Senior User Experience Designer / UX Lead @ Google
BTEC in Computer Studies @
Blackpool & The Fylde College
Senior User Experience Designer and forever design and technology geek, I have been designing interfaces for screens/devices for 20 years. From designing and building applications in Pascal & Cobol in the early 90’s to a 1st Class BA in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Staffordshire in 2001. I’ve worked for a number of world renowned technology
Senior User Experience Designer and forever design and technology geek, I have been designing interfaces for screens/devices for 20 years. From designing and building applications in Pascal & Cobol in the early 90’s to a 1st Class BA in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Staffordshire in 2001. I’ve worked for a number of world renowned technology and media organisations throughout my career, designing and producing high quality products with a multitude of design skills.
I am lucky to have both a classic design and technical background, which combined perfectly for my bachelor of arts degree. Throughout my career this has helped me drive products through the many stages between concept and delivery.
Expertise and a common sense approach to the disciplines of Interaction Design, User-centred Design, Usability, Visual Design & Branding, including the ability to produce badly coded prototypes that kind-of work. :) I thrive in fun, flexible, relaxed atmospheres which allow me to solve design problems within busy, technically-oriented design environments, I like to think I have a half decent sense of humor with most of my jokes receiving 82% approval rate from former colleagues.
Senior User Experience Designer @ As Lead UX for multiple projects I’ve worked in a number of focus areas including: Enterprise (Google Apps), Ads (Google AdSense), Commerce (Google Offers), Maps (Google Maps for Mobile), Social (Google+ Local), Emerging Markets, Privacy and Search Ad Formats. I have facilitated many workshops and design sprints across the world, whilst working closely with UX researchers, Product Management and Engineering teams to design and deliver world class products and features. From August 2007 to Present (8 years 5 months) London, United KingdomInteraction Designer @ I worked on a couple of projects at Skype focusing on ecommerce and payment interfaces on both the Skype website and within the Skype client for Microsoft Windows. I produced various ideas in the form of sketches, wireframes and high fidelity visual designs to simplify the purchase of hardware and Skype credit. During my time here I also began designing some parts of the Skype application for devices. From March 2007 to August 2007 (6 months) London, United KingdomInteractive Designer @ During my short time at the BBC I worked on a number of projects for Radio 1, 2 and Five Live. I lead the interaction and visual design of the Five Live website during the 2006 World Cup campaign. I ran a number of user studies on features and products for Radio 2, suggested and implemented improvements. As well as supporting, I constantly pushed the boundaries of BBC processes and design standards to deliver innovative solutions. From October 2005 to March 2006 (6 months) London, United KingdomAdvertising Technology Executive @ As a part of the Ad Technology team I took responsibility for the user experience of rich-media advertising, both on UK, European homepages and throughout the Yahoo websites. This included advising on and upholding usability requirements with clients and the implementation of campaigns using various technologies. I delivered creative solutions, advice and consultancy to both internal and external clients, producing concept designs and prototypes for potential campaigns. From September 2004 to October 2005 (1 year 2 months) London, United KingdomDigital Design Lead & Digital Product Manager @ During my time in Australia I led the digital media for Nova 96.9fm in Sydney. Again introducing User-centered Design practices to redesign the site for both user and business needs, also handling most of the technical implementation. Essentially an extension to the work I'd done at Virgin in the UK. From March 2003 to March 2004 (1 year 1 month) Sydney, AustraliaDigital Design Lead @ Led the major re-design of the companies website, introducing user research and testing sessions to create a design that answered user and business needs, standing for almost 4 years. Worked with external advertisers to create ground breaking cross-media campaigns. From August 2001 to October 2002 (1 year 3 months) London, United KingdomInteractive Designer @ I had far too much fun working for Chris Evan's Ginger Media Group on broadcast media websites, redesigning Virgin Radio's site entirely whilst trying to hang around the TFI Friday bar celeb' spotting as much as possible. From June 1999 to September 2000 (1 year 4 months) London, United KingdomPrint and Web Designer @ A graphic design education, taught by old masters. :) From September 1995 to August 1997 (2 years) Blackpool, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Interactive Multimedia, First Class @ Staffordshire University From 1997 to 2001 BTEC in Computer Studies, Merit @ Blackpool & The Fylde College From 1993 to 1995 Rick Farrell is skilled in: Digital Media, User Experience, User-centered Design, Typography, User Interface Design, Interaction Design, E-commerce, Graphic Design, Advertising, Composition, Visual Design, Android, iOS, Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop
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