In mid 2019 my contract with NAB was up for renewal, and though it was a risk, I chose to take a step back from the digital world to focus on my ceramic arts practice. Since then, I feel a greater connection to my making process, and an appreciation for creating things with my hands which I've since passed along to personal digital works.
My recent roles have been dedicated to creating consistency and working towards design / development parity. This has involved the mammoth task of uphauling an existing set of design patterns and moving to componentry, as well as creating a design system from nothing. For future roles, I'm most interested in these kinds of challenges - there's nothing more satisfying than building the systems in which both creative and technical teams can shine.
I have a tremendous passion for creating products accessible to all. From ensuring colourblind users can see buttons, to reducing stress for those with mobility impairments, and I'm particularly passionate about plain speaking and clear instructions for users with cognitive difficulties. If I'm creating a design system, I ensure that all components, colours, sizes and shapes are AA accessible from the get-go.
Design Lead (Consultant)
National Australia Bank
Nov 2018 - Jun 2019
In this role I was responsible for the direction and creation of a new design system for nab.com.au (development work yet to be released).
This involved leading a small team of designers, as well as leveraging relationships across a plethora of business initiatives, to fight for the unification of design languages across nab. The outcome of my work throughout the business included the development of a living style guide, with code as the source of truth.
My day to day involved a heavy mix of hands on design work, stakeholder management, and process innovation - particularly in terms of software and developer handover advances.
User Interface Designer
Arq Group (formerly Outware Mobile)
Mar 2016 - Nov 2018
Outware was an excellent start to my career as a UI designer. With the opportunity to work on the most impactful applications in the country, I learned to craft intuitive user experiences from initial workshops, to designs and development - all the while working alongside a dedicated agile team. I also developed key soft-skills through working offsite with the client and their internal teams - most notably Mastercard, Transurban, Peoplecare, Suncorp, Coles, ANZ and NAB.
Graphic Design Intern
Cato Brand Partners
Jan 2015 - Jun 2015
Print, digital and wayfinding design for Melbourne Design Week 2015.
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
Digital Graphic Designer
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Bachelor of Communication Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Diploma of Commercial Arts
Commercial Arts Training College
Team Building Battle Royale
JS / CSS / HTML + an annoying design
An idea created in one night, and added to whenever I think of a new item for the arrays. I've used it as a team building exercise, and also as something fun to freshen everyone up after a long week of hard design. You can play however you like, but I tend to do either quick battles (everyone gets 5 minutes to Sketch their idea, then displays to the group), or week's long hi-fidelity challenges.
Street-art Scavenger Hunt
What started as a joke has quickly gotten out of hand.
Photos left behind
A large collection of found and salvaged film photos (most slides) - which I'm slowly scanning, restoring, and uploading. All items are sourced from Australia and feature scientific or industrial subject matter.
A personal archiving project, when my dad went to sell his large collection of old science fiction novels - some he'd had since he was a kid - I hurried to photograph every single cover. Sadly, I did a very bad job of this (iPhone 4 and terrible lamp anyone?) so for a few years I've been gradually editing and posting the covers.