Open for work

Hi, there! I am Aljaž Vindiš, designer and technologist, working in data-rich environments. Currently in freelance mode, helping established companies launch new products on top of their data. What brings you here?

My background

For ~fifteen years, I have been exploring ways in which the physical and the digital world interact: first in media production, then in software development. Over time, I have set my mind to IoT and digital twins, infographics and data visualization, cartography and spatial orientation, atomic content and contextual information, cross-platform type and responsive interfaces, and other related challenges.

My work has recently involved tier 1 companies arround the world, including creation of core IoT services being deployed today. These engagements and my past ventures in the media have repeatedly led to positive business results, outstanding user feedback, and international recognition in the fields of design, journalism, and statistics.

I have met exceptional people along this journey, many of them contributing in immeasurable ways: giving me opportunities to prove myself, mentoring me out of foolish mistakes, trusting me to lead our joint initiatives. Likewise, I support the up-and-coming talent, also sharing my experience through writing, lectures, and workshops.

When I am not climbing, mountain-biking or slacklining, I like to spend time tinkering with electronics, building Legos, making anything with my hands. I will also gladly share a cup of good coffee or prepare a home-cooked meal that brings us together for a chat.

I currently reside in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city, together with my partner Katja, daughter Mila, and our cats Črka & Pika.

My guiding principles

Going deep, rather than wide

I feel most comfortable dedicating myself to one or two high-impact initiatives at a time, often for years. I relish delayed gratification that comes with profound insight and challenging the status quo.

Learning-by-doing

I seldom know exactly where I am going. Where is the fun in being sure about everything? I venture into the unknown step-by-step, taking controlled risks, accumulating successes along the way.

Outcomes > deliverables

I take pride in polished artifacts, as we all do. But true joy and value come from knowing that what we made helps people enhance their capabilities, learn something new or overcome a real-life challenge.

Teamwork

As an individual, I am limited in the complexity I can comprehend and the scale of work I can deliver. The challenges I am interested in pursuing tend to require a dedicated effort from an integrated team.

Work/life balance

I learned it the hard way: don't waste talent on overtime work and copious amounts of stimulants. Breakthroughs come from prolonged exploration. To endure it, one needs to rest the body and focus the mind.