When trying to find a mentor, you first need to decide what you need from a mentor – for example what skills you’d like to develop and what your goals are. Then consider what characteristics you’re looking for in a mentor.
After that it’s easy, and can be done in three easy steps:
- Take a look through the available mentors on this page.
- Email Misha and Tom at email@example.com to request an introduction.
- Make contact with your mentor.
- UX Coach
- Lean UX and Agile
- Interaction Design
- Content Design
I have worked in digital design and production for 15 years from desktop software, native applications and anything that works on the web. In 2016 I started my own company focussed on UX Coaching, teaching others how to use the diverse toolbox of research and tactical techniques I have built of the years and to help business owners and teams think differently about how they solve problems.
I am part of the Happy Startup community, an international network of people thinking about business differently. I focus on creating products and services with a purpose.
I only take on 2 people at any one time for mentorship. Please enquire about my availability.
BCSG and Co-Founder of TrackBeat
- Lean UX
- User Testing
- UX research
As a User Experience Designer with a background in Psychology I have developed myself to really understand the user, through testing and analysing results. My Masters in Human Factors also has helped me become creative in designing the best interfaces for a project, currently a UX designer for BCSG, a design solutions agency specialising in the financial sector. I am also a Co-Founder of TrackBeat – a new way to listen to music with friends. I would love to mentor anyone who is interested in UX, design or research side (or both!) or anyone who just has some questions, will also review any CV and portfolios.
I’ve been a User Experience Designer for more than 20 years, normally working client side, often on big projects, many of which have not been web-based. I’ve designed Geographic Information Systems; water network resource allocation systems; worked on Police interview recorders and on crime analysis software; designed forestry systems for chain of custody; designed systems for student examinations; designed systems for Rotating Equipment Engineers to analyse vibration in power station turbines; and now work in Technology supporting Investment Research for Goldman Sachs.For about 15 years I have based my approach on Cooper’s Goal-Directed Design approach; though have adapted this to be Agile in recent years. I’ve found nearly all of my design insights have originated from the anthropology part of the job, so often encourage people to start there. I created an innovation training course within Goldman Sachs, and this too starts with fieldwork.Diversity makes a lot of sense to me as a designer and my current employer also sees the value. I created and run an Accessibility programme at the firm. I’m also an LGBT Ally.Some of the best UXers I know have no formal background in UX but in case it’s of interest I have a PhD in Applied Psychology (HCI) from Cranfield (College of Aeronautics); a MSc in AI and a BSc in Maths for Business. I’m hopeless at visual design but am ok at commissioning that part of the work and getting it done.I’m a mentoring champion for my group at Goldman Sachs and have gained hugely from my mentors and from doing my best to be a mentor.
Happy to chat to practitioners and people getting started in the field. I’ve mainly worked in-house, or as an independent so can’t tell you much about operating within an agency, but have views on agencies from the client side of things.
I’m based in Fleet Street and also Kingston-Upon-Thames.
- UX strategy
- Service Design
- UX research
- UX Design
I am a user experience specialist, currently working freelance, and have over 6 years experience in both UX research and design. I find that my natural affinity is towards the strategic or service design side of UX, and I enjoy pulling apart a complex problem and working out how to solve it.
I started my design career studying product design and swiftly moved into UX post-university. Since then, I have worked across digital agencies, UX consultancies and in house for a wide variety of clients ranging from public transport organisations to charity and banking.
Having had some great mentors throughout my career, I’m interested in being a mentor to help someone else develop their skills and find their path through this ever changing world of UX.
– UX management, Building UX competency in an organisation (training/standards/infrastructure)
– User-Centred Design process (Business goals, User Research, stages in Design and User Test)
– International teams & projects – techniques/toolsLikely mentees: staff moving to UX roles or UX management.Current Position: UX Strategist for 9 yrs;
– Consulting projects – Engage with business/technical stakeholders to setup and manage UX projects in Europe & South Africa;
– UX management and capability building,
– Strategic projects & Mission critical products.
– Teach User Centred Design and UX management (I19) classes across Europe.Project experience:
– Build UX capability at corporates (tailored UCD processes, standards, infrastructure, skills training…)
– mission-critical applications (multi-role banking for corporates, insurance and banking call-centre, forex)
– hands-on work, including end to end User Centred Design, expert review, user-testing.Mode of working;
– Lead international multi-skilled teams in a technical management role
– hands-on user-research, design and user-testing.
- Data analysis
- UI Design
- Fast prototyping
My career has spanned over 9 years, working for some of the largest corporations in the world improving customer experiences. On the side, I am the founder of UXClub.com which provides affordable learning for both seasoned and aspiring UX Designers.
Elisa del Galdo
- Product design
“I am a UX-UI, service / product design director and strategist with 12+ years experience.
My fascination for human behaviour and desire to understand what motivates people, their hopes, fears and dreams helps me to comprehend how audiences interact with products and services and how products and services can play key roles in people’s lives. I seamlessly blend physical and digital experiences solving problems that affect usability creating services and experiences that MATTER.
