About me

Over 7 years experience working as a UI developer

I'm a UI developer with over 7 years of experience in UI design & front-end development. I'm currently working within a small UX team at NHS Education for Scotland with the focus on improving the user experience across NES's corporate sites and Turas applications.

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UI developer / Current

Developing accessible websites and applications

Currently, I’m working to continually improve the user experience on Turas at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Turas is NES’s single unified digital platform for health and social care professionals providing access to all their NES applications via a single secure sign-on.

Turas has tens of thousands of users from all different parts of the globe so getting the UX right is extremely important. My initial role was to help redesign the full platform making it accessible to AA standards. I began by creating a brand new style guide with a new accessible colour scheme, typeface and layout. I focussed on keeping the application modern and responsive while still looking professional and easy to navigate.

Turas is a platform that hosts a variety of applications, each with its own user needs. I took all of this into consideration when creating wireframes for each app and made sure to carry out sufficient user testing when new components and pages were introduced.

The style guide is still under development at the moment and we’re always updating it with more useful guidance. 

You can view the work so far at the link below:
https://uistyleguide.nes.digital/

UI designer / 2015 - 2016

Designing beautiful user interfaces

My role as UI designer was simply to create user interfaces for NES's corporate websites. It was also where I began to design the foundations of the Turas style guide. 

During my time in this role, I created multiple websites including NES's Intranet and main corporate site. I created all of my designs using Sketch. I also learned a lot more about UX design including how to create wireframes and personas that would then be used to help build more complex applications. 

Modern apprentice / 2014 - 2015

Designing beautiful user interfaces

I joined NES as a modern apprentice back in 2014 after gaining an HND in Interactive Media. During my time as an apprentice I took on many roles. I used to create illustrations and icons for eLearning modules as well as creating multiple flyers and other promotional materials that were then used in doctor surgeries and hospitals.

My favourite role as an apprentice was to design beautiful modern websites. I was given the opportunity to help redesign an existing website which was a success and grabbed the attention of some colleagues from the NES Digital team.

Near the end of my apprenticeship, I was asked to join a newly forming UX Team (part of NES Digital) to help with creating wireframes, personas and take part in user testing which I gladly accepted. This is when I started to learn all about UX and from then was hooked.