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Hey, I'm Roland. I'm 34 years old, currently living in Budapest, Hungary.

I created my first webpage in 2006 using a CMS called e107. There was one pre-made template I liked so much I would keep customizing it to death for different websites.

Today, I've worked with some amazing companies in senior and lead positions, crafting websites and user interfaces from scratch, tailoring them for the needs of the modern world.

The reason I love the web so much is that it continuously keeps me learning, as new technologies and methods keep popping up. There's never been a period in my career when I thought my job was boring. Nowadays I'm crazy about writing clean code and accessibility.

In my free time, I do relaxed portrait photography in Budapest, play computer- and board games, translate useful stuff to my native language, and read books on how not to be a jerk.

Career History

  1. Junior Web Developer
    The Pulilab, 2012
  2. Web Designer
    Higher Click, 2013—2014
  3. Lead Web Designer
    Buffered VPN, 2015—2018
  4. Senior Web Designer
    ProPrivacy, 2018—2021
  5. Lead Web Designer
    Retalk, 2021—2022
  6. Lead Web Designer
    TwitterAudit, 2022—2023
  7. Lead Web Designer
    AutoSEO, 2023—2024

So, what do I do exactly?

Glad you asked! When my parents ask, I make websites. To everyone else, I'm a senior Web- and UI/UX designer with over 10 years of working experience. Here's the nitty-gritty:

Fields of Expertise

  • I am highly skilled at HTML and CSS. I hand-write minimal, semantic, reusable and overall beautiful code. My main focus is performance and accessibility.
  • I design websites and user interfaces. I am highly proficient in the principles of web design, typography and color theory. My designs are more functional than artistic.

Other than that…

  • I write basic presentational JavaScript and jQuery to control the interactive behaviour of user interface elements. I can confidently put together a simple frontend application in Vue 3.
  • I have a solid grasp on user experience principles and best practices, but I don't conduct user surveys or do research.
  • I am familiar with key aspects of graphic design and how to incorporate it into web design, but I don't create hand-made illustrations or custom graphics.
  • I understand the principles of backend development and I can confidently work with templating systems, but I don't write backend logic (PHP, Python, C++, etc.) or fiddle with server-related stuff.
  • I know the on-site principles and best practices of search engine optimization, but I don't do offsite SEO, such as link building or guest posting.
  • I can create Wordpress themes from scratch and customize existing ones. I can comfortably work with The Loop, custom post types and custom page templates. However, I don't fiddle with more advanced functions, and I don't do plugin development.

About Me FAQ

Do you use any coding frameworks?

No, I don't. I pride myself in hand-crafting every line of my code and not relying on third party, often bloated frameworks. I have my own simple, tried-and-tested grid system (~4 kB) that I use for my early layouts, but other than that, I hand-craft every component and page layout for each project.