Hi! I am Despoina and for the past 10 years I am living in Brussels, Belgium a place where it is impossible for people to pronounce my name. I have created this website/portfolio so that I can have my own space to write about the things I love to do and support but also where I can showcase a part of my work and share my love and obsession for user centric designs.
🖍️ I am a UX Designer
I have always been user centric, it is in my core but my understanding and my passion for UX really grew when I followed the courses of Mrs Olga De Troyer during my Master studies at the VUB. Her audience driven method was in perfect harmony with what I aspired to do! Create joyful experiences, help transform products to something people will understand how to use and will not be able to resist but most importantly help businesses understand their users.
It is very simple and straightforward, right? Which business does not want to create products that people will go crazy for? Well….. in reality it is more complex than you’d expect but UX keeps on my toes and motivated!!!!
Let’s put a pin on that for now, this is not my Linkedin profile after all and it is not just a business website, so here is more about me on a personal level:
📺 I am a TV series junkie
I have watched ‘Friends’ more times than I can even remember and if there is a new sitcom out there chances are; I already binged watched it and will spoil it for you. Honestly, I am not sure I even remember life before Netflix. Some of my favourite shows besides ‘Friends’ are ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Community’, ‘The Office’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘The Good Place’.
📚 I love a good book
Sometimes even I need a break from TV and if there is something that can keep me away from that, then that is a good book or a good comic book. Some of my favourite include ‘You are not a gadget’ from Jaron Lanier, ‘The preacher’ by Garth Ennis which I read more than once and as a bit of a guilty pleasure I do love the Bridget Jones books. They are fun just deal with it.
🎙️ I am obsessed with music
I am very proud of my growing vinyl collection. If I like a song then I have it on repeat for days or weeks until it drives everyone in the house crazy. I particularly like it when artists can make albums that I will listen to from beginning to end without skipping a song and discovering a new tune or artist can make my day. I love going to concerts which in my case means that I have seen the backs of a lot of people’s heads…… My absolute favourite band is TOOL and I am obsessed with Maynard James Keenan.
📷 I love taking pictures and appreciate street art.
Even before the iPhone…. the one with the fancy camera, I loved taking my small digital camera in my bag in order to constantly take pictures of things that capture my attention and there is nothing more exciting than discovering a good piece of street art….. Berlin was my heaven for that part but Brussels is not disappointing either.
🎢 I try to remember that it is just a ride and you should too.
In this life, in this timeline, in this dimension and universe, I try to always remember the following quote from Bill Hicks:
…all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.
This is the imagination of myself….how about you?