Work with me
Interim design management
As companies mature, the role of design changes. Complexity multiplies. Inconsistencies creep into products and customer insight may seem disconnected, making it hard to know what will add value. As old processes break down, design teams sometimes struggle to scale and perform.
I offer interim design management to UK-based technology teams experiencing these transitions. Typically they have existing design teams between two and fifteen strong.
I’ll help improve design execution by assessing your team’s capabilities and performance, developing critique and signoff processes to make design work stronger and more coherent, and setting up user research programmes that put the customer at the heart of your decisions.
Having run teams at Twitter, uSwitch, and Karhoo, and mentored dozens of designers over many years, I know what designers need to grow, thrive, and ship great work. I’ll improve team health by establishing shared goals and a vision of what good design looks like, building a physical environment that suits design team needs, and focusing on career development.
Perhaps most importantly, I’ll help you meet your future design needs. I’ll help define the skills you’ll need for the months and years ahead, and help you build a team equal to the challenge. I’ll advise on headcount and structure, and ensure your job descriptions appeal to a diverse but appropriate set of candidates. I can help interview your applicants, and even help you find the right long-term design leader.
Design sprints and product discovery
In one intensive week of accelerated innovation, I can help you turn your product idea into a rich, validated prototype.
Adapted from Google Ventures’ model, the design sprint offers rapid and collaborative ideation, sketching, prototyping, and user testing.
You’ll learn not just valuable insight into the direction and viability of your product, but also a replicable, proven process for achieving product breakthroughs in compressed timescales.
My design sprints package offers initial consultation, the sprint itself (five consecutive days, delivered on-site), and a post-sprint review.
I can provide all stationery and consumables, and will also provide you a custom-made Keynote prototyping template to help you continue your rapid prototyping in future.
Digital product design
I also offer hands-on digital product design – including UX design, information architecture, interaction design, visual design, prototyping, and product management – across all major digital platforms, including iOS, Android, and web.
If you need a highly senior, versatile, and reliable designer able to hit aggressive goals with little supervision, I might be a good fit.
I’m particularly excited by projects that involve emerging technology (AI, wearables, conversational and voice/sound interfaces, TV apps), projects with positive social impact (designing machine morality, user safety and privacy), and the sport industry.
For hands-on product design work, I’m happy to work with teams anywhere in the world, either on-site¹ or remotely. I prefer short-term engagements of up to six weeks at a time. For longer engagements, ongoing part-time agreements such as advisory board or retainer-based relationships might suit.
Portfolio available on request.
I’m fortunate enough to have a global reputation in my field, and my fifteen years of experience makes me a senior member of the UK community. I’ve worked with a wide range of companies including:
Why not me?
I’ve also been around long enough to know what doesn’t suit.
I focus solely on projects that interest me and align with my ethical principles. Projects taken just for the money are never worth it for either side. FinTech, gambling, retail, and content-driven website projects aren’t for me. Experience has also taught me that early-stage startups tend not to be a good fit.
I know the methods and value of user research well, but I’m not a specialist researcher. I’ll be happy to help you kickstart a research programme, but I’m not the right person to run that research long-term.
My experience and reputation also mean I’m more expensive than my peers. If your project doesn’t need my level of seniority, I may be able to connect you with someone who will do an excellent job cheaper than I can.
¹ Subject to visa issues, of course. I hold a UK passport.
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