Engaging users to do useful things. And cool things.
Thanks for checking out the portfolio of Sydney based UX Designer, Tim Van Martin.
Currently, I am Lead UX at Naamtech. We are working on some really exciting projects!
Having focused my design career on learning about digital solutions, I have helped clients achieve their goals through native mobile applications (iPhone and Android), responsive websites, microsites, eDetailers, eBooks, eCommerce sites, intranets, EDMs, Digital POS, ad banners, pre-rolls, mobile games, augmented reality, motion graphics, branding and illustration.
Collaborating with other tech experts has been invaluable, but I have also enjoyed working autonomously on many projects from ideation right through to production.
I design for the user first, and we are lucky to live in a time when that is championed so much. Really, it means keeping your designs clutter free and simple, and mapping out a clear (and enjoyable) journey for the user to fulfil a need they have whilst symbiotically fulfilling the businesses' needs.
Research is essential, learning about the technological underpinnings of the project helps guide the design process. Researching users is also essential, and getting those users to test the product is too.
Yes, I am a unicorn (of sorts)
Working in smaller agencies means wearing a lot of hats (some silly ones!) and this has furnished me with many skills. I have mastered design software, wireframing and prototyping software, coding HTML5 and CSS3 and have a rudimentary understanding of PHP, JS and JQuery. I have used WordPress and Bootstrap to build many sites. More importantly, being tech savvy has helped me solve complex problems and find different options for clients with limited budgets and timelines.
I do not quite consider myself to be a developer, but learning front-end code has been really useful for working collaboratively with developers, and also helped some digital agencies out of a few tight spots.
Technology, and how users interact with it, is constantly changing, and I enjoy keeping my finger on the pulse of new developments.
Seven years of UI/UXpertise
Wisely I moved into digital early on in my design career. In my life previous to being a designer, I worked in insurance and prior to that science and engineering. My previous experience in different roles, in different industries has proven to be very useful in interpreting briefs and figuring out the needs of different clients and end users.