Ricardo Vazquez is a UI/UX Designer at Mozilla. He’ll be speaking at CascadiaCSS about delighting users with microinteractions. Ricardo kindly answered a few of our questions to help get to know him better:

What’s a good Twitter-length description of your talk?

We’ll explore the nuances of microinteractions and emotional delight by asking “What’s the smallest thing I can affect?”

Is this your first trip to the Pacific Northwest? Do you have other plans for your trip?

This is my first time in the state of Washington, but I have come to know and love the Pacific Northwest from its Canadian counterpart, British Columbia. The nature and beautiful scenery make this place of the world hard to leave. I can’t wait to view the Olympic Mountains close up, and enjoy the breath-taking Semiahmoo Resort. Of course, I have planned to catch up with industry friends I see on special occasions such as CascadiaFest.

What does your usual work day look like?

I’m an early bird. I like getting into the office early, as morning time is usually when I am most productive. I will grab some breakfast, a cup of coffee, and get started on the day’s adventures. I work in a highly multidisciplinary and creative team. As such, I perform a combination of design and code. When coding, I like focusing on little details, making the front-end design as crisp as it can be. When designing, I concentrate my efforts on User Interface Design. Designing mobile apps is where you’ll find me happiest. Yes, a full day’s work wouldn’t be complete without a solid couple of afternoon ping pong games.

Who in the industry consistently blows you away with wonderful work?

Ever since I discovered him on The Manual, Frank Chimero’s words constantly resound within me. I can’t get enough of him. I use his writing as personal manifestos of my work and design philosophy.

Have you worked in industries other than the web?

I love teaching, which is why I endeavored into joining the education industry. I am a part-time Faculty at a College near where I live. I teach coding infused with human-centred Design principles to eager students. I also teach Design seminars to University and College Design programs.

What does your dream job look like?

My dream job will allow me to do a combination of the things I love. This is what my day would look like:

  • 4:30am: Wake up!
  • 5:00am - 6:00am: Be one with the boat. Rowing.
  • 7:30am - 12:00pm: Design the world away.
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Teach a design class.
  • 3:00 - 4:00pm: Writing
  • 4:00pm - onwards: Be with the ones I love.

I’m getting there :)

Do you knit, play the banjo, make beer, climb rocks or do anything that isn’t on a computer?

I love rowing. I started during my first year in university and have kept it since. Rowing allows me to find stillness and focus on the sound of water rushing through me. I also play classical guitar. When I work from home, l pick up the guitar to step away from the computer while a design problem or coding challenge arises. Playing the guitar has the ability to organize my mind, and structure a new course of action. If I’m not doing any of the latter, I enjoy spending time outdoors; breathing in some fresh air ziplining or hiking through a trail.