Rhiannon Barrington

UX Researcher

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About me

I am a researcher. I am obsessed with understanding, learning, reviewing and drawing conclusions from what I’ve learnt. I am now tackling problems in the field of User Experience (UX). As humans, we interact with many products and services throughout our day to day lives. Some we love, some we hate. Very often this is determined by how effectively the product understands and meets our needs. I want to make sure that the products we engage with engage us. In order to make sure products are designed for our interactions, I explore many aspects underlying the design. You’ll often find me working on: defining problems, ethnographic research, user journeys, developing testable prototypes, conducting usability testing, along with many other methods that work with users to find the best solutions for their needs.

Skills

  • UX Research
  • User Research
  • Usability Testing
  • Usability Evaluation
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Eye Tracking
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • User Experience
  • Data Analysis
  • Public Speaking

Work history

Currently

User Researcher

Ever & Ever

Aug 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As a UX Researcher I work upon transforming and developing products that meet and surpass users needs. Such work depends greatly on the product or service but often includes: •UX strategy •Competitor analysis •Information architecture •User insights and interviews •User journeys •Wireframing •Interactive prototyping •User testing •Iterative product design

Currently

Researcher

Bournemouth University

Sep 2013
  • Full Time
  • I worked at Bournemouth University as a PhD Researcher in Cognitive Psychology. My PhD investigates the eye movement behaviour of readers with dyslexia in order to develop our understanding of theoretical accounts of dyslexia. More specifically, I use eye tracking technology to examine attentional allocation during foveal and parafoveal processing of both children and adults during sentence reading. My PhD is supervised by Dr. Julie Kirkby and Prof. Simon Liversedge. During my PhD I have: • Designed a series of experiments to address particular research questions • Collected the data using standardised tests and eye tracking equipment • Analysed the data and formed conclusions • Presented my work at local and international conferences To date I have presented my PhD research at both local and international conferences and workshops: - Experimental Psychological Society Conference (EPS; poster presentation) - European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM; oral presentation) - Psychonomic Society's Annual Meeting (poster presentation) - International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD; poster presentation) - Using Eye Movements to study Literacy Development Workshop (oral presentation) - Researcher Links Workshop: Improving Literacy, Understanding Reading Develop and Difficulties Across the Lifespan (oral presentation) Whilst completing my PhD I have also taught (lectures/workshops/seminars) and marked assignments for Psychology BSc. I have taught on the following topics: dyslexia, eye tracking, autism and experimental methods and statistical analysis (EMSA). In addition, I acted as a mentor for a number of research assistants, third year BSc students, and MSc students. During this time I helped supervise their projects, taught them to use the necessary equipment and tools required to collect their data and generally helped them in their development as researchers.

Education

Currently

PhD Cognitive Psychology

Bournemouth University

Sep 2013
  • My PhD uses eye-tracking technology to explore reading behaviour in children and adults with dyslexia. The aim is to extend our knowledge of attentional allocation during dyslexic reading in order to further inform theories of dyslexia.

2017

User Experience Design Immersive 3 Months Full-time

General Assembly

Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • UXDI is a 10 week full time course crafted by top practitioners within the UX industry. After deciding to transition from academia into the world of UX, I opted to get "immersed" into UX design. Therefore allowing me to make sure I am fully up to date with the techniques, tools, and methods used within the field of UX, as well as develop my visual design skills. The course covers the whole UX experience from defining the problem, conducting user research, iterative designs, wireframing and prototyping as well as working with teams and clients.

2013

MSc Lifespan Neuropsychology

Bournemouth University

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013