Matic Conradi

This is my story

about me

Who am I?

Hi! I'm Matic, 17, located in Celje, Slovenia. Since I was able to talk, I had a passion for technology. At that time I didn't have a computer, but I was fascinated by cars, trucks, and all sorts of machines in general. Even back then I had an idea of changing the world in some way. A computer gave me just that: an infinite sandbox where I could do whatever I wanted.

That's me.

The early days

I was 9, so, naturally, I’ve started with MS Paint. I've quickly overgrown it and moved to Adobe Photoshop. Photography wasn’t a thing of mine just yet, but I loved making abstract images.

When I turned 10, I decided to try and learn the basics of HTML and CSS. Not long after that, I made my first website. It was horrible, but a big step forward for me. I built upon my knowledge, and soon enough, my first public website was born right here. I came a long way since then.

My first website design.

My first website

Urku Portfolio

Not quite there yet

Two years have passed since my first bit of code hit the web, and I already knew a few things: web design is not easy. Internet Explorer is not my friend. Steve Jobs supposedly changed the world.

I wanted to be like him badly. I admired good design, and I still do, but I moved away from web design and instead focused on back-end development.

At the time I’ve also found a passion for photography, which led to new friendships and further improved skills.

The big move

In 2016 I’ve already had a set of web apps, entirely written in PHP. The biggest project I've worked on was Gradeagle, which I am still proud of to this date. It was meant for students, to store their grades, and get feedback about their statistics. It took me months to do it. It worked very well, but it had a major flaw: a desktop-first design. A bad mobile experience was unacceptable since phone and tablet usage was rising.

A screenshot of Gradeagle.

Gradeagle

The next logical step was to learn how to develop native apps. I had an iPhone 5 and an iMac, therefore, I decided to learn Swift. I could write some Java at the time. That helped, but it wasn't easy nonetheless. After about six months, I’ve released my very first app called Blink. I've learned a lot. My Java knowledge also improved, as well as some necessary design skills. Later on I've open-sourced the project and is now available on GitHub as well.

A screenshot of Blink.

Blink

In the June 2017, I've released my second app, Helios, a magic hour calculator. It's a beautiful concept I've designed myself and turned into code. Only a day later my app got to the 52nd place on the App Store under the utilities category.

A screenshot of Helios.

Helios

Here I am, going through the unknown. It's been a wild roller-coaster ride till now, and I can’t imagine where I’ll be in a few years. And because no post like this one is perfect without a Steve Jobs' quote, here’s one:

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs