Employee Highlight – Eric Haft
We are proud of our employees and the pride and care they take producing your orders and want to share their stories with you.
Each month we highlight one of our employees and the department they work in! You will get a look behind-the-scenes here at the lab, and get to know one of our own a little bit better.
Eric Haft – N-Vu
N-Vu, a part of the H&H family of companies, offers professional proofing galleries, photo products, and revolutionary in-person sales tools for photographers – everything you need in one place! We are excited to introduce you to one of the N-Vu team members, Eric Haft. In this Employee Highlight, you will get a glimpse of why the special hard-working “behind the scenes” N-Vu team helps make it the best solution for today’s photographer.
Q: What is your job title/position?
Lead UX and UI designer
Q: How long have you worked for N-Vu?
Q: What did you do prior to working for N-Vu? How do those skills help you with what you do now?
I started at N-Vu before it was N-Vu. Although my heart has always been in design, html, and css, I started off focused on coding in frontend applications in Macromedia Director (Lingo) and Flash (Actionscript). This coding background has given me a strong understanding of what it takes to create designs and frontend code that are easy for developers to work with. Over time as the UI industry has matured and UX has become its own craft, I naturally fell into learning the UX role. Now I wear many hats – UX, UI, some front-end code, and backend liaison.
Q: How big is the staff/team that you work with?
I work with a UX team of 3 people, and a development team of 5 people.
Q: How has the company changed in the last ten years?
10 years of change when working with software is a lifetime. Web browsers have advanced, and our software moved from the desktop into the browser. Client image viewing has gone from desktop-only to tablets and phones with the first iPhone coming out about 10 years ago. The idea of browsing and purchasing photos online on a phone was barely a thought 10 years ago. Adapting to new technologies is a necessity, but also an opportunity to use new technology to improve our software for our photographers and their clients.
Q: What is it that you love about your job? Or how do you measure a job “well done” in a given day?
Creating an easy-to-use interface takes a lot of work that starts with talking to photographers. It “ends” (software iteration never really ends!) with hearing how our photographers are using our software to make their clients happy, and their studios more efficient and more successful. That is always gratifying, and enlightening as we hear about ways to improve things even more. But most of all I get excited seeing something that began as only research, become a UI design that comes to life – making something out of nothing.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time, hobbies, interests, etc.?
Golf, Guitar, New York Giants football, and digitally painting when I have the time.
Q: Tell me a little bit about your personal life and family.
I’ve been married for 5 years to an amazing wife and have a 2 and a half year old daughter who might be the craziest little girl I’ve ever known!