People should feel like experts when they use the sites and apps I design the first time they use them. I want them to continue enjoying that experience over time as their needs change.
I enjoy collaborating with colleagues. I don't want to work with people that agree with me all the time, I want to be challenged and be forced to stand up to my designs.
I want my iconography to be meaningful and memorable. I want my artistic illustrations to be beautiful and impressive. I sketch nearly everything I design first, and I love creating vector illustrations for work and as a hobby.
I'm learning to code. I've been doing HTML and CSS for a while, and have dabbled in various languages over the years but I'm now taking a more serious approach.
Tutorials and meetups are great but the best way to learn is to just build things.
I designed a responsive theme for GitHub Pages and open sourced it:
There are a few things about me that you might not expect from your average designer (if there is such a thing), I'd like to point them out.
I have a phobia of meetings that have no direction and take forever. Luckily I’ve developed excellent facilitation and workshop design skills over the years. I can help a team of people come out of a meeting feeling energized, excited, and clear on direction.
I design workshops and user research sessions that work for the people involved and meet the goals they need to achieve.
Over the years I've had to run the projects I was also designing. Methods I learned from Scrum and other agile frameworks have influenced the way I work.
Of all the things I've learned the best lessons have been about how to work with people. This video sums up some hard lessons I learned after ScrumMaster training.
I love the buzz and excitement of great events. I've put on my own conferences, supported events teams with design and online experiences, designed interactive installations, and 2 years running I stage managed the biggest web conference in Australia - Web Directions.
I understand what it means to take care of every detail to ensure people go away with something to remember.