My name is Joshua Spencer and I'm a designer that can also code. 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. During the time on campus time I was scouted by the design team at News Corp. Where today, I work for the Times of London, developing exciting products that can bring news and world affairs to the future generations.Locked Pro Plan feature
Working in a fast paced editorial environment with very tight deadlines (sometimes 24 hour projects). Bringing valuable technological design methods to print, digital and experimental news products.
At thinker/doer I was tasked with various creative duties but mainly assisted in the building of their new online exerpience , from sketching out the user interface & experience for the site to the development of mock ups made with the Adobe Creative Suite, Quartz and InVision. Once designed we would then communicate over the specifications to the build team in California.
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. 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.
I led the redesign and community development process of ShedWeb. The largest supporter base of rugby fans online.
Achieved a grade within the top 5% bracket. Attended Goldsmiths, University of London where I am expanded my knowledge into new areas of design and approached my methods from different disciplines of design and psychology. The school is also rated the most creative design course in the United Kingdom.
Earned a double distinction star diploma.