Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple.
— Edward De Bono
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Loa Tzu

Susan Villecroze

User Experience Designer


Susan is the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Specialist at hexaZen. As a result, she takes care of all the user interface design, information architecture, and user testing. She also manages all the business operations for hexaZen, the website and is the one responsible for project management on all projects.

Susan received her B.Sc. from the University of Victoria in 2001 with a combined major in Physics and Astronomy and a minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate, she took part in coop and acquired experience in research areas of Astronomy and programmed scripts for Meteorologists and Hydrologists. Her physics coop work placements included the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO), Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Co. (CFHT) and Environment Canada.

After getting married, living in France, traveling, trying her hands on web design and development, and then settling in Vancouver, she decided to go back to school. In 2007, Susan received her M.Sc. in Computer Science in the area of Human-Computer Interaction from Simon Fraser University, under the supervision of Dr. Ted Kirkpatrick. The lack of experts in HCI and the interdisciplinary nature of the field appealed to her. During her graduate career, she acquired knowledge and experience in areas of ubiquitous computing, interaction techniques, social navigation, mixed-initiative interaction, and usability. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker for various undergrad courses in Computer Science.

Upon graduation in 2007, she became a full time Information Architect for a Drupal design and development company and also started to work part time as a HCI/UI Design Consultant and Project Manager for a startup called Math I Can Do, which builds math software. Now, hexaZen has entered the iPhone application business and Susan is very excited to contribute her skills towards building user-centered designs and cool applications for the iPhone.

Besides work, Susan also enjoys...

  • Spending time with her husband and son
  • Long distance running
  • Blogging at Swoon For Food
  • Cooking, baking, and "creating" things over at Creativity Friendly
  • Hanging out on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
  • Photography and creating keepsakes using iPhoto and iMovie
  • Planning and organizing events

Jean-Louis Villecroze

Senior Software Engineer


Jean-Louis is the Software Engineer and Developer at hexaZen. His extensive knowledge of programming languages and operating platforms, makes him a key player in application development and technical support for hexaZen.

Jean-Louis discovered the world of computers at the early age of eight. After toying with computers and programming, he decided to take on a four-year university degree in Computer Science at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie 2 and Ecole Supérieure de l'Industrie et du Commerce (ESICOM) in France. Through the coop program at the university, Jean-Louis worked at the Lyon Observatory in 1995-96 on the Oasis Spectrograph project. There, he discovered the world of Astronomy and space devices. His work in Lyon led him to the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Co. (CFHT) in 1998, where he continued working on the Oasis project. He returned to France in 2000 and began working on defense projects, coding in ADA, C, and C++.

With eighteen years of programming experience, Jean-Louis is ready for more challenging and exciting projects. His many ideas and his addiction to coding have led him to develop various software projects under BeOS and QNX. For several years, he developed programs for the QNX RTOS. All his tools were intended to make learning and programming easier for others. His solid background in software engineering landed him a permanent position in Burnaby, BC where he is currently engaged in very satisfying and exciting work in camera vision. Over the past several years, Jean-Louis has produced programs in C/C++, and Java for various platforms and hardware in the digital camera industry. His responsibilities include maintenance and evolution, technical support, and he contributes to research and development.

Besides work, Jean-Louis also enjoys...

  • Contemporary music in all its forms for the musically curious
  • Reading Umberto Eco books
  • Marathon running
  • Road biking
  • Hanging out on Twitter, Pinterest, Strava, & Google+
  • Playing iPhone games
  • iPhoneography
  • Playing Lego and Star Wars with his son