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Monica Messaggi Kaya

About Me

My name is Monica Messaggi Kaya and lately, I am running a few freelance projects using my hats as Software Engineer and UX Designer.

I have a design / webdesign inclination with experience in programming. I try to keep myself current with the new technologies and trends, seeking training where needed and participating in events. My main interests at the moment lie in web and mobile applications, UX/UI and front-end development.

“I believe in the magic of little things, a spice, a herb, a touch, a thought...”

Tools of the trade

“The right tool for the job”
I have my favourites and could try anything that makes the task more enjoyable. Tools and areas of development at the moment are:

* Talks *

I got invited to give a talk on Future of Web Apps London and I used the project I was working on - Digital Manuscripts Toolkit - as a subject. The talking experience was great and as a result, I was also invited to give the talk at JSOxford.

I blogged about the public talking experience and my slides are available online; the project itself is really interesting and have updates on the DMT project blog.


Senior UX Designer at Incuna
August 2016 - May 2017

Leading the User Experience at Incuna, responsible for conceiving and conducting user research, interviews and surveys; translating them into sitemaps, wireframes and prototypes; updating and defining UX for websites, mobile web and apps. Communicating the overall functionality with design, front-end and development teams to ensure great user experience.

Keywords: UX, UI, personas, user journeys, sketches, wireframes, prototypes, sitemap, interviews

eCommerce / Web Software Engineer at Elsevier
May 2016 - August 2016

Working with the latest web technologies building new functionality and liaising with other groups to ensure the Elsevier framework is maintained in a flexible and reliable way.

Keywords: HTML/HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, Adaptive UI, SEO, Git, Amazon AWS EC2 services, Solr, Elastic, Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager

Front-end/Javascript Developer: Building the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit at The University of Oxford
January 2015 - April 2016

Working on a digital toolkit to enable users to engage with digitised manuscripts. Leading the development of the user interface(s) required for the project to ensure the tools will meet the user’s needs.

Keywords: UX/UI, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, IIIF, Shared Canvas

DAMS Software Engineer at The University of Oxford
March 2009 - January 2015

Member of the core Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) team working with the system architect to develop the DAMS architecture. Projects:

Short-version CV [pdf] Extended-version CV [LinkedIn]