Daniel Gonzàlez Lareo moved from Andorra to Barcelona for
his studies in Computer Science at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He
stuck around in the city and works as a Developer at Camaloon since three
years now. During this period, he contributed to many different
projects, and we had the pleasure to talk with Daniel about his experiences.
Creative and digital subjects had already captured Vincent’s attention from a young age. This interest kept on growing and led him to his current job as UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience) Product Designer at Camaloon. He is originally from France, spent parts of his life in Germany and Taiwan for his studies, and fell in love with Barcelona for its pleasant culture and the fact that the city is getting more and more focused on Digital. We sat down with Vincent to talk about his career and his views on designing.
Designing, a hobby turned into a full time job
Although creating things in the digital environment is one of Vincent’s hobbies for more than a decade already, he is only 25 years old. It is safe to say that his interest in designing became a real passion. Nevertheless, he did not choose a typical design education. ‘I studied at a Business School in Lille, where I specialized in Management of Information Systems. Creative thinking and problem solving challenges always kept me interested during my studies, so it became my goal to work in UX design.’ Now that goal is fulfilled, Vincent and his team are facing many other challenges.
'Simple' designs are the hardest ones to create
Camaloon aims at offering the best customization services for many different types of users, from large companies to individuals. All of these users have different skill sets and needs, and the design team’s challenges are to find the best and simplest way to satisfy them all. ‘We need to get into the minds of our users in order to understand their needs and pain points, and to find opportunities for improvement. This is a hard thing to do, but this challenge also makes our work fun.’ The fact that many of our users are not working with design tools on a daily basis makes it even more challenging. ‘The users should be guided in a simple way. However, simple designs are always the hardest ones to create. We put a lot of effort in researching, testing, observing, and evaluating, in order to improve our work.’
Eagerness to learn is key
New tools are developed continuously within the design industry, and keeping up with them is essential for a designer. ‘You need to invest in continuous learning, because the industry evolves so rapidly. This makes the job very interesting, even though it takes a lot of time and effort.’
Camaloon is evolving as well, just like the design industry, and this may offer the perfect opportunity for you. We are constantly looking for new talent. If you are the perfect fit for one of our vacancies, we would love to welcome you at Camaloon.
Although he has Hungarian roots, David spent most of his life in London. It is the city where he studied International Business in English and Spanish, by which he paved the way for his working career. His Spanish knowledge quickly turned out to be very useful, since one of the first steps in his career has been to move to Spain. Get to know David, his job, and his ambition within Camaloon.
The city can be seen as an extra perk of working at Camaloon
Working in Barcelona brings many additional advantages. “I love to work and live in this city, for example for its culture, weather, and beach. For me, it is a very positive contrast compared to the busy nature of London.” After the decision to move to Barcelona, it was time to look for a job. David became Account Manager for the UK market at Camaloon, and he is a valuable member of our team for one and a half years now. “The position fitted really well with my previous experience in guest relations. The most important thing is that it is about making people happy.” How he does it? “Essentially by doing as much as you can do for our customers, for example by responding to requests, following up on orders, or providing aftercare. It is about building a firm relationship with them.”
Willing to go the extra mile
A lot has changed since David’s first day at Camaloon. “My goal is to help Camaloon grow in the UK market and to keep developing myself as well. When I started at Camaloon, I was the only one in the department. Now we are with three, and there is still a lot of space for growth.” At Camaloon we look for new Junior Sales Development Representatives for different European markets. “It is a diverse job, you should for example be organized, proactive, able to sell, and to follow up. These are only to name a few. It comes down to be willing to go the extra mile."
Are you willing to go that extra mile? Have a look at our current vacancies.
Camaloon is a young company based in Barcelona and specializes in selling customized products and art throughout Europe via the Internet: plates, magnets, stickers ... The team is formed by a mixed group Internet professionals, we are multicultural and multidisciplinary.
We are seeking a Marketing Assistant to enrich our team and continue to grow. It is a fantastic opportunity for professionals great analytical skill, proactive, initiative and ambitious they are looking for an opportunity for career growth.
This internship could be in the morning ( from 9:00h to 14:00h) or in the afternoon (15:00 to 20:00h)
Next September 4, If you are an English or German Sales Professional living in Barcelona, you can’t miss this Networking Party organized by Camaloon at itnig!