My work is driven by two beliefs: everyone benefits from good design and good user experience and that good user experience and good design is always memorable, effective and beautifully simple. I speak the truth and go the extra mile. I believe that loyalty is more important than politics, and that collaboration is the root of great things.”
- User Experience
- User Center Design
- Wire framing
- Heuristic Evaluation
Associate Director UX, Code and Theory
- UX strategy
- Facilitation & workshopping
- Product validation
- Ecosystem / channel architecture
- User research
- User Research
- Usability Evaluation
- Multi-Channel UX
- Cross-Cultural UX
- UX Strategy
I am a UX Research Manager. Over 20 years’ experience in planning, managing and conducting User Experience Research. My experience spans the telecoms, retail, health, utilities, insurance, financial and non-profit industries.
Working at a strategic and project level, I support the integration of UX research, design and evaluation across multi-channel and cross-cultural services. I’m currently working on UX for voice and conversational interfaces, and has experience across web, mobile, social media and device UX.
I hold an MSc in Ergonomics (Human Factors of Human Computer Interaction) and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology.
UX designer at Hitachi.
- Interaction Design
- Industrial UX
- Healthcare tech
I’m a UX designer working at all points in the UX process from earliest user research and requirements gathering through scenario creation, sketching, wire-framing, high fidelity UI design, prototyping and user testing. Essentially I love exploring how interaction design can solve complex human problems in elegant ways.
The two main areas I’m currently working in are…
- Industrial (enterprise) UX projects such as factory digitisation
- Healthcare UX projects such as web based applications for patient health management.
My academic background includes a Masters in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics and degrees in Psychology and Fine Art/History of Art. I’m also published in a peer reviewed Human-Computer Interaction journal.
As a mentor I’m interested in helping people work out ways to develop their skills, deepen their knowledge and accelerate their careers. I went from near novice to a consultant working on cutting edge UX projects for some of the world’s biggest companies in only a few short years, so I believe I can help other people achieve their goals and ambitions.
- Visual design
- User experience
- Interaction design
- Creative direction
- 10+ years experience
- Participant or User recruitment
- User experience research
- Usability testing
Over 6 years’ experience recruiting people, almost 4 years’ experience recruiting people for UX research and usability testing across a broad range of projects. Name your user, and I can probably give you some kind of insight into the best way to approach your recruitment and a case study to explain how we have recruited something similar. Specialising in recruiting for in-person qualitative UX projects, I also have knowledge on other research tools such as sourcing participants to complete self-moderated research, tree jacks, card sorts, surveys and ethnographic research. I can provide mentoring to anyone new to running user research, or looking to set up regular usability testing.
Jiri is Principal Interaction Designer at Intuit where he leads product design for the UK market. Jiri’s goal at Intuit is to create delightful products that allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to overcome the burdens of accountancy.
Jiri’s design philosophy lies at the intersection of two cornerstones: the first is Lean Startup-inspired hypothesis-driven design and the second is application of cognitive science to technology. Jiri says the real magic of product design happens only through extremely close links between design research that creates empathy for the user, and interaction design methods that allow designers to rapidly experiment and explore many possible solutions.
Before joining Intuit, Jiri was Lead UX Designer at The Telegraph, where he defined Telegraph’s UX strategy for mobile. He was the lead UX for the high-profile project to bring Telegraph’s new news app to the market. Jiri also worked for BBC Research & Development, prototyping future content discovery experiences, and several design agencies on customer facing products (National Rail Enquiries app), B2B platforms (American Express), cloud services (Canon) and smart TV interfaces (Freesat).
Jiri studied Human-computer Interaction (MSc) and Graphic Design. He co-organises London’s most popular design research Meetup-The Research Thing, and speaks at research and design events in the UK and abroad.
- Project Management
- 10 years Experience
I am a Senior UX Designer and Prince2 Digital Project Manager with 10 years experience designing across desktop, mobile and app based projects in fast-paced corporate and design agency environments. I am experienced in working as a key member of agile delivery teams in heavily regulated industries including utilities and retail as a Design/Studio Lead and as a Digital Project Manager, balancing user needs, business goals and technological realities with a proven track record of improving conversion rates, customer NPS score and channel transformation.
I started off a a print designer, progressing to catalogue production then to web/digital and then to UX and project management which I’ve found has helped me be well-rounded in my approach to UX, problem solving and the digital design industry in general.
My interest has always been in human centred design and the psychology of “why we do what we do” no matter what the medium. As a mentor, what I feel I could bring to the table is the knowledge and experience of how to build upon and share ideas, how to present ideas and create buy-in and how to champion and deliver successful UX projects from start to finish in complex environments.
- Research: user & usability research of all sorts inc. usability testing, user research/insights gathering, contextual inquiry, requirements gathering and stakeholder consensus.
