Have you met Haikal?

You must have wondered about our logo.

The man behind the ingenious design was inspired last year while he was on an exchange programme in Germany. Sitting in a classroom bored of the German lecturer’s spiel, he embarked on designing Klinify’s logo, striving for an ideal uniqueness to the brand image of Klinify.

Now, it is with great pride that we announce the arrival of the design extraordinaire, Haikal Aziz, to Klinify.

The Industrial Design graduate from the National University of Singapore describes himself as a designer who believes in the less is more ideology, hoping to design his way into a clutter-free world. Being a travel buff has certainly shaped Haikal’s style as well; besides travelling extensively in Europe, he also backpacked for two months solely within China, and spent two months in an overland trip starting from South China, and worked his way back to Singapore through Southeast Asia.

Passionate about photography and videography, Haikal devotes his free time to shooting weddings, and freelance photography jobs.

If you’re wondering about the fabulous new photos of the team that you see up on our website, these stunning photos of travel, and these minimalist yet practical product design ideas, don’t worry; I’ll put an end to your confusion. All of these are products of Haikal’s genius.

Obviously, Haikal loves shopping for good deals, meddling with the guitar, and playing football too. A more well-rounded man I’ve yet to meet.

Please hold on a minute while I contemplate my life.

All jest aside, we love having Haikal here at Klinify, and here’s an insight into Klinify’s wonderful new addition.

 

Why and how did you decide to join Klinify?

Well, I knew Krish way back in junior college, which is surprisingly, 8 years ago! I still remember clearly when we just entered university, I went to his dorm room and he was the first person to introduce me to a Mac. I was sold the moment I stepped out of his room. I got a Mac shortly after that.

It all started last year when Krish asked me to help with the branding of Klinify. I knew that I wanted a clean, professional feel for Klinify, and at the same time, wanted to keep it as simple as possible. I have always been more inclined to designs that are simple and minimal and I’m glad Klinify also appreciates this.

On the way to school one day during my last semester, I bumped into Krish at the Kent Ridge MRT station where we were speaking a little about our future. At that point of time, I was still undecided as to what I was going to do after graduation. He didn’t offer me a job then, but a month or so before my graduation show, Krish called me up and asked me if I was interested to design the application and be a part of Klinify.

I went to meet Krish at the new office three weeks before my graduation show and by the time I left the office, I was convinced. I decided to try out with designing the User Interface (UI) on a part time basis until I was free after the graduation show.

After a few weeks at the office, I’ve come to love it here. It was an easy choice for me to decide whether to stay with Klinify or not. The office is incredible. The people here are really a wonderful bunch, the working atmosphere and culture is really, really great (you really don’t get many companies here in Singapore like Klinify!) and there are so many places to go for lunch!

 

What’s a typical day for you as a Designer at Klinify?

I try to start my day early, fill my big giant cup/jar with water and try to finish it before lunch, and one after. I have my peanut butter sandwiches that my mom usually makes for me, look through my mails, figure out my to-do list and start work.

I’ve just discovered Ronin cafe just across the road after 3 weeks of walking past it, and coffee will become a daily routine until the office gets an espresso machine (which is soon I hope!). Their coffee is good, and pretty decently priced as well.

Kien is the one who initiates lunch, which is at about 1130 (to escape the insane lunch crowd) and by the time we’re back we’ll have merge (a short meeting/catch up session on individual tasks), after which I’ll continue with whatever is on my to-do list.

I’ll leave the office for a bit for my afternoon prayers to the mosque, which is really close (something that I really am thankful for) and come back to work until about 6 where I leave for home to have dinner with my parents.

 

What other design projects (within and outside of Klinify) are you working on besides designing for the product?

I have some posters for the office that I will be working on to make the office look a little cooler than it is already, and to of course motivate everyone here to work harder with some quotes that the team has chosen to reflect on Klinify values.

I’m also really into interior spaces, so we’ll see what the office becomes in the next couple of months! I have a video project in the works and a couple of weddings to shoot in the next couple of months. I recently did some packaging design for a hand phone case for one of Sony’s new phones, but that’s about it.

I had a few offers during my graduation show a couple of weeks back, but I’ve come to realise that I don’t really want to take on too many freelance jobs at the moment. It’s pretty tiring to juggle a full time job with freelance jobs. I’m really thankful for the offers, but I think I’m more thankful for the realisation that time is very precious and important.

What’s the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the past few months?

Which Mac to get for work! Since the one I’m using now is running preeeetty slow. It’s either I get one now, or wait another 3 months for the release of the new ones by Apple. And also whether I should be getting an iMac or the Macbook Pro, and which size! Hahaha.

 

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I still can’t get a Mac now since the new one is coming in 3 months’ time only. Haha!

Ok but firstly, I would never ever bet in a lottery (just to make that clear). So assuming a kind and generous person gave me the money, I would:

- Donate money anonymously to people or organisations that help the people in need.

- Build a mosque or help fund one for upgrading purposes.

- Buy my stuff for family and friends, anything they want with no credit limit.

- Get myself a decent car (Volkswagen Golf or a Sirocco or a Mini Cooper) 

Ok, I’ll stop there. No man is kind and generous enough to give me 20 million dollars. My list will be very long so I will save us all some time here. Hahaha.

 

What would an ideal day off from work be like for you? 

To be able to sleep in! I don’t remember the last time I got to sleep in. And if it’s still before 11am, get the sausage McGriddles meal from the McDonalds across my house with hot latte, no sugar.

 

What’s the most extreme thing, in your opinion, you’ve done? 

Skydive and right after it, bungee jumping of a 60m high platform. Which is about 20 stories, can you imagine!

Describe yourself in 3 words 

Positive, Thoughtful, Contented

“You are a very positive person. Life must seem like a breeze for you. You have no worries and you feel just great. Everything is just perfect, but still you have your bad days and you try to fix it as soon as possible so you can get back to a really god life. You like people you know, and people you don’t know. Meeting new people is like an adventure and no one can ruin it for you.” – 5 minute Personality Quiz

 

What song best describes your work ethic?

Nothing Else Matters, Metallica.