Sebastian Swainsbury

UX Designer/Consultant

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  • LocationEpsom, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am a UX Designer/consultant with a passion for creating and being in the thick of the design process, with over eleven years experience as a Senior Retoucher and Visualiser, at many top Ad Agencies, and three months industry experience as a UX Consultant. I am ready for a new challenge, where I can build upon my creative skills and experiences. My passion is for creating exciting and intuitive content that users can engage with and be inspired by, influenced heavily by the visual journey. I am looking to join a team full-time in a collaborative and agile environment and be at the core of the UX process.

Skills

 

  • Photoshop
  • UX Design
  • Sketch
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Sketching and Drawing
  • High end Retouching
  • Design Studio
  • Facilitating Workshops
  • Axure RP Pro
  • UX Website Analysis
  • Research and Analytics
  • Sketching and Sketchnoting
  • User and Stakeholder Interviews
  • Google Analytics and Treejack Testing
  • Lean and Agile UX

Work history

Currently

UX Designer & Consultant

Currently Seeking Opportunites

Jul 2016
  • I am a UX Designer/consultant with a passion for creating and being in the thick of the design process, with over eleven years experience as a Senior Retoucher and Visualiser, at many top Ad Agencies, and three months industry experience as a UX Consultant. I am ready for a new challenge, where I can build upon my creative skills and experiences. My passion is for creating exciting and intuitive content that users can engage with and be inspired by, influenced heavily by the visual journey. I am looking to join a team full-time in a collaborative and agile environment and be at the core of the UX process.

2016

UX Consultant

Precedent

Mar 2016 - Jul 2016
  • I have recently completed a 3 month contract as a UX consultant at Precedent, in the heart of Shoreditch. I loved the vibe of the area, beards-and-all! I worked on a number of strategy and implementation projects, helping membership organisations discover who their members are, their user needs and working out how best to solve them. The end goal was to find the best solutions and create a future-state model for their websites, including quick-wins in the short term, and long term strategy. Client projects I worked on were Sussex University, UCL, Cass Business School, Cardiff University, and CFA. I have also been involved in some brainstorming sessions for pitch work. I ran numerous user workshops, completed high level research with Google Analytics, TreeJack reporting, and completed in-depth UX website analysis. Within a team I held stakeholder interviews, ranging from student’s to top management, created client presentations, fed into high level reports and presented to clients. I have also been fortunate to create wireframes, working modularly and responsively in Axure, working side-by-side with IA Designers and developers.

2015

Freelance Seinor Retoucher & Visualiser

Arakin Retoucher Visualiser

Jan 2003 - Oct 2015
  • At the peak of my retouching career I have been fortunate enough to work in advertising agencies of all sizes, from under 10 people, like Projection Artworks and The One Off to the titans of the ad-agencies such as Design Bridge, Inferno, G2 Joshua, Grey London, The Brand Union, RPM and The Body Shop. Throughout this period I worked on many amazing top-end advertising campaigns that spanned billboards, bus stops and all varieties of packaging. I have particularly enjoyed working on campaigns for Diageo, Sky Sports, M&S, and Peugeot, but loved the challenges set by brands such as Ben and Jerry’s, M&S and Lipton Tea. I have really enjoyed working in teams of all sizes, with specialists from all stages of the design and production process, which has prepared me well for the lean-UX environment I want to thrive within. For more detail and this period broken down into period of work, please see my LinkedIn profile at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sebastian-swainsbury

Education

2015

User Experience Design Immersive

General Assembly

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
  • Graduate of the three-month User Experience Design Immersive course at GA, learning core skills that make up the entire UX process, which included five projects that concentrated on lean and agile principles. The final two projects were group projects, one of which I led the design studio at the BBC Television Centre, whilst the other I was ‘team facilitator’. Each project went through various levels of usability testing, multiple iterations, paper prototypes and wireframes, before a final digital prototype was presented to peers and industry experts for feedback. Project 5: Working within a small agile team, we conducted rapid research and design processes to re-design the Karisma Kidz website, to fully champion the pending launch of the App, and its key features to parents, which was previously lacking. Case study: http://www.arakinux.com/karisma-kidz Project 1 & 4 – A concept app “Mums Meet.” I created an interactive prototype mobile app that solved a specific problem for a user to answer their needs, before further developing pages into a high fidelity wireframe. Case Study: http://www.arakinux.com/mums-meet Project 3: Group concept project for Etsy. Our task was to “create a feature that allows customers to post a product request and receive a quote from registered sellers”. We researched Etsy’s market position, looking at the loyal customer base and addressed their needs, which was to bring Etsy back to its roots and core message, and in doing so drive future growth. Case Study: http://www.arakinux.com/etsy Project 2: A concept micro-site for Waitrose, “where customers can view recipes, select them and populate baskets with their ingredients”. Creating a low fidelity, interactive modular ‘paper prototype’ was essential for user testing, rapid iterations and design development. Case Study: http://www.arakinux.com/waitrose

Awards

2016

Winner of NHS Navigation Hackathon

  • I was fortunate enough to join a multi-skilled team of nine, with notable role as team facilitator. With four medical experts from GPs, NHS Specialists and Charity experts, two developers and a fellow UX designer we were able to bring to life a concept called 'GP for Me'. Our groups task was to create an App to help migrants find and register with their local GP. The user focused solution and prototype was available for multiple languages, both coded and also made into a fully clickable prototype, with no bias to political influences. For this, and creating a product that could be developed the panel of 8 multi-disciplined experts found our group to solve the problem set to us in the most direct way, addressing user needs, and without scope creep. The App is now in development http://www.arakinux.com/gp-for-me