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I love creating amazing user experiences.
I approach everything I do with the user at the forefront of my mind. My training in design thinking helps me to develop a deep understanding of the core challenges and goals of the project. Understanding these drivers is so critical, and design thinking is particularly effective at discovering the project-defining issues that otherwise may have been overlooked.
After understanding the motivations for the project I work through the UX process, from interviewing individuals, to exploring concepts through personas, journey maps, and activity diagrams, to bringing the requirements together in low fidelity wireframes.
I have consistently found that a human-centred design approach gives you the best possible opportunity to create something both beautiful and highly functional.
Latest UX project: UX design of a major platform
I love programming.
There's nothing I love more than that feeling when you've spent hours trying to implement a feature or fix a bug and suddenly, it all comes together. I love to solve problems, I'm always looking to write better code and create better designs, and I pride myself on my tenacity with refactoring.
Latest programming project: this website!
I love learning new things.
My second favourite thing after solving an extra juicy problem, is learning something new. I’m a big believer in the idea that a person’s creativity is directly related to the sum of their life or domain experience. Given that creativity is so core to both UX design and programming, I am constantly looking for a new concept to understand, language to learn, technology to wrap my head around, or tool to add into my workflow.
Currently learning: ReactJS, Webpack and Babel
I love meeting new people.
If any of the above speaks to you and you have a challenge, get in touch. I'm always eager to hear about new projects.
Lead UX Designer (Advisian Digital)
UX Design | Design Thinking | Patience
This project is still under development and yet to be made public, so I'll avoid specifics. Our digital team was given the challenge of finding a better way of acquiring and managing internal and external talent in a large multinational organisation. The challenge was set and has support from the highest levels of the organisation and we have since received substantial funding to turn it into a reality.
I have been leading the UX design of the project with a team of four. Our small team has spent months understanding the needs and frustrations of key stakeholders and converting those drivers into potential solutions. We have:
- interviewed more than 60 individuals;
- run a number of design thinking workshops;
- produced personas, empathy maps, process maps, journey maps, user stories;
- prioritised requirements and developed a set of wireframes; and
- had countless arguments, inspirations and moments of joy along the way.
The project is ongoing...
Sole full-stack developer (Advisian Digital)
Laravel (PHP) | Materialize | Sass | jQuery
The tech world moves at an incredible pace. In order for my team and the broader organisation to keep up with the latest and greatest technology (an essential requirement for delivering the best outcomes to our clients), we needed a way to store, share, and discuss large amounts of information about the global tech industry. The existing method (email, phone and carrier pigeon) was time-consuming and wasteful.
Tech Talk provides users the ability to store documents, links and contact information about organisations, search the Tech Talk database, and discuss organisations or broader topics. In order to make the goals of Tech Talk a reality, I needed to think holistically about the project, never ignoring the users needs, but also understanding and managing technology constraints, time pressures and my own limitations. This project allowed me to push myself in a real-world setting and put my skills to the test.
Sole full-stack developer (University project)
ASP.NET MVC | Bootstrap | Sass | jQuery
Game of Life is a university project where we were set the challenge of building a full-stack MVC web application using ASP.NET MVC and Bootstrap, with some jQuery and AJAX thrown in for good measure. Conway's Game of Life is a zero-player game where a matrix of cells "evolve" based on a set of pre-defined rules. It's a fascinating concept, though a pretty dull game...
I took the project far beyond the requirements of the assignment as I saw it as an opportunity to learn a lot about a very popular web framework and to test my front-end design ability. I spent a lot of time ensuring clean, refactored code and creating a great user experience. It's not the most advanced web application, but I'm nonetheless proud of the outcome.
Designer (Advisian Digital/Freelance)
WordPress | CSS
I have had a number of engagements building marketing sites for businesses. The core requirements of all of these sites have been similar; modern, responsive sites with the ability for the clients to administer them. The sites include the following:
- Advisian Digital (current employer)
- waterRIDE (flood modelling tool)
- Bean Good Coffee Co. (social enterprise cafe)
- The Big Umbrella (Melbourne charity) - In progress...
WordPress for all its foibles is a fantastic foundation for building simple, responsive sites that can be updated by the client. Though it is technically-speaking not very challenging work, it is fit-for-purpose. In each of the above I have provided the front-end design and development including the server setup.