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Ben Ellis, Freelance UX Designer

I'm an experienced UX Designer who's been working with leading brands, agencies and businesses for over 20 years

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What I Do

Each project has its own unique challenges and requirements, but my role typically involves:

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Research & Strategy

  • Heuristic Evaluations
    UI Audits
    Web Analytics Reviews
    Competitor Analysis
    User Persona Development
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Information Design

  • Content Auditing
    Content Strategy
    Taxonomy Design
    Site Mapping
    User Journey Optimisation
Interaction Design

Interaction Design

  • Wireframing
    Prototyping
    UI Design
    Responsive Web Design
    Pattern Libraries & Design Systems
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Brand Experience

Just a few of the brands I've worked with over the years.

Moncler, Carolina Herrera, Mulberry, Jaguar Land Rover, WWF/Netflix, John Lewis, Avnet, Channel 4, Talk Talk, BT

Approach

 

Approach

Approach

I'm passionate about creating well-designed, innovative experiences, life-long learning and exploring new challenges.  

I blend my deep understanding of technology and empathy for the needs of others with a proactive, pragmatic and no-nonsense approach.

I’m at my best when working on challenging projects. Whether as part of a team or independently, I always strive to simplify, avoid jargon and clearly articulate my opinions.

I care about the small details and I'm a perfectionist at heart. However, through experience I understand there's a balance to be struck when trying to get things done in a fast-paced environment.

I'm a strong believer in always giving my best efforts and bring this attitude into each new project I undertake. 


Expertise

Expertise

  • 20+ years experience working in digital technology & advertising (13 in UX, 7 in development)
  • Multi-disciplinary skillset encompassing design, UX and development
  • Extensive e-commerce, luxury/fashion brand experience
  • Working with clients to distill business requirements and define key goals
  • Development of UX strategies that champion user needs and business goals
  • Experience of working on UX challenges with durations ranging from a week to several years
  • UX research & analysis including heuristic evaluations, UI audits, analytics reviews & competitor research
  • Solid reputation for designing & delivering sitemaps, user journeys, user stories, wireframes & prototypes
  • Expert knowledge of modern software including Figma, Sketch, Zeplin, Protopie, Jira & Confluence
  • Deep understanding of both native mobile and responsive web technologies
  • Ability to collaborate and gel with both creative and technical teams
  • Comfortable presenting work to clients & stakeholders
  • Mentoring design students on Design Lab’s Interaction Design course
  • Exposure to an array of working styles including waterfall, design sprints, agile, lean etc.

Technical & Design Skills

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Analytics
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Personas
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User Journeys
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Sitemaps
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Wireframes
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Prototyping
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Sketch
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Figma
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Protopie
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Principle
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InVision
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Zeplin
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PhotoShop
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HTML
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CSS
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JavaScript
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PHP
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WordPress

Agency Experience*

20|20, 8 Inc, Blast Radius, Blue Baracuda, Bostock & Pollitt, B-Reel, Byng Systems, Candi, Cimex, Coast Digital, Collective London, CMW London, Commercial Art, Crayon, Dare, Dam Digital, Deep LLP, DesignLab, Digital & Direct, Duke Interactive/Avenue A Razorfish, Glue Isobar, Grand Union, Hi-ReS!, Hi Mum! Said Dad, Huddle Creative, Isobar Mobile, Juice Corporation, Karmarama, Keepthinking, Mission London, Moving Picture (MPC), Mr. President, Ogilvy Interactive, Pirata London, Preloaded, Publicis Blueprint, Reason, Rehab Studio, R/GA London, Saatchi & Saatchi London, SAS Design, Spark 44, Stink Studios, TCO London, The Observer Effect, This is Real Art, Travel Supermarket, Unit 9, Weir & Wong, Work Club.

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* Yep the list is alphabetically ordered, are you impressed with my level of OCD?

Select Testimonials

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Joana Flor
Senior Interactive Producer, MPC
"Ben's input on the project was absolutely essential. He is a dream to work with: great attitude and a totally expert in his craft. He makes the UX design process attainable to client and team. Can't rate him enough. I'm looking forward to working back together."
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Robert Kidd
Founder McKinlay Kidd
“We first worked with Ben nearly 8 years ago when he designed our new company's very first website. It is a testament to the quality of service and creativity he offers that he is still a valuable business partner.”
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Andrew Cowley
Growth Strategy and Innovation
"I can recommend him very highly. He is very conscientious and attentive to detail around design itself, but also has a bigger-picture view of what we were trying to achieve as a business. Great client communication skills, and also a good guy to have around on the team for long stints on client site."
Hiking, photography, surfing and running

Fun Facts

For those persistent people who got this far down the page and want to find out a little more about what makes me tick.

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No. 1 - Travel

I love to travel and experience new cultures, so much so that I married an animal-loving Brazilian and spent the past 10 years learning portuguese.

No. 2 - Fitness

I'm an active person, whether that's going to the gym, pool or running. Here's a picture of my trainers to prove it!

Pair of Asics running trainers
Multiple surfboards standing up against a wall in Brazil

No. 3 - Surfing

I'm obsessed with surfing, stand-up paddling, open-water swimming, anything that keeps me in the water for as long as possible.

At last count I had about ten boards. Here's the Brazilian quiver.

No. 4 - I'm Social

No I don't mean I'm on social media (although I am - a bit). I'm talking about the real deal. Talking to people rocks!

Whether that's at the counter in the supermarket or boarding a plane to somewhere tropical, I love a bit of small talk!

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No. 5 - Music

Whether I'm cooking, working out, in the shower or at work, I've constantly got something on. I even dabble on the guitar now and again.

No. 6 - Cooking & Craft Beer

I love food, cooking and craft beer. I occasionally attempt to brew my own (with only the one explosion to date).

Craft beer and pizza
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No. 7 - Street Art

Street art, graffitti, call it what you want, I dig it. São Paulo has some of my favourite pieces.  

Insta-Life

When I get time, I like to document my various trips through my photography and shooting short films. You can see some of my latest photos from my instagram account below.

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For more info about my travel and surfing exploits check out: www.surftide.co.uk or follow @surftide on Twitter.


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