Aapo’s employment history

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2008 -
current
CEO, Usability Specialist, User Point Oy. User Point is a one-man usability consulting company.
2008 -
2010
User Interface Designer, Mirasys Oy. Mirasys is a leading European provider of open platform IP and analog video surveillance solutions.
  • Designed the user interface for a mobile platform surveillance app Spotter Mobile. This app paid for itself in a week through a very big sale, hugely impacted by Spotter Mobile.
  • Defined the features and designed the user interface for a completely new surveillance application to replace the current offering. The implementation of this application is in the works.
2003 -
2008
Usability Specialist, KONE Corporation, R&D, Finland. KONE is the 4th largest elevator and escalator company in the world.
  • Defined the user requirements and features of KONE IDE300™, a system for improving the entrance usability of residential buildings.
  • Significantly increased the foothold of user experience in R&D with intranet telephone directory changes.
  • Received the recognition of Best Team Player.
  • Won the gold medal in a product idea competition.

Patents

  • Communication system (WO2007093665)
  • Tracking System (WO2008043878)
  • Hissijärjestelmä (Elevator system) (FI118533B)
  • Yhteysjärjestelmä (Method and Call System) (FI7844U, US2008217112)
  • Opastusjärjestelmä (Guidance System) (FI119134B)
  • Sign System (FI118963B)
  • Läpinäkyvä ovi ja menetelmä läpinäkyvän oven törmäyksen estoon (See-through door and a method for preventing collision) (FI118963B)
2002 -
2003
Senior Usability Specialist, Oujee Research Ltd, Finland. Oujee Resarch Ltd (later renamed Idean Ltd) is a usability consulting and design company of about 170 employees.
  • Developed usability guidelines for Nokia Series 40 mobile phone games. Nokia was so satisfied with the results that they ordered a similar guideline book for Nokia Series 60 games.
  • On my own initiative, I developed a web tool to evaluate how well a mobile phone games follow the guidelines and how the violations affect the user experience.
1999 -
2000
Usability Specialist, Nokia Ventures Organization, Nokia Wireless Software Solutions. Nokia is the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer.
  • Developed the user interface guidelines and recommendations for WAP-based mobile phone games. The results were used to create WAP games as examples for developers to help them develop their own games.
1999 Usability Reseach Assistant, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Usability Laboratory. Helsinki University of Technology is Finland’s leading technology-oriented educational institution.
  • Researched product concepts for real-time community interaction in collaboration with Nokia, IDEO, Vienna University (CURE), Netherlands Design Institute and Meru Research.
1996 -
1999
User Interface Developer, Byte Enchanters, Inc. Byte Enchanters was a computer game company of 5 employees.
  • Developed the user interface for a on-line mafia game, Legal Crime.
  • Created and upheld company website and download service.
  • Helped customers resolve technical problems.