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.
So, to me, UX is the ultimate job. I get to continually solve problems, and make things look good in the process.
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. And I regularly find myself trying to apply good UX principles in my everyday physical life.
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 lead to peer support tutoring, and later, assistant tutoring.
Then, when I graduated, CPIT asked me to stay on as a teacher. I enjoyed it so much I have been teaching part-time ever since.
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 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 design to create responsive (mobile friendly), user centred websites that have low bounce rates, high pages per visit rates and high conversion rates.
Use Sketch, InVision and Axure to 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 site if no-one will ever get to see it?
My familiarity with cPanel, WHM, WHMCS, Domain management and Apache means I can competently handle clients’ hosting needs; providing a completely integrated outcome for them.
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 & ApplicationMultimedia was a very different world in 1995. Photoshop and HTML were still in their infancy, but it was a time of fantastic new developments, exciting new horizons, and the promise of even greater things to come.
Graduate Diploma in Design (Digital)I took this course to update my skills in Web Design (something that was missing from the BA). But the course also covered a wide range of practical and theory subjects including 2D Animation, Pre-press, Art History, Advertising and Professional Practice.
Certificate III in Adult TeachingCPIT requested that I get this qualification so I could continue as a teacher after I completed my graduate studies there.
Certificate IV in Training and AssessmentI needed to upgrade to this qualification if I still wanted to continue teaching part-time after I moved to Australia. A good refresher course.
Bachelor of Training (in progress)Started this degree to improve my teaching skills. Hard work and not nearly as much fun as a multimedia degree but still worth it.
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