- Product & application design: objective-based/goal directed design, information architecture, interaction, tech & product innovation
- Making it happen: ux in the trenches, Rapid product prototyping, front-end tech and ux guidelines
- It’s a team sport: ux coaching, workshop facilitation & pairing
- Methodologies: Agile UX, Lean UX, Extreme Programming, UCD, Design Thinking and Continuous Creative Integration
- Learning/training: fine art, photography, design and psychology
- Big picture: Personas, vision & strategy and public speaking
Michael Rawling is the Lead Product UX at Unruly.co, a social media video company, part of the News Group International, based in TechCity, London.
Mike’s professional experience in UX and UI development dates back to 1998 and since then has explored new ways of more effectively realising the massive potential that technology offers and that each product starts with. He has consulted on, designed, engineered and led such teams and initiatives for Konami, Wiley Publishing, UK’s National Lottery website, Tesco.com, LoveFilm and Granada/ITV-UK and Toyota/Lexus.
Mike is @hedshot on Twitter and takes a lot of photos.
I have talked at events including, News:Rewired 2012 at the MSN headquarters where I was part of the User Experience Panel talking to 200 industry professionals such as HSBC, The Times, Channel 4 and The Guardian to name but a few and I have also talked alongside Google at an education seminar.
I am a strategic thinker that delivers world-class experiences for users around the globe.
I am a leader, a teacher and an advocate within the User Experience sector and thrive on creating new experiences for brands that want to truly deliver the best customer experiences possible.
Over the last I6 years I’ve been designing digital services for many companies in different sectors and countries. Please find out more about my background and experience at uk.linkedin.com/in/pmianiI’m a continuous learner, I know from my own experience that you could learn and master anything you want, if you have enough motivation and curiosity. I believe that “Learning by doing” and getting the right feedback is the best way to gain confidence and improve your skills.As your mentor, I’ll support you in your journey to master UX skills, I’ll give you shortcuts, tools and advice in achieving your career goals. I’ll coach you to identify your strengths, define a plan with clear outcomes and keep you accountable to it. If your are passionate about UX and are ready to commit to this journey, I’ll be more than happy to help.
- UX research
- research design
- UX strategy
- facilitation & workshop design
- co-creation & participative design
- user testing
- accessibility & usability
Active in the international digital field since 2000, Patrizia is interested in revealing and understanding people’s emerging behaviours and attitude and how technology is influencing and affecting their experiences. Curious and passionate about participative design, creativity, and the experience economy, her goal is to find better ways to generate ideas through the understanding of us, human beings interacting with systems and environments. She has worked for 8 years as a freelance consultant and user researcher in Italy before moving to London. In Italy she worked on projects focusing on Accessibility in the areas of education, CA, transportation, Public bodies, and finance. Patrizia also combines a sound experience as a researcher gained at London School of Economics, ITTK (Hungary) and various European institutions. On Twitter at @legoviews.
- 6+ years experience
- Careers advice
- Line management
- Coaching and mentoring
I’m a UX lead at Pearson Education who is passionate in shaping the future of education by designing learning services and products for international markets. Previously, I worked in Shanghai heading up the UX team at Education First designing the learning experience for kids. I enjoy the complexity in designing for different Asian markets taking account of their cultural needs with a global solution.
I took an unconventional journey to UX with a background of Computer Science with Business and integrated her passionate in design with technology. As a result, over the last 8 years I have worked for various industries with multiple roles delivering digital solutions to market including the Ubuntu OS, Orange apps and Education First’s apps and platform. I believe that it’s possible for anyone to make a career transition to UX so want to share that experience with others and give them that confidence to make the first step. After all, I made that leap with the help of my mentor from UXPA!
- UX research
- Cognitive Psychology
- In-house and agency side
- East London
Hi, I’m Renato and I’m a User researcher. I have a strong academic background in Cognitive Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, and 3 years experience in the UX field, having worked for a UX agency as a UX Consultant and currently as working as the in-house User researcher for RefME, a successful EdTech start-up. I enjoy designing and conducting research studies to uncover user and business needs, and I try to do this in a rigorous way, choosing the appropriate methodology.
The Student Social Club Ltd and Nomvula Design Services Ltd
- Digital Strategy
- Customer Experience
- Product development
I am a senior UX researcher working at , a London based consultancy. Experience researching on a range of platforms mobile devices, desktop, TV. Skills are in a variety of methodologies/areas: research, workshops, personas, ethnography, information architecture. Over 5 years of experience in UX.
- research and design
- information architecture
- service design
- 9 years
I’m a London based user experience researcher and designer, with a background in information architecture. I’m currently client-side, having previously worked for an agency.
Over the years, I’ve championed a culture of feedback to democratise user research, nurture design thinking and remove silos, in the technology e-commerce, finance, central government, green business and non-profit sectors.
Projects I’ve worked on include complex, task-focussed search, checkout and booking interfaces, as well as emotive experiential products like community, campaign and product pages for clients like Sony Mobile, Yamaha, Arup and RS Components. I look forwards to supporting your journey.
I’d probably be most useful in the area of conceptual design and developing those concepts into interaction design artefacts (prototyping, wireframing etc.) and deliverables, if that would be useful to anyone.
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