Sanstream

My CV

Sanne Peters Interaction/UX Designer

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Personal info

Full name:
Sanne Peters
Location:
Venray, the Netherlands (Europe).
E-mail address:
sanne.peters2@gmail.com
Language skills:
Dutch and English, both written and spoken fluently. I do speak a bit of German, but not that well. Trying to learn Spanish and Japanese, but at a hobby like pace.
Nationality:
Dutch
Drivers license:
Not yet, but I am learning. Meanwhile I use public transportation like an expert 😉. But all funniness aside, I live 1 kilometre away from our local train station. So I have easy access to public transportation.
Hobbies:
Writing stories and making comics. Cooking and eating complicated food (a.k.a. being a foodie). Reading, everything from comics to novels.
website:
http://www.sanstream.nl/.
phone number:
++31 (0)6 262 742 30.
GitHub account:
https://github.com/sanstream/ (Take a look at some of my code)

Education and Degrees

  • 2000 – 2004: A dutch MBO degree in bio-technology.
  • 2004 – 2008: A BSc in bio-informatics at the HAN University, Nijmegen.

After graduating I came to the conclusion I was not the type to be a scientist, because in my heart I knew that I was a problem solver and a builder. With this in mind I started to work as software developer. During the initial two years I got really interested in the psychology of human computer interaction and other related UX things and started to guide my carreer in that direction.

Throughout the years I learned a lot from my peers (fellow UX-ers) and even gave a presentation or two myself.

Skills

Since my skills set is a bit diverse I though it would be helpful to explain it with the use of bar-charts. Each bar in the chart represents the level of each skill. The more blue a bar becomes the higher I rate my skills in it:

Design

I have a good understanding of design in general, but my main strengths are towards Interaction Design. The reason I find it so interesting is that it explains how people should, could and can use technology and the psychology behind it fascinates me.

Design tools

When it comes to tools I do not have preference to any type of tool and like to live by the philosophy "The right tool for the right job." I used to use tools like Illustrator and PhotoShop, but found that their open source alternatives have matured a lot over the years. So much so that I can use them in a professional manner.

At the moment I use tools including InkScape (for vector graphics) Krita (bitmap-based drawing in layers) and GIMP for standard image editing. Finally I use a small program called Pencil to create Lo-Fi wireframes for UI and UX design.

Front end development

I like to both figure out how something should work in relation a user and what kind of technologies can be used to achieve this. In web-development the closet technology to the end-user is the front-end of a website, so that is why my focus is mainly there:

Other skills

Originally I am from a background in programming in which I worked with several languages. I do however have to note that I nowadays do not work with them as much anymore.

I am a big fan of version control, which I not only use for storing code, but also design iterations and articles I write. It good to know if you wrote something a while ago, you can still retrieve it easily months later.

Work experience

Interaction design at Bed & Breakfast Europe

March 2016 – now

I was hired at Bed & Breakfast Europe (BBEU) to fill in a gap of design expertise within the company. BBEU had recently updated the layout and styling of their sites, with the help of an external design firm, to a responsive design. My job was to set up a way to build on this new design and find an effective way to maintain it.

Over the course of months I advised and figured out in which way the stakeholders could effectively communicate their wishes to development through the means of design, within the existing structure of their organisation.

To provide a solid foundation to work from I set up, with the help of two front-end developers, a component-based design system. This futher provided a foundation on which new features and innovation could happen.

Interaction design and development at Realtime Solutions B.V.

January 2014 – Februari 2016

At Realtime Solutions I worked on the various warehouse management interfaces (hand-held scanners, web-apps), slowly improving the user interaction of their existing systems and new ones. In addition I had the joy of working on a system that was used by different types of users. Ranging from Company executives and order pickers working on the warehouse floors.

While there, I also helped them set up a general corporate identity in terms of logo, interface layouts and corporate website. To help maintain this and communicate all the guidelines associated with it I also set up a internal style guide.

Futhermore I updated a system that allowed users to organise their warehouse processes on their own. These processes had a unique problem to them in that their network like structure could easily become a tangled mess. To solve this I used force directed graphs to help untangle them automatically.

Front-end development for BNG bank's website in conjunction with DigitPaint

October 2013 – December 2013 (2.5 months)

For this small projects I was hired by DigitPaint's Flurin Egger and Ronald Wind to develop the complete front-end based on an existing design.

Interaction design and development of a web-app for VDBC.nl

October 2013 – December 2013 (2.5 months)

This smaller project involved setting up a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) for a Dutch consultant active in road construction. This MVP would serve as interactive FAQ-app for road workers on how to deal with special problems. Although initially designed as a self-contained app, it was soon opted to build it as a web-app due to time constraints. The web-app itself was build using Angular JS.

Front-end development and Interaction design at StudyPortals

August 2012 – September 2013 (1 year and 1 month) Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

StudyPortals provides a search engine for educational resources, such as Bachelors and Masters degrees, but also language courses.

For StudyPortals I helped build up the Community Features on their portals. This included user-registration, -login, account management, saving the users favourite studies and favourite searches. In this I helped set up the user-interactions and build the front-ends in HTML, CSS3 en JavaScript.

I also rebuild the client reporting system to inform clients about the performance of their products. In this I re-structured large unwieldy data-tables to more concise interactive data-visualisations. These visualisations ranged from self-designed product-conversion diagrams, stacked graphs and tree-view browsers. All these data-visualisations were build in HTML and SVG with the help of the JavaScript library d3.js. Working with with data-visualisations re-kindled an old passion that I had for data.

Front-end development and technical client support at e*cube

November 2009 – August 2012 (2 years and 10 months) Nijmegen, Netherlands

At E*cube I, together with two other front-end developers, build and maintained web shops for companies such as Intertoys, Men at Work and Marskramer.

While doing technical support I started to develop an interest in User Experience [UX) and how design could improve it. This is when I started to apply and learn interaction design and developed a passion for it.

General web-development at Velox IT Services BV

October 2009 – November 2009 (2 months) Maastricht

A small job in which I build a web-based hour registration system. This was build in HTML and CCS and JavaScript using jQuery, with a back-end built in C# in ASP.NET.