27 years | Married | Living in Bratislava | 1 child
EducationNothing interesting here, I left early enough.
2 years, 2008 - 2010
- Restoration of sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava 1 year, 2007 - 2008
- History of Arts, Faculty of Philosophy, Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava 1999 - 2007
- Matka Alexia Gymnasium, Bratislava
Selected working experiencesOrdered from newest to the older ones (DESC), for better reading experiance read from the bottom.
GREENPEACE CEE, Bratislava2014 - 2016
In Greenpeace I am working as a digital developer and advisor. Althought the workload is really complex, it is centered almost solely around digital aspects of campaigning. From advising the campaign project team with the digital aspects of their work to developing content for social media, designing reports and creating info-graphics and brainstorming new and original ways how to deliver the messages to the audience.
Based in Bratislava, I am working for CEE (Central & Eastern Europe) section of Greenpeace.
Freelance designer, Bratislava2014 - 2016
As a freelance designer I was focusing on webdesign, UI and corporate identities. My front-end skills allowed me to dive deeper into technological aspect of webdesign
VNÚTROBLOK (OZ), Bratislava2012 - today | website
I am a founder, project manager and coordinator of a small initiative dealing with issues revolving around public space and the commons. Our flagship project is "Mobile gardens" - with a team of 6 people we have managed to set up 3 urban gardens in Bratislava that aim to fight urban anonymity and create liveli semi-public spaces.
The interesting thing is that in Vnutroblok I have tried all sorts of activities I wouldn't have a chance to do otherwise. Like: coordinating project, consulting, promoting and organizing events, designing lots of low-budget print and digital materials including few visual identities and websites/landing pages.
Backbone, Bratislava2012 - 2014 | website
In Backbone I have finally narrowed down my interest from general designing to webdesign. Alongwith some corporate identities I have worked on many smaller or bigger website developement projects starting with designing specific design/UI elements to creating whole website designs and even managing some of the processes. I gained experience with designing mobile apps or UI for various systems.
Under the influence of the team I started to learn more about the technologies driving the web, hence improving my skills in HTML, CSS or responsive design.
NGO Butterflyworks, Amsterdam2011 - 2012 | website
While living in Amsterdam I was lucky enough to be part of Butterflyworks team. This dutch NGO runs many succesful learning and co-creation projects in developing countries in Africa and Middle East. My job was to develop various visual identities for the educative games projects. The work environment of Butterflyworks (diversity in team, a good ratio of team work vs. individual work) was a huge inspiration and earned me some confidence and interpersonal skills.
Freelance designer, Bratislava2007 - 2012
My learning years as designer. I aimed my illustrator and photoshop skills towards illustration, print design. My first succesful logos were used in real world and first websites went online
Most of the time cooperating with what would latter bacome my proper employer - Backbone
Bronze-casting workshop - ac. sculpt. Daniel Janec, Bratislava2009 - 2010
One of the most peculiar job I have ever had. Because I like manual labour and it was a nice money. Bronze carving, Lost wax casting, Bronze polishing. Lots of dirt and lots of lousy art.
Children of Slovakia Foundation, Bratislava2004 - 2008
My first responsible job (starting as a summer job). Actually this is where I first applied my basic HTML knowledge from school. Workig as a web administrator, doing media monitoring, being office asistent and also volunteer, learning to save money.
(my mom was working there)
Atelier of ac. sculpt. Peter Strassner, Devín - Bratislava2006 - 2008
Preparing for the University I have learned how to draw and sculpt, how to work with wood and other materials. I have also acquired basic technological skills (this time not the web technology yet).
Skills and abilities
English - General Professional Proficiency
German - Elementary Proficiency
Photoshop CS5 - advanced
Illustrator CS5 - expert
InDesign CS5 - intermediate
Flash CS5 - beginner
‘Markup’ and style languages
Html - advanced
CSS - advanced
SASS - novice
PHP - novice
Processing - novice
♥ I like: literature | maps | bottom up urbanism | nature and plants | jazz & rock | electronics.
Thank you for your time and interest.
Created in June 2016 by Michal Štassel