Usability guy

Olli's photo I am a Finnish usability practitioner (MSc). That is, I deal with people and software. I also teach making software, that is, programming.

I co-founded Fluxitek. We build software that helps engineers measure product quality, and allows them to concentrate on what is important in their work.

I currently dream about increasing empathy between engineers/software developers and the rest of the world. Human-centered design and usability are a start, as is realizing empathy. What I hope to find is a form of practice in software development that makes glaringly obvious to programmers, the degree in which they can empathize with their users easily. Making usability practice a mainstream practice in software engineering is still a long way ahead. Jun 30, 2012; updated Feb 21, 2014

About me

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I find people interesting and confusing, and thus I spend a great part of my time wondering about their strange ways (and my own), learning to live. I find listening important, one of the most important things. My passion, still just finding a way to become reality, is to help people find ways to live up to their fullest potential, staying true, keeping real.

Designing great web sites/services and software both in terms of user experience and technology is intriguing. I have been building web sites and applications for about a decade now, and come up with new projects once in a while. I usually do not have enough time to implement most of them.

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I like all sortsa movies, white tea, wheat beer and red wine, melancholy, sincerity, dance, playing, singing, poems and poets. I respect being open to new thoughts and new ways to see, ignoring prejudice (though it is hard sometimes). I also find climbing, swimming and pilates/yoga enjoyable.

For managing things, I do Getting Things Done with Checkvist and NuevaSync. For managing my head, I do Mindfulness (video at Google Talks).

If you feel you have got something you would like to share, well, my contact info is right here on this page.

Contact me

olli  (a)
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Tampere, Finland
ollies on IRCNet
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olli dot savolainen (at) (no email)
nospace (at) (no e-mail)

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