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James, Edinburgh

UX Designer

No one day the same

I’m quite lucky that it’s hard to describe an ‘average’ working day at Scott Logic. One week, my time can be spent primarily on my laptop designing visual assets and interactive prototypes. The next could be heavily research-based, learning about a client’s users and their current needs. I’m lucky enough to be involved in projects from their initial exploration through to development and even deployment.

One of the great things about working at Scott Logic is the diversity of projects. Our client base varies greatly and there’s no one process that fits all when it comes to their UX needs, every project requiring a bespoke strategy. I‘ve improved as a UX Designer by observing how each team member fluidly changes their process to achieve those mutual goals.

My favourite technique, especially when communicating my ideas to stakeholders, is quickly mocking together an interactive prototype. Instead of showing individual screens one after another, a prototype the client can get their hands on can convey much more about the project direction and give the opportunity for meaningful feedback in a shorter amount of time.

Opportunities

I originally studied Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where I focused on combining the three areas: people, design and technology. Throughout my time studying it was always the people element, or the users that excited me most, and this often took centre stage in my projects. UX Design offers me the opportunity to continue creating solutions focused on people’s needs, while developing the skills needed to have a successful digital career.

At Scott Logic I’ve progressed from a graduate who typically spent most of their time in a workshop creating physical prototypes, to a UX Designer who is comfortable designing digital solutions to meet client’s needs. That was made possible by the people I work alongside every day answering my questions, sacrificing their time and taking an interest in my development. I enjoy knowing that when I come to work there are people willing to help each other whenever possible.

I’d recommend that anybody looking to work in UX at Scott Logic has taken the time to bring together their previous experience (university or professional) into a portfolio that really conveys how important the user is to them and how those users will interact with their designs.

 

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