The Blog

of Martin Jancik

The Blog

of Martin Jancik

Articles

My opinions on life, design and other things. Published on medium.com

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Design

Designing for Human Memory

I try to describe how the human memory works , how we can design interfaces that eliminate confusion and how to lower the cognitive effort.

Attention blog
Design

Designing for Human Attention

I have always been fascinated by how human mind works. I am also convinced, that being familiar with cognitive sciences is one of the most important key skills a designer has to understand.

Running blog
Life

How Running Helped Me Become the Person I'm Today

I wrote down a few insights which had come to my mind over the last couple of years.

The Journal

Short thoughts & updates on what is currently happening around me.

November 21, 2017 - in Brno

Joining kiwi.com

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The day has come…
After a lot of thinking, meetings and talking with a variety of companies I finally decided to join kiwi.com. From December I am going to try to help the fastest growing company in central Europe and top 10 in the world to disrupt the travel industry and design an experience for people to travel around the world with an ease. 
I felt, that I needed to push the challenge further and grow faster for some time now. Kiwi seems like the ideal place to grow as a designer as well as a person. 
A massive “Thank You” goes to my fellow colleagues at Edookit for teaching me so much and all of you my friends, who motivate me every single day to work hard!
Super excited about what’s coming next…
Full statement here.

October 16, 2017 - in Washington D.C.

USA Trip 2017

"This is exactly like in the movies!", has been the most used sentence during my 11 day stay in the USA. I fulfilled one of my biggest dreams and at the beginning of October I went for a trip to the east coast of the United States. This experience quickly turned into a once in a lifetime experience.

The flight was from Copenhagen to Washington DC. On the day of my arrival I met with my friend Courtney and early in the morning the next day we started our roadtrip towards Cinncinati, Ohio. Courtney comes from Cincy and her family is based there. In Ohio I played golf for the first time, experienced an NFL game, visited a traditional pumpkin patch and even got lost in a corn maze.

After 4 days in Ohio we drove back to DC. I spent some time exploring the city and all the famous landmarks. Honestly I could be living there for a year and still have things to explore. 3 days prior to my departure me and my friend Tomas took a bus to New York were I quickly became amazed by the unique atmosphere only the Big Apple can provide. After spending an entire day there we returned again to the base in DC. In the upcoming days I did some more running and exploring and sadly said goodbye to the US.

Altogether, meeting all the different people and having great conversations was by far my personal highlight of the entire trip. I returned with new fresh ideas and many life lessons learned!

September 18, 2017 - in Copenhagen

Crazy Half Marathon Experience

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Hard to find words for what happened that day. I managed to secure my new personal best at 1:37:40. It has been a 231st place in my category and 2658th place overall which from 23 000 attendees sounds ok. Very thankful for it, although I wanted to push it maybe more.

However, this race quickly turned into a survival run. Copenhagen showed the weather at it's finest. 
From the 16th kilometer I started to have a physical crisis. I have been fighting with it and meanwhile the nature turned this run into a complete catastrophic movie. 2 people got electroshocked, there was a complete power breakdown, the track turned basicaly into a river with a 30cm height. Strong wind and huge rain with ice created extreme conditions for anyone to be outside, not to mention running.
I have been exhausted and more importantly absolutely scared of these conditions. Ambulances were driving all the time. I was really deciding whether it would be better to just quit and not get hit by a lighting which were just smashing around me all the time. I have never in my life been questioning sooo badly whether I should not finish a run. Pushed it and made it.

However, now it makes a great story to tell and I have a memory for the rest of my life. Looking forward to the next race. I am going to work hard and try to break the personal best again. One day, I will run under 1:30!!

September 12, 2017 - in Mestecko

Launching a new personal website

After a year of thinking, sketching, deleting, recreating and building I finally managed to create the proper mix of my inner thinking as well as a showcase of my work in one website. The 3rd version of my portfolio is finally live.
The main goal of this website was from the beginning showing the world not only what I have created, but also how I have created it. How do I work, what am I like as well as what is happening currently around me and how is my life going.

The website runs on WordPress and was built with Semplice.
The homepage serves as the main portfolio where people can immediately read a short intro about me followed by in depth case studies of my work. Afterwards they can see how I work visually and read my latest blog posts (To get a feel how I think about stuff). The last part is just a feed from my Instagram, which I think is the closest representation to what I am like in personal life.

The blog itself is divided into 2 sections:

- Articles - are longer more thought through essays on some specific topic ranging from life to design. They are published on medium and linked to the blog.
- Journal - short blog posts about what I am currently doing, what's new and what did I find interesting.

This website is my personal hub of everything. It represents what I do and stand for. I can't wait to continue developing myself and the website too. See You.