Hello there, I am a UX/UI designer, illustrator and front end developer with a love for creating beautiful, functional user interfaces and seamless digital experiences. Currently working with the award-winning digital agency NSDesign, based in Glasgow, I create and code engaging and intuitive, responsive sites and apps for web and mobile with a focus on simplicity and great user experience. I love visual design, web typography and illustration and have a pixel-perfect attention to detail in my work.
Collaboration and discussion is key and I work closely with clients from small start-ups to large organisations, helping them to take their ideas from the initial brief through to completion. By getting a clear understanding of user requirements and business objectives early on, I develop goal driven interfaces and user journeys through an iterative process, using sketching, wireframing, prototyping and visual design elements. Over time I have revised and improved my design process and develop using the latest web technologies and standards.
I believe that the web should be accessible, beautiful and intuitive to use for everyone on all devices. I am hugely passionate about design and technology, constantly striving to stay at the cutting edge of new web technologies and innovations to improve my work, create more effective solutions and better myself as a designer. I take inspiration from pretty much everything around me from old signage and typography to print design, posters and packaging and the web itself. I think it’s an exciting time to work in the web. I feel lucky to be surrounded by a community of passionate and forward thinking people who want to create awesome things and change the world in a small but positive way. The web offers an opportunity to make things simpler, help people make a living and encourage openness and togetherness.
Outside of work you will usually find me working away on personal illustration ideas, designing apps, making instrumental hip hop music, running marathons and riding my bike down mountains.
- User Experience (UX) / User Interface (UI) / Interaction Design
- Information Architecture
- Mobile First Responsive Design
- Mobile and Desktop App Design
- Sass / Compass / Grunt / Gulp / Bower
- Personas, User Stories, User Flows
- Wireframing and Prototyping - Marvel / InVision
- Element Collages / Visual Design Patterns
- Custom Illustration and Animation
- Adobe CS - Photoshop / Illustrator / After Effects / InDesign
- Wordpress Development
- CMS Integration - Joomla, Cubecart and Social Engine
- Frontend Frameworks including Bootstrap / Foundation
- Agile Development Practices
- Version Control - Git / SVN
- Mobile Libraries including jQuery Mobile / QuoJS
- Digital Strategy
- SEO and Social Strategy
- Web Accessibility / ARIA
- Experience in PHP and MySQL
Planning and Research
I listen to the requirements of each project to gain an understanding of the websites users and then suggest appropriate design solutions. I work in close collaboration with the client and keep them involved at each stage of the design process as it develops.
I develop page layouts and wireframes so as to establish a clear information architecture and content flow for the website. Creating a seemless and intuitive user experience is the key focus aswell as how the site will work and display on multiple devices.
When a suitable structure and layout has been agreed upon I begin work on the visual style. I develop an appropriate look and feel for the website, with a focus on simplicity and end user goals so as to enhance the overall experience.
When the client is happy with the style and structure it's time to open the code editor, transforming the design, functionality and interactions into a fully responsive and fully manageable website that the client can maintain and scale easily as they grow.