Onno Schwanen

Freelance Front-end developer

Amsterdam based Front-end Developer & Founder with 15 years of experience, who's enthusiastic about working on the intersection of design and engineering, and aims to create products that matter.

Logo and screen of Tempo

Co-founder & CEO of Tempo

Tempo was the email client that helps you focus. A joint venture between the startup studio Founders and product studio Pillar. It turned into a SaaS startup, backed by Founders and BoostVC, with a remote team of 8 people, offering customers an app for macOS (Electron, ReactJS) and iOS (React-Native).

For the first two years (under Pillar), I was the sole front-end developer and responsible for the front-end of the macOS app. For the last two years, I was the CEO and responsible for short and long-term strategy and project management to hiring.

Logo of Pillar

Co-founder & Front-end developer of Pillar

Pillar was a two-person product development studio that I co-founded with Henrique Ferreira, creating refined and reliable software, ranging from websites to desktop applications.

In our projects my focus was on the front-end and UX, while Henrique focussed on the back-end and infrastructure. We worked for clients among creative agency B-Reel, creative business school Hyper Island, B2B fashion brand Hakro, and startup Wandlabs (acquired by Microsoft).

Snapshot of my freelance work from 2013

Freelance Front-end developer

I worked for clients across the globe, including design studio Bleed, interaction design studio IXDS (acquired by PwC), agency Sid Lee, and enterprise-focused tech company Kenzan Media.

Sid Lee logo

Flash developer at Sid Lee

I joined creative agency Sid Lee at their headquarters in Montreal. As a Flash developer, I built rich interactive experiences for clients among Adidas, Kraft Foods (see project Philadelphia Cooking School) and Canadian television network TVA (see project Yoopa).

Freelance designer and developer

I offered design, front- and back-end development services as a freelancer during and after my studies. The work mainly consisted of developing campaign sites, a CD-ROM app, and a PHP-based CMS.

BA in Communication & Multimedia Design

CMD was a broad and practical study that combines communication, design and technology. Subjects matters ranged from marketing, audio to design. I interned at an animation studio, where I also completed my graduation project in the final year.