Designer. Design Anthropologist.
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.
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 +)
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)
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.
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.
BOM (Melbourne, VIC)
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.
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).
Division of Petroleum Resources, CSIRO (Syndal, VIC)
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.
ColorPoint Pty Ltd. (Mt Waverley, VIC)
GRAPHIC ARTS SPECIALIST
Operational experience in high-end graphic arts systems.
Chillingworth Agency (Newcastle, NSW)
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.
McGee Advertising Pty Ltd (Richmond, VIC)
Graphic design / illustration for marketing; architectural drafting, photography, digital layout design.
Consulere Pty Ltd (Caulfield, VIC)
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER & MODELLER
Design drafting for commercial architecture, model-making, illustration and rendering.