Curriculum vitae

A summary of my work experience, education, and achievements.

Morressier

Product Designer

Full-time • Nov 2018 - Apr 2019
Berlin, Germany

Senior Product Designer

Full-time • May 2019 - Oct 2019
Berlin, Germany

Senior Product Designer

Freelance • Nov 2019
Berlin, Germany
Morressier gives research professionals the cutting-edge software, beautifully designed tools, and data they need to discover and get discovered. My responsibilities included:
  • Designing the core platform, website and discovery tools (Web and iPad).
  • Building and maintaining the Morressier design system.
  • Building the Morressier website.
  • Leading the design team.
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The World Bank

Senior UX Designer

Contract • Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects. My responsibility on the CGAP project included:
  • Designing the Zoona Developer Portal.
  • Planning and managing the design aspects of the project.
  • Preparing stakeholder communications.
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Zoona

Senior UX Designer

Contract • Jan 2017 - Nov 2017
Cape Town, South Africa

Senior UX Designer

Contract • Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
Zoona provides essential financial services that help African communities thrive. To date, they have raised $19 million in funding from investors, including Omidyar Network, Accion's Frontier Investments Group, and Quona Capital. My responsibilities included:
  • Designing the Wallet and Plus apps (Android and USSD).
  • Planning and executing product usability testing sessions in Zambia.
  • Monitoring and reporting on UX issues.
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The Platform Design Studio

Owner and Design Lead

Full time • Sep 2012 - Aug 2018
Cape Town, South Africa
The Platform Design Studio was a boutique product design consultancy that specialized in designing mobile apps and responsive web apps. My client list included:
  • Barclays Africa (now ABSA bank) • A JSE Top 40 company • 3 contracts
  • Allan Gray Investments • Africa's largest privately owned investment company • 2 contracts
  • Medscheme • South Africa's second largest medical aid scheme administrator • 2 contracts
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Cape Town Creative Academy

Interaction Design Lecturer

Part time • Feb 2016 - Apr 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
I taught second and third year Interaction Design modules.

Kuza Mobile

Founder and Head of Product

Full time • May 2011 - May 2013
Cape Town, South Africa
Kuza was a VC backed startup that raised $500,000 (USD). Our angel investors included Founder Collective.

Flow Interactive

UX consultant

Full time • Jan 2010 - Mar 2011
Cape Town, South Africa
Flow Interactive was acquired by Deloitte Digital.

Mxit

UX Architect

Full time • Feb 2009 - Dec 2009
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mxit was a mobile instant messaging company that was part of the Naspers Group.

University of Cape Town

Bachelor of Science

Physiology and Computer Science
2001 - 2003

Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Information Technology
2004

PhD Computer Science

Human Computer Interaction
2005 - 2009
Scholarships and awards:
  • Microsoft Research PhD funding with two internships
  • BSc (Hons) class medal for the IT stream
  • UCT entrance scholarship

Certificates

Social Networking

Harvard Business School Executive Education
2009

Conducting Usability Testing

Interaction Design Foundation
July 2019
Conducting Usability Testing: Top 10% in class (distinction)

Awards

Class Medal IT Stream

University of Cape Town
2004

Demo Africa Finalist

Demo Africa
Oct 2012

InfoDev Dragons' Den Top 20

World Bank InfoDev
May 2013

Patents

Shoot and Carry

Filed with Microsoft Research (US 319607.01)
2007

Publications

Beyond the phone number: Challenges of representing informal microenterprise on the Internet.
Apr 1, 2014. Living inside mobile social information (pp. 159–192). Dayton, Ohio: Greyden Press.

Making the Link - Providing Mobile Media for Novice Communities in the Developing World.
Jan 5, 2011. International Journal of Human Computer Studies

People are people but technology is not technology.
Oct 2008. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

Designing interactive systems for the developing world - Reflections on user centred design
Dec 2007. In Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Information Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD ‘07)

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