I am a user experience and interface designer, specialising in websites and apps, for mobile and desktop. I pursue an honest approach to my work, designing for the user first. I strongly believe this to be the best way to achieve business goals, making a profitable product you can be proud of.
I want to manage a small, agile team of designers, mentoring, coaching and learning from my peers. I want to shape product direction as it grows, seamlessly working with development and product teams, to get quick, smooth results, influenced by user feedback and best judgement.
Joining as a front-end designer on a 3-person team, to becoming design lead for Lives of the First World War (A project done in partnership with Imperial War Museums) and now offering design leadership as a senior designer for our core buiness Findmypast.
Responsible for helping define process, growing the design team and participating in the product delivery through leading workshops, customer interviews and user testing sessions, as well as producing just-enough design in the form of sketches, wireframes or mockups, user flows, styleguides, critiques, UX & UI design. Work tends to be in 1 or 2 week sprints, or ran Kanban-style. I collaborate with a team of developers, product managers, data, marketing and customer service team members.
Initially a front-end developer, building web apps with a senior front-end dev, but transitioned to lead the design of our core business creating iPhone/iPad apps for ourselves and clients.
Responsible for detailed photoshop mockups, exploratory design, iconography and mentoring two design interns (one of which is now the lead designer for the company).
As part of a small design agency, I was responsible for the UI design, HTML and CSS of Drupal & Wordpress websites. Clients included The St Andrews Hotel and Guest House Association — which includes all of St. Andrews' most famous hotels — Fife Council, and London-based kids party company, Sharky & George.
During my time in college, and while working with IT-Serve, I also freelanced by doing design, HTML and CSS for local clients, such as a 4-5 Star timeshare resort near St. Andrews, a life coach and a popular local grunge band. I also provided regular front-end development services, building static HTML/CSS websites, to a local design agency.
Music (Guitar, Ukulele), Photography (Fujifilm X-T2), Video games (Action & Adventure, RPG), Tabletop games (Munchkin).
If you think I'd be a good fit for your team, please, get in touch and let's start the conversation.