Meet the team
Bilyan "Billy" Belchev is the president of Webitects. Since the beginning of the millennium (which would only be twelve years), he has believed that the most efficient way to design a successful site is to consult directly with the people who will be using it. This approach has a fancy name–user research. Billy stays focused on lightweight (Agile) methods to user research that can be applied to projects with time or budget limits (in other words, all projects).
Billy likes sharing his opinion with clients on how to avoid producing Carelman teapots (shown in photo), but only if he has enough evidence that it might help. When clients are not around to listen, Billy lectures graduate students in the Usability & Research course at Illinois Institute of Technology, or various conference attendees.
In his spare time, Billy works on forming new opinions (to be shared in the future) on how to solve complex information problems (like faceted search), how to conduct usability testing more efficiently, or where to buy good wine at fair prices.
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Recent blog posts
- Our history with open data
- Published on Mar 11, 2014 | Category: opengov
- Back in 1995, Webitects was one of the first web design and development groups in Chicago. In 2013, we became the first node of the Tim Berners-Lee founded, UK-based, Open Data Insti...
- Open Data Institute (ODI) announces new global network
- Published on Oct 29, 2013 | Category: opengov
- Webitects announced as ODI Chicago—the first US city member of the international Open Data Institute, which held their first summit in London today USA, Canada, Dubai,...
- Online fundraising tips from our work with Wikipedia (TechWeek 2012 Conference)
- Published on Jun 25, 2012 | Category: design
- We'd like to thank the Wikimedia Foundation, and especially Peter Gehres, for coming to TechWeek Chicago and sharing the results of the work we did together to optimize the donation ...