About

Chris Scicluna [xik-luna] born on the 24th April 1989, a young and entrepreneurial person who is in love with designing clean, modern & appealing user experiences. He believes that every piece of design can turn out to be a work of art, and whilst doing this always tries to be unique and push the boundaries. Also strongly believes that due to recent advancements in front end technology, one can achieve pixel perfect interfaces that respect the design with minimum loss of detail.

Also fond with management, trying always to achieve user end goals in a quantifiable environment using modeling diagrams, timelines & effective time management.

He strongly believes in self-achievement.

Experience

GFI Software LTD.User Experience & Interaction DesignerNov 2011 - Present
User Experience & Interaction Designer, responsibilities consist in: designing clean and simple user interfaces based on HCI foundations and Usability Principles for major Security & Utility Software.

Iterating through UCD to achieve the most usable and learnable user interface; UCD process consist in conducting competitive analysis, gather requirements, paper prototyping, wireframing, user testing, conducting heuristic analysis & cognitive walkthroughs, designing UI in Photoshop and coding it using the latest technologies in front end development.

Other responsibilities consist in mentoring new User Experience recruits and innovating products through the use of gamification. Also in charge of some interesting side projects which aid in facilitating the day to day processes of the team.
Crimsonwing PLCFront End DeveloperNov 2010 - Nov 2011
Lead Front End Developer, responsibilities consist in: designing user interfaces, developing front end interfaces which are cross browser compliant with all browsers (including IE6 & Safari2). Hands-on experience with multiple programming languages ranging from Java to PHP, responsible for skinning of solutions such as Magento, Hybris & Intershop.

Researching new front end technologies, whilst maintaining code usable & manageable, lead role in optimising websites for both PageSpeed & YSlow.
Hwebsystems LTDWeb DeveloperJun 2007- Nov 2010
Main role was that of Web Designer & Web Developer, developing user interfaces using XHTML, CSS, Jquery, Flash. Responsible for Database Management and development of News & Events Modules for Hospitality Websites.

Also responsible for the development of flash animated interactive banners.
Pointblank mediaFreelance2005-2010
Freelance with a company established in the UK, varying from Flash Banners to Web Design & Development for several notorious names in both the food industry and museum sector.

Education

MSc. Human Computer Interaction (User Experience)University of HertfordshirePresent
Progressing his studies further specializing in the interaction between users and any type of media, analyzing their behavioral traits and specializing in user experience.
Adobe Certified Expert (Photoshop)Adobe Systems IncorporatedPresent
Sitting for an examination in January to get certified as an ACE in Photoshop.
Prep. Programme MSc. ICT CIS (E-Identification)University of Malta2010-2011
Completed a year specializing in E-Identification & User Management before deciding to change courses and specialize in what he really is fond of (User Experience & Interaction)
BSc. Business & ComputingUniversity of Malta2007-2010
Completing this course not only did he achieve a large I.T knowledge but also developed analysis & management skills which are a must in nowadays fast paced digital world.
St. Aloysius College - Sixth FormMatsec Examination Board2005-2007
A-Levels: Accounting, Computing
Intermediate: Maths, Italian, Economics, Systems of Knowledge
St.Aloysius College - SecondaryMatsec Examination Board2000-2005
13 Ordinary Level Qualifications

Skills

USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER


The art of designing final products which not only are aesthetically pleasing, but put the users’ requirements as the main and primary goal. In doing so increasing conversion rates, determining a memorable user experience which will impact on the identity of the brand.

This is done through rigorous research, creating personas & wireframes, which later take form into prototypes ready for testing & re-engineering.


FRONT END DEVELOPER


The art of converting a concept into working technology, using latest web standards, paying attention to great detail, whilst making sure the solution is cross browser compatible. Intensive research is done constantly, since this area of development has recently undergone major improvements.

Optimization of the site is held as a primary goal, keeping http requests to a minimum, thus rendering in no time, and SEO considerations are done constantly always seeking to improve the visibility of the solution in major Search Engines.

  • Photoshop★★★★★
  • Html★★★★★
  • Jquery★★★★★
  • CSS★★★★★
  • In-Browser Debugging★★★★★
  • SEO★★★★★
  • Optimization★★★★★
  • Javascript★★★★
  • Php★★★★
  • Wordpress★★★★
  • Magento Theming★★★★
  • Flash★★★
  • Mysql★★★
  • Illustrator★★★
  • ASP.NET★★★