Say Hello to Hrvoje, Product Designer at Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a team of problem solvers. We apply design thinking and engineering precision to solve business challenges our clients face. As an agency, we grew through successful cooperation with a number of startups. This means we know how to deliver real-world results, quickly and within the budget, over and over again. All software, zero bullshit.
Time to meet the Product Designer at Cinnamon Agency, Hrvoje!
What are the challenges or misconceptions about your job?
Sometimes all the client wants to have is a beautiful app or a website, we as designers will always deliver that but a UI/UX designer is here to make products functional and intuitive for people who are going to be using them. There are a lot of misconceptions that designers work only on one device or that it takes "only 10 minutes" to design something but sometimes there can be hours and hours put into creating not only a beautiful product but as well a functional one.
What do you like about your role?
The flexibility and the scope of projects a designer can be working on is something that I really enjoy. One day you will be learning about gift cards, and the other day you'll be making a user flow for a bunch of complicated financial services. I just like to solve problems, untangle very complicated user flows, and talk to people to understand their needs and problems.
What inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
My first step starting in design was a game of removing objects in photoshop and having fun with it but then it grew into something much more serious. I enjoyed learning how design and human perception are tightly bound and how composition, layout, the choice of colour, and typography can make something very eye-pleasing. Then I encountered UX/UI design and the problem-solving side of the design in general.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started their career?
For anybody who is starting in design I would say be persistent and always work on your skills and knowledge. You will never know everything. Dare to get out of your comfort zone, be humble and accept others’ kind critics and learn from your mistakes - if you let, it can all be more useful than any education you'll ever attend. Oh, and know when to say NO, it can save your life
What are your hobbies?
In my free time, I’m reading books on design thinking, as well as on Catholic theology, philosophy, and spirituality. The biggest joy I have in my life are my wife and my daughter, spending time with them is the most important thing to me because it fulfils me
Your favourite quote?
"Design is so simple, that's why it's so complicated." - Paul Rand and "Trust your designer with all your heart." - St. Thomas Aquinas
Get to know Hrvoje and the rest of the Cinnamon Agency team!
We’re delighted that Hrvoje decided to join Cinnamon Agency – it’s been great having them on board! If you have any questions or want to get to know Hrvoje or one of their colleagues from the Product Designer team, we can put you in touch. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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