Marcel Hageman is an experienced interaction designer, front-end developer and novice skydiver living in the Netherlands.
I've been a front-end designer since 2001. At that time there weren't any schools modern enough to teach me things I didn't know, so I decided the best way to educate myself was to experience the real world (wide web) head on. And since I already had a job as a webdeveloper, it felt right to just stick around.
I was lucky to be mentored by a senior designer and a senior programmer from the start of my career. They each taught me many different things: critical thinking, analytical thinking, proper design theory and so much more.
The first five years of my career consisted mostly of both front and back-end development. I quickly became a self-professed master of HTML (you may call me guru, too) and fell in love with CSS back when it was still new and fresh.
Having first-hand experience with all of the job-related developments of the past decade, I'm very familiar with all popular browsers and their individual quirks. Creating cross-browser and standards-compliant websites comes naturally to me.
The past 5 years were spent mostly with a focus on usability and user-experience. My passion ranges from designing the website or application, creating a clickable demo or prototype to creating the tools necessary for a great interactive experience.