Welcome to blobfisk.com, the online home of Alex Horstmann, a user experience professional of over 10 years experience.
This site is mostly about me blogging about (what I think are) interesting things, posting links (ok, it’s automatically picking them up from my Delicious account!) and generally trying to talk about all things UX, usability and accessibility. So, a little about me…
Alex Horstmann is an Irishman (Irish By Birth, Cork By the Grace of God) living in the city of St. Albans, just a little north of London! I live with my beautiful wife and wonderful little son, and divide my time between enjoying my family and loving my work in user experience. BlobFisk has been my nickname/handle/alias for a long time now, so generally where you see a user called BlobFisk it’s me!
Currently, I’m Head of User Experience and Design at TUI Travel plc. TUI is a leading travel and leisure company. Listed on the FTSE 100, TUI owns travel brands like Thomson, First Choice, Simply and Falcon. I look after the UX and Design teams, and my main areas of focus at the moment is Customer Experience at a Group wide level.
Before TUI I was a consultant user experience architect at the Virgin Media, where I consulted on the redesign of their site, adding some exciting new content and some incredible cross-platform features linking the web to their set top boxes.
Previously, I was User Experience Manager for Channel 4, looking after all things user experience for this leading UK broadcaster. My role here includes managing Information Architects and external agencies, ensuring the usability, UX and accessibility of all the Channel 4 online inventory (Channel4, E4, Film4, More 4, and 4Radio), expert usability and accessibility reviews and playing a key role in the redesign of the Channel4 site.
Before this I was Senior User Experience Engineer at Tideway Systems Limited, looking after the user experience, usability and design of Foundation, Tideway’s enterprise business intelligence solution.
Previous to joining Tideway I worked for DeCare Systems (Ireland) in User Experience and Web Design, a US consultancy specialising in web applications with clients including Avon Cosmetics, MasterCard, Figis and various large US insurance companies (like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Delta Dental).
Previous to this I was Internet Manager for Irelands largest recruitment company, Premier Recuitment, and Irelands largest independent radio station, 96FM, respectively. If you want to know more then my CV / Resume may be of interest to you.