Mikey Allan Head of Design | The Dots
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Mikey Allan

Head of DesignBrighton, United Kingdom
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Mikey Allan

Head of DesignBrighton, United Kingdom
About me
I am a digital design leader with 15 years experience. Working with some of the world’s largest organisations like the BBC, Wellcome Collection, Penguin Random House, Kew Gardens and TUI Travel. I've help produce high quality and meaningful, user centred experiences. Management Process and workflow analysis • Resourcing • Roadmap creation • Proposals and presentations • Budgeting • Project prioritisation • Project planning • Mentoring and coaching • Team health (1-2-1s and Team-Contracting) • Team principles Design Illustration and UI graphics • Adobe CC & Sketch • Design strategy and vision • User flows • Concept sketching • Wireframes and mockups • Styleguide and pattern libraries • Data analysis • Personas • Content prioritisation • Journey & empathy mapping • Competitor analysis • Heuristic and expert reviews Development HTML • CSS (SASS) • PHP • Prototyping (HTML, Adobe XD Invision, Axure) Collaboration Design and facilitating workshops • Design critique • Working Agile • Project team building My passion, skills and experience are in the creative process but my strengths are in people. I place my time and effort in the team. Focus on their growth and development and ensure they have the space not only to create great work, but more importantly, to enjoy it.
Work history
    Head OF DesignBrandwatch
    Brighton, United KingdomFull Time
    I am responsible for the Brandwatch brand. One of my key projects was to gather up all elements of the existing brand, consolidate them and set the direction for a new set of guidelines. I oversaw a project to define our tone of voice and use that to drive the visual design elements which crossed digital, print and global conference design. As product owner for the website, I am responsible for the team, it’s strategy, process and roadmap. I ensure that our projects are aligned with the business and marketing goals, while maintaining high quality user centred design and development. We run most of our projects in 2 week agile sprints, pulling together the required skillset and working as a collaborative unit for the duration of the project. With tight design resource on the team I carry out UX and UI roles on most projects along side my other responsibilities. Collaborating with research and users to design data driven solutions. I create journeys, wireframes and live prototypes in HTML and CSS for testing on our user base and moving the design forward. I have 10 direct reports split across design and development teams and also manage our freelance resource across a variety of projects.
Skills
  • UI Design
  • Html CSS
  • Brand Development
  • Management
  • Design Strategy
  • Product Design
  • Product Strategy
  • Design Leadership
  • Digital Prototyping
Education
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    2:1 Bsc Digital Media DevelopmenThe University of Brighton
    Brighton, United Kingdom
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    Art and Design Foundation (MERIT)Berkshire College of Art and Design
     - Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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