My name is Smilyan. I live mainly in Sheffield, UK but travel often to Bulgaria – my homeland. The passion I have for technology has developed since I was a kid. The first time I had a computer I wanted to know how it works, so I disassembled it and then spent the next two days trying to assemble it back together.
Later in highschool while studying business I was part of a student company providing advertising and media services. We went on to become the third best company in Europe at the annual gathering in Belgium in 2005. I was responsible for doing presentations and websites on Macromedia Flash and that’s when I decided I want to dedicate my time to design.
That decision brought me to Sheffield where I studied graphic design at the Sheffield Hallam University while simultaneously working as a freelance web designer. I was the only one on my course (120 people) who could “deal” with websites, and that gave me great opportunities to work on projects with my classmates.
After university I started my own company. One of my clients is a local business called TribePad. Through the work I have done with them, I have completed projects for the BBC, KFC, Tesco, PizzaHut, House of Frazer, Coca-cola to name a few. Through those experience I have learned a lot in terms of managing projects, working with teams of many different people, not just designers or developers, but also all other levels in those companies. At the same time I know the impact my work can make when there are tens of thousands of users visiting a page.
Everything I have learned I am now using to focus on helping small local businesses and individual owners, people who have a great service or product but do not necessarily know the benefits of an online presence or how to harvest them.
I am my business and I like the personal approach, because I love to work with people. This is reflected in how smilyanp.com has grown. You can find what I write about, what I design and code. I am completely open, honest and direct and you can easily see who you would be working with by browsing the pages here.
If you’re wondering what I am particularly skilled in, here it is:
- User experience design
- User interface design specifically for web applications
- Print design – primarily stationary
- Identity design
- Icon design
- CSS3, HTML5, SASS, LESS
- Bootstrap 2/3
- WordPress, WooCommerce
- Blade, Smarty
- Git, SVN, BitBucket, SourceTree
- CKEditor, TinyMCE
- Project Management: JIRA, Trello
- Video Calls: Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Skype
I am currently learning and experimenting with technologies for processing and using Big Data for machine learning, and learning Node.js.