I'm Alex, and I want to design stuff.
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Fresh off the university press, I am a young and enthusiastic digital designer. I want to work for a company where I can enjoy using my skills in user experience, web design, and layout.
I want my new role to challenge me to learn more, so I can develop myself as I develop my career.
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A digital guide to astronomy, Cosmic Atlas is an interactive, informative website.
Redesigning the web-based videoconferencing service Vscene.
A data visulisation project about one of my personal passions, music.
A project to create a 360° campaign encouraging a wide audience to adopt pets.
Cosmic Atlas is an interactive guide to astronomy.
It was born from my personal love of all things astronomical, and aims to inform the user of some of the subjects I find most fascinating about space.
The three sections offer real depth of knowledge, presented graphically.
Structure, navigation, and graphic design.
With Cosmic Atlas, I tried to subvert the expected visual style of a space website by using a wide pallette of strong colours.
Built from the ground up in HTML, CSS, and jQuery.
HTML structures the site, CSS styles it and provides animations. jQuery allows the page to respond to users' interactions.
In my year at Jisc Technologies, I was tasked with redesigning the user interface and experience of Jisc's videoconferencing service, Vscene. I also created the basis of a social network for Jisc's partner, Ajenta.
The constraints of working on Vscene were a double-edged sword: while working within a strict style guided my designs well, it was also very limiting in the design elements that I could use.
Making Ajenta Hub allowed me more freedom in the layout, though I think some more styling could really improve the images.
Designed with the user in mind.
Starting from the existing, poorly-optimised web pages, I tore each one up and laid it out again according to UI/UX principles.
Red routes and user flow.
The whole online experience was mapped out to better understand and recreate how the user got what they wanted from the site.
The Sound Waves of Music infographic visualises the popularity of different music genres throughout time.
Each bar shows how many songs from each genre made it into the top 5 of the Billboard singles chart for that year.
Finding my topic.
The idea for this data visualisation came from mind mapping everything that I've ever been interested in that could be displayed numerically.
I also considered sports, video game history, and Harry Potter, but once I'd hit upon the 'sound waves' display, it could only be music.
Showing the data effectively.
A wide range of colours on a neutral background allow for strong colour coding, and for the viewer's eye to follow the horizontal coloured bar for each genre.
I played with the idea of displaying individual subgenres on the chart, but rejected it for being needlessly detailed: simplicity and clarity was more important.
The aim of this project was to create a 360° campaign that encourages people to adopt pets. I made three posters, each featuring different animals to appeal to a wide audience.
These would be placed around public transport, vet surgeries, community centres, and retirement homes, to target adults with the means to support a pet.
With the audience in mind.
The posters use colour theory to convey the best parts of owning a pet: bright and natural for the outdoors side of owning a dog, warm and cozy for the cat.
For use anywhere.
Three different versions were made for each poster: portrait, landscape, and banner-size, to allow it to be used in any scenario.
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