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I move roughly 7 times a year. I collect all my things, leave my old apartment behind, and move into a new one. Over the past 3 years, this averages out to one move every 52 days. Sometimes the new place is in another part of the same city, and sometimes it’s in another country.

If the story stopped there, you would probably think that I’m a fugitive on the run or maybe a circus performer. Although I have a knack for throwing knives, neither of these explanations is the case.

Nowadays, there are plenty of people that roam around the world as I do. So much so that some of the more progressive governments create special conditions to make their countries more attractive to such individuals. However, in the eyes of other countries, ‘nomads’ are still equated to people that wander around with a sheepskin tent, a tambourine, and their personal herd of horses in tow. …

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Here are the average annual IT investments from several of the largest European banks:

  • BNP Paribas — $7.1 billion
  • HSBC — $6.0 billion
  • Societe Generale — $4.7 billion
  • Deutsche Bank — $4.5 billion
  • UBS — $3.5 billion
  • Barclays — $3.5 billion
  • RBS — $2.9 billion
  • Credit Suisse — $2.9 billion
  • Commerzbank — $1.4 billion

These figures include the costs of the banks’ own IT departments and the money used to purchase third-party products. The top four collectively overtake Google’s (Alphabet Inc.) investment figure of $21.4 billion.

The digitalization trend is currently a popular topic in mass media. For example, Deutsche Bank recently conducted an internal restructuring, which resulted in 975 people losing their jobs as traders and bankers. At the same time, half of the bank’s employees are working in IT roles. Take Britain’s TSB Bank as well, which partnered with IBM Services to deploy cloud technology and transform the former into a truly digital business. …

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“I’m an engineer and a designer.” This is how I like to introduce myself to people, especially in Europe, where the word engineer assumes an interesting touch of mystery, intelligence, and wealth. Generally, it also does a great deal to help make new acquaintances.

However, if you dig a little deeper, the reality stops being so mysterious. I just love programming and drawing interfaces. I really, really love it. So much so that sometimes I get carried away and forget to bill clients for my work.

I’ve been running a small company for almost 10 years now, but at the same time, I’ve always continued to code and design, at least as a hobby. …

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Like it or not, there’s no way of getting around the topic of UX testing when creating a digital product. Any specialist who gives even the slightest damn about their work wants to know that the results of their hard spent man-hours will at least be appreciated by the end users.

Some of the methods of UX research are so obvious and straightforward that when IT specialists are first acquainted with the classification, a lot of them ask the logical question: “Do people actually avoid doing this?” This question is usually followed by “Have they been fired yet?”

Let’s face it — we all test the usability of our products, even if we don’t explicitly set out to do so. Some use the pretentious nomenclature “research study”, while others don’t call it anything at all, but they still test their products on the down-low. …

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Hello. Let’s try to figure out how designers use colors in UI and how the whole thing can be standardized without surrounding designers with restrictions.

I’ll tell you about the scheme which is called Opium.Fill. There is nothing particularly extraordinary or unique in it (aside from maybe the name). All the ideas are pretty obvious. It is a set of basic principles mixed with the love to name everything.

I will provide some implementation examples in React JS (for developers) and in Figma (for designers). This approach isn’t limited to React or Figma, however, I’m just more familiar with them.

This system can also be implemented in conjunction with the principles outlined by Material Design. …

Hi. I’m Denis Elianovsky, the CDO at JTC and Founder of Opium Pro. We work in very narrow segments of Russian IT market, related to finance and document workflow. I have been involved with design in one way or another for the past 12 years (8 of which, I have been working closely on the design of complex interfaces) and I want to talk to you about the ways we conducted usability testing of a Remote Banking Service mobile app. I also want to point out some of the mistakes that were made and the conclusions that were drawn as a result. …


Denis Elianovsky

CDO at Russian TOP-50 IT Supplier for Banks

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