Hoby is more than a talented agile designer. He's someone who sets a higher standard for a team. At RealSelf Hoby was willing and inclined to ask me the big questions about the business and push for new thoughts on how to super-serve the needs of our web community and audience. He pushed for ethical standards and operating principles that are essential to "walking the talk." Overall, these speak to Hoby's creativity, self-confidence, customer centricity, and passion for building products that exceed customer expectations. They also happen to be key ingredients to making a direct impact at an organization, like he did at ours.
Tom Seery, CEO, RealSelf
Hoby is one of the best user interface and user experience designers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. At our firm, he played a dual role of Product Owner and Experience Architect with adherence to agile principles and collaborative tools to support our application development process. He was astute at understanding the needs of the client as well as the technical capabilities and limitations of the applications that we built. He was an invaluable member of the team and someone that I respected highly to accomplish the work within budget and on time. In addition, Hoby was an incredible employee. I would highly, highly recommend him to any company. He has my full endorsement.
Heather Zindel, CEO, Bloom Consulting
Hoby is a creative UX designer who is also technically savvy. He is eager to jump into projects, thinking through strategy, seeking research insights, and working hard to educate himself on the details of a problem. He stays positive and focused through ambiguity and change and takes feedback very well. Hoby is also a great mentor to other designers, sharing what he has learned patiently and generously. He has impressed me by taking the initiative to tackle larger problems that needed an owner, seeking out partnerships to drive change and develop shared solutions. Hoby will help make your product more delightful to use, is a pleasure to work with, and would be a great asset to any team.
Michelle Mazurek, Design Director
Hoby is a fantastic designer who is very motivated to create the best experience for the user - which he often does with his research and attention to detail. While working with Hoby I witnessed his growth, willingness to push the boundaries with new ideas and offer support to his fellow designers. Hoby was a joy to work with and would be an asset for any team.
Brianne Hern, Design Lead
I worked with Hoby during our times at Bloom and Inviso. His nuanced approach to leadership is very effective at steering the team towards a successful outcome. He has both focus on lightweight, agile process improvement and a keen eye for user interface design and data visualization. These skills compliment each other extremely well and make him an invaluable member the team. I really can't recommend Hoby enough, and hope to work with him again.
Mason Tejera, Developer
Hoby is the kind of person who grounds a team and a project in quality. Not only does he have great design/UX skills and knowledge, but he is also able to manage a team as the product owner and lead it to an on-time, on-budget successful conclusion. I unequivocally recommend Hoby as a skilled professional as well as a positive company influence.
Mitch Cappelmann, Senior Developer
I had the pleasure of working with Hoby for a little over a year. Though we were not in the same business group, we worked together on projects that required collaboration between Inviso's Business Intelligence and Creative groups. Hoby is a thoughtful, adaptive, and talented designer. On one particularly challenging project, Hoby provided leadership and direction well in excess of what was required by his job description simply because it was what the project needed at the time. This same project involved significant and seemingly constant changes to business requirements. Hoby had to re-do or even scrap hours of his work in order to adapt to these new requirements, which he did with tremendous grace. Hoby was always happy to lend a hand whenever he was needed and consistently did whatever was required to complete a job. Hoby was a delight to work with and I would absolutely work with him again in the future if the opportunity arose.
Chris Chatburn, Product Manager
In my experience, there are two kinds of experience designers: the flashy ones, and the ones who deliver real value. Hoby's the second kind. He listens to you, actually figures out what you need, and proceeds to design something that's at once simple and highly functional, be it desktop, web or mobile applications. I look forward to tapping into his experience design skills on other projects in the near future.
Nilesh Thali, Product Manager
Hoby has a rare and interesting blend of skill set for a UI designer. He brings both well thought out user experience designs and also a vey good understanding of the technical aspects of implementation. This is makes his very successful in his ability to not only conceive minimalistic, elegant user experiences but also structure it in a fashion that is efficient for delivery. He can think both broad and deep and enjoys having end-to-end ownership of the UI experience. Hoby is a hard worker and can be relied on to get the job done. He is very highly respected by his developer peers and a strong addition to the engineering team.
Kalpana Narayanaswamy, Product Manager