UX, UI, Interaction Designer
What's up, I'm Harley! I'm a UX/UI/Interaction Designer & Front-end Developer based in Sydney. I've got over eight years experience in design and development with startups, agencies & small businesses. After running Mayte whilst traveling 'round the world, I'm ready to join an epic team and create some awesome shit.
Aside from UX, Sketch and AngularJS, I love surfing, cooking & other languages (French, Spanish and Swedish to be precise). I also co-authored a book on WordPress Design for Envato when I was 15.
Launching my first agency, I work for several clients on a retainer on a large mix of things – UX consulting, Visual Design, and building websites for small businesses. Flagship client, health.com.au – Australia’s newest health fund.
I wore several hats at Marketing Partners, from UX Designer creating meaningful experiences for clients’ customers, creating beautiful UIs & brands, developing highly functional & responsive interfaces and designing both digital and print material for campaigns. All our clients were startups.
I was hired at Sitepoint to maintain their large selection of WordPress websites, as well as design and build new ones. We eventually consolidated the network into one website, which I also was key in during the design phase. I also worked on several internal products working closely with the CEO and Director on a handful of projects.
My first selection of gigs and work were a range of small businesses, who needed websites to boost their online presence. I designed, built, launched and maintained them.
I ran several workshops at General Assemlby, teaching people how to create highly interactive and fast web-apps using AngularJS.
I was WPMUDev’s in-house WordPress Expert, writing tutorials, articles and reviews of all things WordPress.
As well as co-authoring a book on WordPress design with Envato CEO Collis Ta’eed, I also wrote monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) tutorials for their popular Nettuts+.
I presented at several WordCamps in Australia and New Zealand, showing the attendees awesome WordPress tricks.
Below is a small selection of my best work. Despite having worked for eight years, my most recent work best represents my skills and knowledge. More work can be provided on request.
I researched, designed and built health’s 2015 website including several features that required excellent UX in order to acquire and retain customers. The site boosted their mobile signup by over 600%, and their Net Happiness Score is up over 35%.Read Case Study
The satorial fashion blog approached me to redesign their website, addressing several user needs and to reinvigorate their brand. User research and testing was done to ensure the site was optimised for the audience.Visit site
The social media agency Quiip approached Mayte to get their ageing website redesigned, and address several business goals the previous was lacking.Visit site
I took the General Assemlby User Experience Design course to supplement my existing UX knowledge, skills and experience. I learnt a wider UX process, user research and testing methods, and how to apply the results to products.
Since 2005 my passion for web design and development has driven my learning. I have taught myself several coding languages covering many frameworks. I am always self-improving and staying up to date with the latest and greatest. I use a variety of online courses, sites, tutorials, books and blogs to keep my knowledge fresh, new and full.
At TAFE we were taught the ins and outs of a variety of design software including Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Although I was already proficient in PS/Illustrator, learning about the design process was invaluable.
My body of work in Visual Arts won me a scholarship to a digital art course, which was fantastic to use tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator for a purely artistic purpose instead of designing for the user.
At highschool I studied Design & Technology, Visual Arts, French, Spanish and English. I loved my languages, and am fluent in French with intermediate Spanish. My photographic body of work for Visual Arts was selected from the top 1% of NSW to be showcased in the National Art Gallery of NSW, and have since sold several prints of my work.