HARRY KONTOS

Designer. Design Anthropologist.

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BIO

Harry Kontos is a Senior User Interface (Ui) Designer, with experience in UX and Design Anthropology.

He currently leads User Interface Design at Esri Australia. Previously, Harry has led production UI design for Whispir Pty Ltd and Interactive Pty Ltd, (Australia’s largest privately owned IT company), and UX-UI for the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and CSIRO, creating interactive prototypes, visuals, production user interfaces and future concepts for big data visualisation in apps, mobile web and web.

Harry was on the panel of Australia's Digital Transformation Agency - User Experience Working Group (DTA UXWG) and is Co-organiser of the Melbourne Professional Design Anthropology Meetup group (MPDA). In 2016 and 2017, Harry led the industry side of two collaborative innovation projects with Swinburne's Design Factory Melbourne.

Harry's strengths include effectively communicating in speech, text and image, and the ability to ask the right questions. He engages with business clients, analysts and developers to make complexity understandable and enjoyable. He does this with a pragmatic approach combining observation, empathy and best practice experience. Harry has solid hands-on experience in modern UI design, including visual and interaction design, with strong prototyping skills and UX design. He is passionate about design thinking and non-digital design. Harry is known for his ability to think beyond immediate constraints to craft compelling, aesthetically refined stories that win users and awards.

Harry attained his Master’s Degree in Design (Design Anthropology) from Swinburne University in 2013, with High Distinctions in most units. Design Anthropology represents the synthesis of academic anthropology with the professional practice of design. It explores how design helps to define what it means to be human, then translates this understanding into tangible experiences.

Harry's design-related interests span several creative fields including digital design for web and mobile platforms, online and social presence, graphic art, architecture and industrial design, 'bio-design', critical design, art history and aesthetic theory. Harry is passionate about emerging internet and mobile innovation, science, psychology, and related design movements, and seeks ways to apply them in his work.

2018+

Esri Australia Pty Ltd (Melbourne, VIC)

Senior UI DESIGNER / Innovation

Product and UI Design for the Innovation Hub of Esri Australia and Boustead Geospatial. Prototyping and creating custom solutions for users of smart, functional map-centric stories with big data and interactive visualisations. Includes design of UI, some UX, design and systemisation of components and extensive GIS/Geospatial interface work. (Oct +)

2018

Whispir Pty Ltd (Melbourne, VIC)

LEAD UI-UX DESIGNER

Product design, interface and UX for next generation Whispir intelligent broadcasting platform. Activities include designing for: wireframing, interactive prototypes and visual/motion/interaction design. Also responsible for final production design and Design System generation. (Jan-Oct)

2017 2018

Interactive Pty Ltd (Port Melbourne, VIC)

SENIOR DESIGNER (UI / Interaction)

Designing custom software products, apps and mobile solutions for a diverse client base in a multidisciplinary team of UX, UI, BA, test, sales, marketing and engineering specialists. In this role I helped establish a UI-design workflow around Sketch-Axure-Principle-Zeplin tools and also took some side projects including video art direction and kiosk experiences with specialised hardware.

2013 2016

BOM (Melbourne, VIC)

SENIOR UX / UI DESIGNER

Lead digital designer for BoM’s UX and UI output. In this position I created designs for the BOM’s award-winning, high-visibility web and mobile web public presences, including MetEye and some apps for iOS and Android (BOM Weather and BOM Water). I gained experience in designing for geospatial data and mapping UI’s. I had overall responsibility for the production design of complete user-interfaces, and for generating ideas and creating prototypes.

2011 2013

BOM (Melbourne, VIC)

UI DESIGNER

Web design, digital assets, GIS and mapping design. Worked extensively on main public-facing weather website, as well as marine and climate sites. Designed UIs, IAs, graphics and styles.

2002 2010

CSIRO IM&T (Clayton, VIC)

LEAD DESIGNER – UI & VISUAL DESIGN

Worked to bring progressive and sensitive UX and UI solutions to complex digital problems for diverse products and services. In this role I created many user-centred web and application designs. I prototyped interfaces and then built the look and end-user experience using industry standard toolkits. I designed high-profile projects (eg. CSIRO.AU, CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet clinical trial, CSIRO Sharepoint and Intranet, OzClim, Scope TV, etc).

1994 2001

Division of Petroleum Resources, CSIRO (Syndal, VIC)

VISUAL DESIGNER

Information design role during a period of transition from analog/print to digital delivery and browser. I art-directed and produced a huge range of print artefacts and created original web designs and sites using early tools.

1993 1994

ColorPoint Pty Ltd. (Mt Waverley, VIC)

GRAPHIC ARTS SPECIALIST

Operational experience in high-end graphic arts systems.

older

Chillingworth Agency (Newcastle, NSW)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Graphic designer in leading regional accredited advertising agency. Included design of products in print and broadcast media. Some TV graphics production and writing for non-print media.

older

McGee Advertising Pty Ltd (Richmond, VIC)

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Graphic design / illustration for marketing; architectural drafting, photography, digital layout design.

older

Consulere Pty Ltd (Caulfield, VIC)

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER & MODELLER

Design drafting for commercial architecture, model-making, illustration and rendering.

