Hello, I am Susan Patterson, I am currently working with Artificial Industry as a Senior/Lead UX designer, where I have worked on projects dealing with healthcare monitoring, special needs games platform and CX for call centres. Previously I was with Learnovate where I designed for H2020 education research projects, pushing technology in education, such as a teacher-focused composer for pedagogy, an analytics dashboard for employees, and a Edu API marketplace. As a senior designer I have mentored and lead projects for a number of years and am very interested in how to balance business goals with user needs.
I have run my own consultancy and worked both in-house and with agencies, as such I have gotten close to both the business side and the user side of design. I have a passion for projects that advocate for the social good in design. I personally enjoy working on projects that require both business thinking as well as UX lead design.
In my spare time I have a passion for tiny homes so I am currently embracing the Marie Kondo method and am woking on living a more minimal life, I love taking photographs and making art.
Darklight Digital Festival
One of the formative events in my career has been my involvement in the Darklight Festival. As one of the founders I helped Darklight become an exciting and community platform for the showcasing of indi work. Darklight would be called a maker festival today as it was for creatives by creatives. I was involved with all aspects of the running and organisation, till 2007 when I took a step back from the event organisation and moved to a more advisory role on the Board of Directors (while still helping out on the digital brand assets). The Darklight remit was in providing a screening platform for new work, art exhibitions, workshops, network opportunities, running a national and international touring programme plus producing a biannual symposium.
An amazing community, and an amazing journey!