reception Coordinator
Hungary

The year when I built my own Facebook. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how it can be useful outside the organization. But at least I got a lot of invitation to talk about it in my neighbor countries.

Responsibilities
  • Built a custom CMS (Trainees were able to subscribe for upcoming events, upload photos, chat, etc.
  • Trainee arrivals, departures
  • Organization of accommodation
  • Organization of local and international events
  • Organization of International Day event
  • Accounting for revenue and expenses
  • Report to the Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Exchange
  • Report to the National Committee

2002 - 2005

IAESTE

Web Coordinator
Hungary

For many years I've been responsible for maintaining and upgrading the organization's digital ecosystem, including server- and website maintenance, mailing lists, etc.

Responsibilities
  • Maintain the server (Linux)
  • Maintain mailing lists and users
  • Built a custom CMS (website and intraweb)
  • Creating promotional websites and microsites for events
  • Update websites and intraweb
  • Report to the National Committee
  • Attend, report and speak both national and international conferences (CEC: Prague, Checz Republic)

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