I look for opportunities to create exciting and innovative user experiences and designs - working primarily as an interaction designer with hybrid research and development skills. I follow a user-centred-design approach to make sure that the user is put first no matter what is being built. Workshops, interviews and other forms of research are essential to making sure that the designs are informed and are usable to those who will be using them. I create designs, coded prototypes, flat designs and user journeys - whichever is most appropriate to the job at hand and have lots of experience being a part of teams working in Agile and SAFe. I have led UX as well as Scrum teams and worked as a sole designer/researcher/prototyper on projects. Fencing is a big part of my life - I have been selected for the Scottish team competing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and was recently picked to compete at the Tokyo World cup for team GBR.
I watch how users behave to understand their needs - their requirements are the foundations for page designs, layout and functionality.
I use prototypes of varying fidelity to communicate ideas and designs to stakeholders, users and development teams.
I keep users at the heart of what I do by continually testing designs and builds with them to better influence the outcome of the project.
I prototype in HTML, CSS and JS to bridge the gap between design and development. This has been especially useful in reducing the load on delivery teams as well creating valubale mock ups for the business.
By focusing on users and engaging them early, throughout and after a project I reduce the level of risk to the business and increase the level of rewards to users.
I use workshops for getting ideas, information and knowledge from groups. By taking on that information I can gain more insight into the problem and potential solutions.