About

Me

I am Kevin Horek, a Chief Design Officer, UX/UI prototyper, TV/Radio Host and a published author by Packt Publishing on Zurb's responsive framework, Foundation 5. I studied web development and design at universities across North America, including UCLA and the University of Alberta. My Radio/TV/Podcast, Building The Future, was started to get over my fear of public speaking and I continued to push myself out of my comfort zone by guest blogging for AlphaGamma, TechZulu, and SOCAP. I also recently emceed SUP-X - The Start-Up Expo as well as had a live fireside chat on stage with the keynote speaker.

For over 26 years, I have been working on web and mobile apps for some of the world’s most notable and well-respected organizations. Among them are BMW, Best Buy, Apple, Adobe, Sprint, Eastlink, TD Canada Trust, Qantas Airlines, Emirates Airlines, CB Richard Ellis, Microsoft, The Home Depot, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Singapore University of Technology and Design, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Monsanto, Cargill, Sage Therapeutics, Goshen Health, PepsiCo, The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Air Force Civil Engineering Center, Abu Dhabi Health Services, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture, and Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Cushman & Wakefield and Colliers International.

My design and development projects have won critical acclaim and have been featured by media outlets like Hit Parader magazine.

I continue to champion superior user experiences and maintain a relentless focus on achieving my goals in all of my ventures. I have been a contributor to the open-source community on FOLIO and I co-host a monthly tech meetup in my hometown of Edmonton called Nerds Night Out.

Experience Highlights

Feb 2019 - Now

Zept - www.zept.co
Chief Design Officer, UX/UI and Front-End Developer

I handle the UI/UX design in Sketch, Adobe XD and prototyping with Material UI in React and React Native. The prototype then gets deployed to Heroku for user, device and browser testing.

Our mission is to help international students get into the best school possible. Students enter their grades and what they want to study and our algorithm begins recommending schools that best match their goals and abilities.

Oct 2015 - Feb 2019

Stacks Inc. Acquired by EBSCO
Chief Design Officer (CDO) / Full Stack Designer / Partner

Acquisition press release: https://www.ebsco.com/news-center/press-releases/ebsco-information-services-acquires-leading-library-and-research-web

Since 2006, Stacks technology powers libraries and research facilities of all types including Microsoft, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Singapore University of Technology and Design, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Monsanto, Cargill, Sage Therapeutics, Goshen Health, Pepsi, The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Air Force Civil Engineering Center, Abu Dhabi Health Services, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture, and Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Stacks research technology expertise was recognized in 2014 when it was awarded the American Library Association Award for Collaboration and the Canadian Library Association Award for Innovation in Technology.

I have created the look and feel for the platform using the Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, and HTML/CSS/JS clickable prototypes which I helped implement in Drupal.

May 2017 - Jan 2019

FOLIO Project
UX/UI Lead For the Stacks Dev Team

Stacks Inc. is contributing to the design and development of the FOLIO Project. I have worked with the other UX Lead's to make sure our 6 apps match and function the same as the other apps in the project. I also helped to come up with new UX patterns that the other apps can use and have contributed ideas and thoughts on a weekly basis about UX, design, and direction. I have worked in Adobe XD, Sketch, Proto.io and HTML/CSS/JS prototypes to show the dev team what they are building.

Nov 2013 - Aug 2014

Packt Publishing
Author of Learning Zurb Foundation Book

I wrote a book on Zurb Foundation 5 called Learning Zurb Foundation. This framework is used at Google, Apple, and others worldwide.

Second home
my #brand
Taking a photo of my self
In #dark

Interests

When I am not working, I have others passions I dive into like drone flying and aerial imagery from countries I've had the chance to travel to.

Our Library
Favorite place
Experience
Peaceful #peace #positive