Maja Jaakson

UX engineer & methodology buff

About me

Hi! 👋 I'm a Canadian expat living in Bergen, Norway. My academic background is a bit of a patchwork quilt, with swatches drawn from philosophy, logic, mathematics, linguistics, computer science, English literature, and psychology. Throughout my studies, I've kept coming back to methodological questions: how do we do things in this discipline? Are we doing them the right way? If not, what does that say about this field? Are better practices possible? If so, what would they look like? And can the results of methodological investigations and critiques in one domain shed light on how things should (not) be done in other domains?

I love powerlifting, parrots, aroid plants, Wittgenstein, version control, cycling, hair dye, CSS Grid, making and consuming food, making and consuming music, and Amsterdam. 🥰


I’ve just started as Senior UX Engineer at the Centre for Quality Improvement in Clinical Practices (SKIL). Before that, I worked as a developer at Knowit Experience Bergen and Vizrt. While at Knowit, I created the Frontiers Guidelines: an open-source front-end development guidelines template, inspired by Brad Frost's guidelines questionnaire. You can check out the Frontiers Guidelines project on GitHub.

I'm really fond of taking in and giving talks about all aspects of life in teams at work. If that's your jam, too, you might want to check out my talk, Make Yourself at Home:

I have some new talks, a collection of poems, and podcast with Kat in the works; when real things happen with these things, you'll be the first to know. 😁

If you'd like to get in touch, drop me a line here.