kevinhorek

Chief Design Officer, UX/UI Designer, Prototyper, Front-End Dev. for 25 years

1 Startup Acquisition, TV/Radio Host, & Published Author

About

Kevin Horek

I am Kevin Horek, a Chief Design Officer, UX/UI Prototyper, Front-End Dev., TV/Radio Host and a published author by Packt Publishing on Zurb's responsive framework, Foundation 5. I studied web development and design at universities across North America, including UCLA and the University of Alberta. My Radio/TV/Podcast, Building The Future, was started to get over my fear of public speaking and I continued to push myself out of my comfort zone by guest blogging for AlphaGamma, TechZulu, and SOCAP. I also recently emceed SUP-X - The Start-Up Expo as well as had a live fireside chat on stage with the keynote speaker.

For over 25 years, I have been working on web and mobile apps for some of the world’s most notable and well-respected organizations. Among them are BMW, Best Buy, Apple, Adobe, Sprint, Eastlink, TD Canada Trust, Qantas Airlines, Emirates Airlines, CB Richard Ellis, Microsoft, The Home Depot, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Singapore University of Technology and Design, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Monsanto, Cargill, Sage Therapeutics, Goshen Health, PepsiCo, The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Air Force Civil Engineering Center, Abu Dhabi Health Services, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture, Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Cushman & Wakefield and Colliers International.

My design and development projects have won critical acclaim and have been featured by media outlets like Hit Parader magazine. I had my first startup acquisition in 2019.

I continue to champion superior user experiences and maintain a relentless focus on achieving my goals in all of my ventures. I have been a contributor to the open-source community on FOLIO and I co-host a monthly tech meetup in my hometown of Edmonton called Nerds Night Out.

My Process

cloudBig Picture

I find ways to push the design and technology while keeping the big picture in mind.

emoji_peoplePlanning

I get members of the project team together and wireframe.

devices_otherDesigning

Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, etc., I have extensive knowledge of design software.

codePrototyping

Sometimes you can do in-browser design, I have used my front-end frameworks for this.

paletteTheming

I have themed most popular and past languages for both web and mobile.

peopleTeams

I have worked with teams of all sizes in-person and remote.

Selected Work

The Zept assistant

Like the Google Assistant, the Zept assistant guides you on your university journey from finding a school to your first day. We update the interface with the most relevant information as you go through your journey.

Zept

I handle the UI/UX design in Sketch, Adobe XD and prototyping with Material UI in React and React Native. The prototype then gets deployed to Heroku for user, device and browser testing.

About Zept

Our mission is to help international students get into the best school possible. Students enter their grades and what they want to study and our algorithm begins recommending schools that best match their goals and abilities.

The Blinc Project

A 3D data rendering engine for Mac OS, Windows and mobile that allows the University of Alberta to train their robotic arm to pick up and move different items based on pressure needed. The goal is to one day connect these arms to real people that lost a limb and this is their training software.

Stacks & Stacks Mobile

A content research portal that is used by some of the top Academic Libraries, Corporations, Governments, Militaries, Healthcare, & Public Libraries. Also, my first acquisition.

Impaired Driving Education App

I did the design of this Android and iOS native application for the Government of Alberta.

More Work Here

Other Projects

TV/Radio/Podcast Host
BlastRocket - Coming Soon