Biography

Skills and achievements

I enjoy collaborating within fast-paced teams, sharing ideas with stakeholders, fellow designers and developers throughout the project life cycle. My multi-disciplinary skill set allows me to tackle multiple UX / UI design roles from concept to final execution, such as interface design, wire framing, prototyping, usability testing and review, information architecture and user research.

Skills

User Interface (UI) design

  • Interaction design
  • Design systems / living style guides
  • Design leadership
  • Mentoring junior designers
  • Client presentation
  • User centred design
  • Front end development
  • Art direction and Branding

User Experience (UX) design

  • Expert reviews
  • Usability testing
  • Analytics
  • User research and persona development
  • User stories
  • Journey maps / user flows

Information Architecture

  • Prototypes - lo/hi-fi
  • Wireframes
  • Sitemaps
  • Card sorting
  • Tree testing

I tend to work in Sketch or Adobe XD for interface design work, ocassionally Photoshop or Illustrator where required. For wire-framing and IA work I use Axure and for prototype work a combination of plain code (HTML/CSS), InVision or Sketch depending on the complexity of the project.

Due to the rate of change and disruption in our industry, I always keep an eye on emerging technologies and trends within the design community.

Achievements

My initial passion for the graphic arts developed during my time at North Oxford Art School. I later became fascinated with the creative potential of web design whilst studying International Design at University, graduating with 1st class honours. Initially working in Macromedia's Flash software, by the mid 00s I had discovered the benefits of standards compliant web design through the work of Jeffrey Zeldman and from then on, I was hooked.

  • 1991-98 - Henry Box School Witney - 3 A levels in Art, Design and Technology and Geography.
  • 1999 - Completed a years Art & Design Foundation course, receiving a National diploma, specialising in Graphic Design, Photography and Fine Art.
  • 2001 - 1st place in Red Bull's Search for a DJ ;-)
  • 2002 - Received a BA(Hons) First Class Honours (1:1) in International Design From Southampton Solent University.
  • 2004 - Joined The Royal College of Surgeons as Web designer and Front end developer.
  • 2006 - Founded Bright Black Creative, my online creative presence.
  • 2008 - Joined Bluefrog as Digital Designer.
  • 2010 - Promoted to Senior Digital Designer at Bluefrog.
  • 2011 - Third Sector Excellence Awards - Best Website for Lend with care (Lead designer).
  • 2012 - Third Sector Excellence Awards - Best Fundraising Campaign for Animalprotector.org.uk (Lead designer).
  • 2012 - Charity Times Best use of the Web for Lend with care (Lead designer).
  • 2014 - Completed a series of UX, Usability and Mobile UX training courses with Spotless Interactive.
  • 2015-16 - Worked with an AI startup that went on to secure £1.5m funding.
  • 2018 - Lend with care progressed beyond £30 million in loans.

Clients

I've had the opportunity to work with some great people and organisations over the years, here are just a few...





Get in touch

If you'd like to discuss working together or just have a question for me, please get in touch:

andy@brightblackcreative.co.uk