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My name is Joshua Spencer and i'm a designer. Born and bred on the Essex coastline I grew up on a steady stream of lego and Star Wars marathons. I grew up around a Father who was a hardcore backend coder and who taught me everything I know today from coding, design, management and the development process. At the age of 18, I moved from my small island community to the big city of London to study a degree in Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a student of Goldsmiths I undertook projects both inside and outside university that have developed my understanding and methods on how to conceptualise my ideas into tangible designs. Not only has my Father and Goldsmiths taught me but I also self taught myself how to code and how to design brands to user interactions and experiences.Locked Pro Plan feature
In the summer of 2016. I began work at a design agency which specialised in branding and communications for the medical and scientific communities. While working there, Thinker/Doer showed me how to present and work with people who outrank you and see you as a nobody, they taught me new skills in strategy and the management of large teams from coders to photographers. I feel that by putting me in the deep end by giving me real projects with real value to each client gave me the experience that I needed to survive in this industry. I was given the task of leading the redevelopment of the ageing Thinker/Doer website which began to fall behind competitors and its own portfolio. Over the next 10 weeks, the team and I developed a wireframe, layout, colour scheme, typographies, images and a whole new user experience. During my time at the company, I learned new skills and methods in web development, user interface and graphic design. I was given a insightful course from my more experienced colleagues in how the design process works. But the biggest skill I developed was in coordinating teams of software developers, designers and photographers in order to achieve the clients goal.
In 2016, myself and a group of other design students from Goldsmiths College, University of London embarked on re designing what is a mental therapy session. Not only was we given a fantastic brief but also given the chance to redefine a new strategy for Mind UK, the UK's most respected mental health charity. Working with Mind UK, we developed new design tools to destigmatise and normalise the idea of taking therapy sessions.
Early on in 2016, I was contacted by a member of Frontline Strategies to design a brand. The brand was for a potential congressional candidate in the upcoming United States Congressional Election. The candidate was known as 'GG Galloway'. I worked as a designer and strategist in the early footsteps of the campaign. I developed a possible brand for the race and set out an outline on how the campaign should approach voters in key red districts but most importantly how to approach voters in blue districts.
Rated the most creative design course in the United Kingdom.
Earned a double distinction star diploma.