A bit about me…
I like to make things good and make good things. I am a passionate, professional UX Designer with a high level of user empathy + I’m cheap as chips.
My passion for self-improvement continues and I am studying towards a degree in Photography, on a correspondence course. Photography is a passion, as is podcasting. I host a few podcasts which in turn are syndicated to global radio brands. Did you know I have a podcast based on Communication Skills? Just click HERE for that.
I am part of the Backhouse / Morgan Marriage Experiment with Kathryn – it started 10 years ago and it will keep going indefinitely. She is a great gal! We live in the centre of Harrogate and we enjoy our group of friends and seeking new experiences.
I am intensely interested in the way people interact with the world and the objects in it. As I mention above, I was 19 and in China not really being able to speak the language; this made me take visual clues on a written system that is rooted in representation.
Common themes and tropes were established from the outset; red means stop, green go. I navigated my way around China, teaching, through visual aids.
I then pursued a career in Botanical research, after coming back to the UK and running away again as soon as possible.
It was in the Borneo Rainforest that I had a reaction to anti-malaria medication. It successfully rewired my brain to the point that I now always think outside of the box at Design Sprints.
The next few years (see CV) were spent as a musician and artist. I had good write ups in the national press and I have topped a few charts in my time. But I was drawn back to the fact that I was creating something (of subjective worth) that was being used in the real world. I had little knowledge of how it was being used or by whom. How did people interact with it? What was their experience using it? Where did they use what I was making?
All of these questions boiled down to the question; what was the user experience for the goods I was creating?
Fast forward a few years and I am working as a web designer, freelance, in Harrogate. I signed up to study a certificate in UX from Google and I have not looked back since.
I am available for work.