You know those little dogs that hang on to your trouser leg and just won't let go? That's me! I hate being beaten by a problem and will work relentlessly until I solve it.
During the first day at a previous role (Woolworths), I solved a problem they had been struggling with for months, and solved two more problems by the end of the week. All of this while working in a custom CMS that I was previously unfamiliar with.
How much do I love what I do? On average, I spend over 8 hours a week just keeping up with all the latest trends in UI/UX design and web development.
Truth be told, I'm a little OCD when it comes to UX. Hardly a week goes by where I don't email some company with tips for improving the UX on their website/app.
I even find myself trying to apply UX principles in my everyday physical life - I really can't stand it when things don't function the way they should. I'm the sort of person that will ask where a friend's toolbox is so I can fix their broken door latch before I go home.
It's true, I sometimes forget to eat when working on a project, but is it really working when you love what you do?
I love working collaboratively in a team, sharing what I have learned with others, and learning new things from them.
I "fell" into teaching during my Graduate studies at CPIT after regularly helping my classmates with their work.
That led to peer support tutoring, assistant tutoring and, after graduation, being asked to stay on as a teacher. I enjoyed it so much I spent 13 years teaching part-time.
Over the years I have also spent 1000's of hours running a digital agency and freelancing, so I'm quite comfortable liaising with clients, managing projects from ideation through to delivery, and taking responsibility for my own, and others, productivity.
Design, of any kind, has always been a passion with me. I started doing small graphic design jobs while I was still in school, later spending over seven years as a freelance graphic designer before moving to web.
I've always been involved in some sort of design, even making little forays into interior, architectural and furniture design.
So, to me, UX is the ultimate job. I get to continually solve problems, and make things look good in the process.
I still do some print work whenever I get the the chance, so I'm fully competent not only in Photoshop and Illustrator, but also InDesign and Acrobat.
Use elegant UI design and effective UX methods to create responsive (mobile friendly), user centred websites and apps that have low bounce rates and high pages per visit and conversion rates.
Use Sketch, InVision and Axure to create wireframes and prototypes. Use Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to create posters, brochures, business cards and other print collateral.
Use effective SEO tactics to get my clients’ websites to the top of the first page in Google.
After all, what’s the point of building a great looking website if no-one will ever get to see it?
OK - I can’t do everything . . . yet.
But my love for problem solving and learning new things means I will learn whatever I need to in order to get the job done.
Bachelor of Arts: Multimedia Design & Application(1995)
Graduate Diploma in Design (Digital)(2002)
Certificate III in Adult Teaching(2003)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment(2005)
Bachelor of Training(in progress)
User Centred Design
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