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About

I started in the UX field in 2009 when I did a part time MSc at University College London while working as a UX practitioner for the world renowned European Bioinformatics Insitute.

I love my job because it allows me to delve deeply into people’s worlds. What a privilege to truly understand what they are trying to achieve and then help deliver a tool that serves their needs.

I specialise in complex domains such as the life sciences, engineering and finance. These provide the added challenge of using domain experts to translate research into crafted design solutions.

 

My Approach

 

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Planned and good user research is the basis of a successful project. Insights generated by the user research phase setup and frame the project leading to less guesswork and solid design.

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User Research is only useful if a proper and objective analysis is conducted after the research phase.

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Beautiful designs that are both usable and accessible is the aim. Test designs early and often to ensure that they are supporting the users tasks.

  

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Image credit: J. Cham

What I do

Choosing the right methods that will allow clients to achieve their goals. Part of this is helping to them to understand what their goals are. A good outcome for me is a well designed interface based on user needs. How I achieve that varies greatly depending on resources, timelines and complexity. Below is a flavour of what I do.

User Research Techniques

User research

  • Interviews (in person and remote)
  • Walkthroughs
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Workshops
  • Focus Groups
  • Web Analytics
  • Diary Studies

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Information Architecture

  • Open card sorting
  • Closed card sorting
  • Canvas Sort
  • Survey and Web Analytics

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Usability testing

  • Paper prototyping usability testing
  • Website, desktop and mobile usability testing
  • "In the wild" usability testing
  • Remote usability testing (both desktop and web)

 

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Analysis and synthesis

  • Personas
  • Scenarios
  • User journeys
  • Task analysis
  • Experience maps

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Interaction design

  • Concept (Design studios, Ideation)
  • Prototyping (Sketching, Wireframes)
  • Interaction UI specification
  • IA specification

Facilitation, mentoring and training

  • Workshop designer and facilitator
  • Focus group moderator
  • Project lead
  • UX mentor and trainer

 

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