CAPABILITY & EXPERIENCE

Design (no specific order)
User-interface (UI) design; User Experience (UX) design; Interaction design (IxD); Functional prototyping, Mockups and Wireframing; Graphics and iconography; Video design and photography. Responsive and adaptive design; Kiosk experiences; Very big data visualisation, geospatial design.
Apps for iOS and Android.

 

Design Anthropology
Observation and capture; User-Interviews; Card-based methods; Participatory design workshops.

TOOLS EXPERIENCE

Specialised
Sketch, Zeplin, Principle. Axure RP Pro, Invision Studio. Apple HIG and Google Material.
Adobe CC Suite (XD, PS, AI, ID, DW etc). Microsoft and Google tools, Trello, Jira, Slack, etc.

TECHNOLOGY & METHODS EXPERIENCE

Workshop facilitation - Design Studio, FDS (Five Design Sheet), Cynefin basic methods (rookie); Hiser Element Toolkit (User-Centred Design); W3C member (World Wide Web Consortium); Worked with DevOps teams and AGILE methodologies – SCRUM & AgencyAgile; Up to date knowledge of HTML/CSS/Javascript capabilities; WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

TERTIARY
2011 – 2013 'Master of Design [Design Anthropology] DMDA30' Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC
[1982 – 1983 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Design – incomplete – RMIT, Melbourne, VIC]
INDUSTRY & VOCATIONAL TRAINING
2016 Jira Agile
2015 AgencyAgile: Agile workshops for scoping and project roadmapping
2012 UX sweatshop: Doing and applying user research (UX Australia 2012 Workshop)
2012 Communicating concepts: Practice through dissection (UX Australia 2012 Workshop)
2009 Synergy MOSS 2007 Design & Customisation (Microsoft Sharepoint)
2004 Environmental Management Course: ISO 14001 Standard
2003 Hiser Element Toolkit Workshop: Usability and Collaborative Design
2002 Hiser Element Methodology: Essentials of User Centred Web Design
1991 Grad. Certificate of Electronic Publishing Technology, Newcastle TAFE (Tighes Hill, NSW)
SECONDARY
Haileybury College (Keysborough, VIC)

AWARDS & COMMENDATIONS

  • 2016 Gold Winner - Design100 GOV Design Awards - Best New Service or Application (for BOM Weather App)
  • 2015 Finalist - 21st Annual AIMIA Awards. Best Smartphone or Tablet Application - Gov/Non-Profit (for m.bom.gov.au)
  • 2014 Winner - Design100 Australian Mobile & App Design Awards (for m.bom.gov.au)
  • 2014 Geospatial World Excellence Award (team). Geospatial World Forum, Geneva (for MetEye™)
  • 2013 Technical Excellence - Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (team)
  • 2012 Overall Excellence - Excellence in eGovernment Awards (team)
  • 2012 Geospatial category - Excellence in eGovernment Awards (team)
  • 2011 Asia Pacific ICT Awards - SEFF Dashboard (team)
  • 2007 CSIRO Award: Strategic Excellence Award (team)
  • 2005 CSIRO Award: Teamwork Corporate Award (team)
  • 2004 Special Commendation for CSIRO Online Usability Checklist web application

SOME PUBLICATIONS & TALKS

  • 2016 Human Nature vs. Web Design: a design anthropologist’s view (link)
  • 2015 (Sept) MPDA Panel convenor "What is Design Anthropology, really?", CDI Engage, Centre for Design and Innovation, Hawthorn
  • 2015 (July) Non-human After All. Talk, Swinburne Design Factory, for Melbourne Professional Design Anthropology (MPDA) meetup.
  • Designing for the Incomplete Human: an introduction to human bias and its implications for design. Talks 2014 - 2018 +. Preview.
  • 2011+ Design Research and theory, various (Swinburne, MDes D-Anthro, Online Blackboard)
  • 2006 CSIRO Graphical User Interface Standards & Guidelines
  • 2006 Prepare and Publish AV Media on the web (CSIRO internal)
  • 2005 Get an 'A' for accessibility [How to meet the W3C standard] (CSIRO internal)
  • 2004 CSIRO Online Usability Checklist (web application) and documentation

OTHER

  • 2017 DISC - High Performing Team profile: D/c
  • 2016 SFIA - Validated Individual Skills Profile: Autonomy 5, Influence 5, Complexity 5, Business Skills 5
  • 2015+ Co-organiser: MPDA (Melbourne Professional Design Anthropology meetup group)
  • 2015 Member, DTO UXWG (Australian Digital Transformation Office - User Experience Working Group)
  • 2007-2008 Formally mentored team members, CSIRO (Canberra)
  • 2006 Security Clearance (ASIO) to level 'SECRET'
  • Myers-Briggs: INFP
  • VAK: Visual - Kinaesthetic (M-P)