I haven’t, and I have, been a UX designer my whole life. Let me explain. Since the age of 16, I have worked with people in various capacities. It is this grounding and my natural ability to always view a product or service from a user’s perspective that has led me to the career I have today. A role that defines who I am and a role that I absolutely adore.
I’ve been travelling. Not only to other countries, but in life too. I’ve travelled and worked in the USA at summer camps. I emigrated to Sweden from Scotland 13 years ago and I am the proud father of two boys. Where I have been and who I have share my life with with has changed from time to time.
What has been constant, in a way that I like to look at it, has been my working life. Working with people, caring for people, managing services for people and educating people. I believe it is this experience that has helped shaped me and find my true vocation in life. It is simply, designing experiences for people.
I’ve gained invaluable experience over the last few years. As a consultant, I have worked with many different industries such as education, telecoms, retail & consumer products, farming and security. Each one has helped me to think differently and enlightened me about the world. These experiences have helped to feed my curiosity, use my empathic ability and quite simply, learn.
I long to work with a brand that I can truly be a partner and go on a longer journey. I want to work long term on products that I can help to shape and define. Get down to the fine, fine details. The ones that can make a difference.
I’m open to suggestion to what that role may be. I am called a user experience designer today which of course encompasses many different skills and disciplines. I could see myself being called a product designer, service designer or still a UX designer. What’s vital is the chance to work with one brand or one product for a significant length of time.
In just a few days, I will start this new chapter. I will be Senior User Experience Designer at Magine TV. My plan, is to redefine TV over the next few years. Wish me luck!