Senior Product Designer, Toronto, Canada
I was always creative as a kid but didn’t actually pursue a creative career right out of school. After school I spent 2 1/2 years studying marketing and did some odd freelance design jobs to earn some money. After a while I realized I preferred design and decided to go all in on it. I dropped marketing and went to design school in Dublin before moving to London for a year to study there. While in London I started doing small jobs for local businesses with a friend that eventually led to some web design work using Adobe Dreamweaver (old school I know). Through this I discovered my love for designing for the web and this opened up so many opportunities for learning Interaction Design, UX, Business Strategy etc. When I moved back to Dublin in 2014 I landed a role at startup called Soundwave working on their iOS and Android apps. I learned a lot about Product Design there. Since then I've worked across multiple industries including Travel, Advertising and Fin-Tech. I'm now a member of Shortcut's growing design team and love working here!
I’m not much of a morning person so usually wake up around 8:30 and make coffee or walk to a local coffee shop to pick some up. I get back to my desk around 9am and start the day light by catching up on Slack messages, emails and any comments I have to respond to in Shortcut. After that it's usually meetings and design work for the rest of the day. Sometimes I take a screen break and go an a mid afternoon walk to get some fresh air.
In my spare time I like playing football (soccer in North America 😄). I play competitively twice per week which is great because I’m not much of a gym person so it gives me good exercise and there’s a social element to it too, which is nice. I also like to play video games, go for dinner and drinks with friends, catch the odd movie and I like looking for restaurants where I can try new foods. Toronto is a great city for that because it’s so multicultural. You can find a dish from pretty much anywhere in the world! I also love travelling and exploring new places and bringing a camera with me. Hopefully I’ll get more of a chance to do that when the pandemic is over.
I generally keep my desk pretty tidy. This is what happened to be on it when I took the photo.
I don’t have a specific genre of music I listen to. I could go from listening to 90s hip-hop to electronic to pop in the space of a few minutes. I have no idea why that is, I just never found myself drawn to one specific genre over another. If it’s a good song, it’s a good song in my opinion.
A random selection of songs I had to pick quickly that aren't terrible.
The War On Drugs
Somebody Told Me
Have A Nice Day
The War On Drugs
Probably an owl. I’m not much of a morning person and definitely function better as the day goes on. I also tend to stay up late most nights (probably explains not being a morning person).
Hi there, I'm a Senior Product Designer for the Design System at Shortcut on the UXP Team. I work remotely from San Francisco, California.
Hey, I'm Head of Product Insights based in New York City. I've worked at Shortcut since February, 2021 and love the team, as well as the organization's mission!