WHO AM I?
Designer, product professional, amateur runner and budding sneakerhead. I get joy out of solving problems that help humans create positive habits and reach their life goals. I also make a mean Tonkotsu.
Initially starting out as a graphic designer some fifteen years ago, my love for tech and Social Sciences meant I quickly drifted towards UX and Product Design.
I spend my time leading Design and Product teams, gleefully balancing company objectives, Product Vision, and ensuring the development and growth of my colleagues.
How We Learn
by Benedict Carey
The Infinite Monkey Cage
A BBC podcast about science
A book summerising app
I realised design was a possible career by around age 15 after a summer spent messing about on Photoshop and Freehand. I was attracted to both Design and Social Sciences and decided to read for a degree in Communications from the University of Malta (focusing on Visual Communications) with Psychology as my secondary area.
First, I was a graphic designer
Then I did something silly
By 2009 I was eager for a new adventure and in the midst of a global recession, I moved to Edinburgh. With full-time posts hard to come by, I became self-employed and evolved into a dependable and in-demand freelancer. I also started to switch my focus increasingly towards digital design.
Then I did something smart
I got a Masters degree in Design from the Edinburgh College of Art - University of Edinburgh! I had become increasingly passionate about User-centric Design and intrigued by User Research Methodologies, I combined that with my desire to get a post-grad degree and got an MA in Design focusing on UX, graduating in 2012.
Then London called
Keen to sample agency life once more, I joined Whippet as their go-to-guy for anything digital whilst also working on Advertising campaigns and Service Design. I collaborated directly with clients such as Tesco, Cadbury's, Coles in Australia and Target in the USA.
It was at around this time I created a Tube Map of Malta, which made some waves for a bit.
Then I took my biggest risk yet
In 2014, after just putting down a deposit on a flat and months away from getting married, I joined Lingvist as their first in-house Designer. Still a small-start-up at the time, Lingvist quickly grew and I with it. Over half a decade later I lead the Design chapter, manage Product squads and processes whilst also being a member of the executive team.