I’m Jules, a Senior Digital Designer. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the industries top award winning agencies and clients covering areas such as Fintech, Luxury, Fashion, Automotive, Smart Connected Products, FMCG, Ecommerce, Events, Kids, Games, AR and VR. I emerged from an art and coding environment. My main area of expertise is currently UI along with a blend of UX. Experience is conscious throughout the whole digital process.
My partner in crime Jim is a Visual Artist and Programmer, involved with interactive installations, expressive mobile apps, generative animation, music/sound visualisation and live performances. Jim has spoken and exhibited globally. You can find out more about his work here.
We’ve been working within digital for over 14 years and are based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
I have helped and advised small businesses by creating logos, branding, business cards, copy and responsive websites. I’ll work closely with you to create an easy to use website (I use Squarespace) and can also organise photo shoots (indoor and outdoor) for your product or service. Contact me for further enquiries.
What methods do I use for designing digital products?
I combine creativity, craft and user experience to produce high quality work for clients. Every brief and client is different, the methodology will differ and reflect this. The processes described below are just a glimpse. I’m happy to work with any task-management system and communication software for smooth collaboration on-site or remotely.
Working in teams
Over the years I have worked with talented individuals and cross-disciplinary teams to create the best possible solutions. From Clients and Directors to Developers or Interns, I work with everyone. Workshops are ideal spaces to share and collaborate ideas, a way of exploring curiosities, opening doors which lead to new opportunities.
Processes can differ depending on the project duration and phase. Workshops help establish core foundations and iterate overall strategies. This phase can involve scamping, defining, understanding user needs, prototyping, testing and continue refining and discovering new insights. Research and benchmarking can reveal effective patterns that work for similar models. Products should be fit for purpose. I love being involved in this part of the discovery phase.
Creative processes involve physical wall space to ideate, inspire, sketch and define visions. It’s also key to immerse ourselves within the brand and connected integrated campaigns/channels, and highlight features, functionalities and trends that may influence our thinking.
Sketch is my preferred choice of software for UI. Having an organised library of symbols and assets is imperative. I’ll also contribute towards interactions, transitions and motion. I animated in Flash many moons ago and I’m keen to continue integrating motion into digital design.
Fusing my career to UX/UI was an important step as I now have the advantage of controlling the experience and able to adapt wires and visuals without delay.
As a creative I would like to focus attention on the visual crafts. I’m always open to new ways of seeing and doing. As you’ve probably read here, I’m passionate about photography and the understanding of light, composition, framing, focus, subject, the environment, time; they all impact our visual perspective and I’d like to apply this thinking and resource to tell compelling stories on and offline. I am expanding this area on a daily basis along with old school graphic design principles.
I’m currently studying towards a Diploma in Photography at the British Academy of Photography. I gained an MA Digital Practices, Hyperfictions at the University of Hertfordshire in 2004, with Distinction. And in 2000, I studied BA HONS Art & Design with Marketing Communications @ University of Northampton.
Ideation, Wireframes, Flows, Storyboards,
Prototyping, Guerrilla Usability Testing,
Specifications / Documentation
Concept, Interaction, Responsive Web Design,
Native & Web Apps, Prototyping, Iconography,
Production, EDM, Social Media, Style Guides
Art Direction, Graphics, Art,
Visualisations, Branding, Logo Design,
Photography (Studio, Outdoor,
09/2009 - 02/2018
DIGITAL DESIGNER, JAMES ALLIBAN LTD.
Designed Konstruct (brand and UI), an AR sound reactive app using String for iPhone, made by James Alliban. Allows you to build virtual sculptures. Used in schools around the world to teach kids about art and technology. Exhibited globally in London, US, Australia, Colombia, Northern Ireland and Beijing, China. Downloads of 20,000+.
Designed Composite (brand and UI) for iPad, made by James Alliban. Allows you to create artistic compositions using the front and back facing cameras. App ported over to WP7 and Surface with funding from Microsoft. Global downloads of over 7,800.
Awards: Both apps won FWA Mobile App of the Day.
Mentions: CreativeApplications: Best iPhone & iPad Projects of 2011; Wired Beyond the Beyond. Extensive media coverage and online reviews.
09/2010 - 11/2012
SENIOR DIGITAL DESIGNER, LBI LONDON
Lead designer, Lloyds TSB Public Site Redesign. Working in Agile. AAA compliance. User testing to extremely tight deadlines. Worked across several LTSB, Halifax and Bank of Scotland web and mobile projects. LBi Mobile Accelerator, team member producing mobile applications for Android and iOS, extensive and iterative UI/UX and interactions for games, responsive design and prototyping.
Awards for Lloyds: Silver in Digital Impact Awards 2012: Best Use of Digital in the Financial Sector.
12/2012 - Current
Freelance Senior Digital Designer, J Alliban Ltd.
09/2009 - 02/2018
Senior Digital Designer, James Alliban Ltd.
09/2010 - 11/2012
Senior Digital Designer, LBi London.
02/2008 - 03/2010
Digital Designer, Proximity-London.
03/2010 - 08/2010
Digital Designer, Ogilvy-Action.
03/2005 - 02/2008
Interactive Designer, Kugel, London.
01/2005 - 09/2006
Module Leader, University of Hertfordshire.
Full a full CV or PDF of work, please get in touch.
Vivid Sydney (various UX/UI), Gruffalo (Magic Light, Forestry Commission), Beyond Twenty Ltd (Ayr), BBC Civilisations AR App, Google/Snapchat Geofilters, BT B2C Website, HSBC Wealth Tool, O2 Consumer Website, Unilever (Dove), P&G (Various brands), Grolsch Responsive Website, Foot Locker Digital Catalogue, Jaguar Fearless Campaign, All-New Range Rover Sport, Barclays Intranet, Lloyds Public Site Redesign, Halifax Mobile Banking, Bupa, GSK, Coca Cola, M&S, Patek Philippe, Kelloggs, + many more.
Nightjar, Nexus Interactive Arts, Beyond Twenty Ltd, Sapient, Mr President, Proximity-London, LBi, Ogilvy-Action, Razorfish, Leagas Delaney, Fjord, AKQA, We Are Social, Imagination, Tribal DDB, SomeOne/Else, + many more.
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My photography spans over a decade and I’ve loved capturing landscapes and the environment. The originality of form in nature and shapes in architecture are key areas. Detailing the raw texture and ageing surfaces, against the pure, polar extremes of polished finishings, natural and man-made, new vs old. Follow my blog to get updates on upcoming projects, designs and prints.