Kristoffer Hedstrom, Designer in Zürich, Switzerland

Kristoffer Hedstrom


Zürich, Switzerland
Toptal Member Since
January 13, 2018

Kris is an interactive designer and developer with 15+ years of experience. He has worked as a designer, developer, engineering manager, and product manager for and at a variety of agencies, startups, and multi-billion companies. Kris still wants to learn and get better.

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Work Experience

2019 - PRESENT

Senior UX Engineer

  • Designed and built prototypes for new features in Google Calendar and Google Tasks.
  • Augmented existing products with Chrome extensions.
  • Created tools for Google Calendar and Google Tasks.
Technologies: Flutter, Sketch, Figma, TypeScript, React
2016 - 2019

Art Director and Lead Product Engineer

Nomad Health
  • Created a modern healthcare staffing platform for the US market.
  • Designed new features in Sketch, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Prototyped future thinking ideas with Invision and Framer.
  • Implemented with React, Redux, Redux-Form, Webpack, and Sass front-end.
Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, Adobe Illustrator, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch
2014 - 2015

Product Manager/Engineering Manager

  • Led a team of Product Engineers, Designers, and Mobile Engineers.
  • Spearheaded data-driven product management.
  • Planned and managed projects for the Identity team (personalization, themes, customization, etc).
  • Evaluated and analyzed results of projects and tests.
  • Made teenagers super angry.
Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, Hadoop, PHP, MySQL
2012 - 2014

Product Engineer

  • Created new features on using Javascript, PHP, CSS, and HTML5.
  • Created themes used by millions of people.
  • Focused on post creation tools.
  • Made the mobile web version 86% less terrible.
  • Created embeddable posts for use on third party sites.
Technologies: Backbone.js, CSS, PHP, Adobe Photoshop, JavaScript
2011 - 2012

Senior Developer

  • Focused on implementing complex UI designs using Javascript (including Ajax, SVG, WebGL and Canvas APIs), CSS and HTML5.
  • Mentored junior developers.
  • Contributed to USA Today's major redesign.
  • Worked on several award winning sites for Google.
  • Created a Chrome app for Al-Jazeera English.
Technologies: JavaScript, WebGL, Canvas
2010 - 2011

Senior Interactive Developer

  • Developed award-winning, standards-based, high-profile sites for interactive agency.
  • Implemented JavaScript solutions using design patterns such as the Factory, Module, and Pub-Sub.
  • Created solutions using jQuery and Prototype libraries, as well as native JavaScript.
  • Led team of junior developers.
  • Collaborated with clients including Microsoft, Pokémon, Target, Nintendo, and San Francisco Opera.
  • Worked on in-house products using C# and JavaScript.
Technologies: SVG, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, C#, jQuery, JavaScript
2009 - 2010

Senior Interactive Designer

NCsoft West
  • Created mockups for NCsoft’s Western game franchise web sites.
  • Designed user interface solutions for game installers and launchers.
  • Developed and maintained game sites using Movable Type and Expression Engine.
  • Provided Project Management and Design QA.
  • Shipped games included Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Aion, Lineage II, and City of Heroes.
Technologies: Adobe InDesign, OmniGraffle, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop
2008 - 2009

Senior Designer

  • Designed sites and apps for automotive industry.
  • Designed and implemented click-through simulators and prototypes for use with usability testing and client pitches.
  • Created Information Architecture deliverables (wireframes, sitemaps, personas, etc).
  • Acted as mentor and technical consultant for junior members of the team.
  • Contributed to client work including GM, Lexus, BMW, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Subaru, and Audi.
Technologies: Visio, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
2007 - 2008

Senior Web Developer

  • Developed award-winning, standards-based, high-profile sites for interactive agency.
  • Implemented complex UI designs using JavaScript, CSS, HMTL, and Actionscript/Flash.
  • Created Wordpress plugins and sites for a variety of clients.
  • Developed web applications.
  • Worked on client projects including Nintendo, Raleigh Bicycles, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and New York Metropolitan Opera.
Technologies: WordPress, Flash, Flash ActionScript, JavaScript, HTML
2003 - 2007

Interactive Developer

KCTS Television
  • Designed, developed, and maintained and related websites.
  • Designed and implemented PBS and PBS Kids related sites.
  • Created interactive features using Flash / Actionscript, ASP, SQL and XML.
  • Developed applications.
  • Created an online payment system for pledge drives, which brought in over $200,000 USD the first year.
Technologies: Final Cut Pro, Flash ActionScript, Flash, Adobe Premiere Pro, SQL, ASP, Adobe Photoshop


1998 - 2001

Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science

Pacific Lutheran University - Tacoma, WA