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Ben Ellis

I'm a seasoned, freelance UX Designer who's been creating digital experiences since 1999. I work on-site and remotely with clients across London, Europe & beyond.

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What I Do

I consult for a range of businesses to design and develop, rewarding, human-centred, digital products and services. My role typically involves:

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Research & Analysis

  • Heuristic Evaluations
  • UI Audits
  • Web Analytics Reviews
  • Competitor Reviews
  • User Persona Development
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User Flows & IA

  • User Journeys
  • Content Auditing
  • Card Sorting
  • Site Mapping
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Design & Prototyping

  • Wireframes
  • Prototypes
  • UI Design
  • Pattern Libraries
  • Design Systems
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My Approach

I am passionate about well-designed experiences. I care about the small details and enjoy constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge.

I have a proactive, pragmatic and no-nonsense approach. I always strive to simplify, avoid jargon and clearly articulate my thoughts.

I’m at my best when working on challenging projects with talented teams. I like to innovate, have fun and enjoy telling a few jokes along the way.

I’m a perfectionist at heart, but have been around long enough to understand that to get things done in a fast-paced environment there is a balance to be had between perfectionism and pragmatism.

My Expertise

  • Experience of end-to-end UX process across a range of industry sectors
  • UX research & analysis including heuristic evaluations, UI audits, analytics reviews & competitor research
  • IA skills including content audits, card sorting, content mapping & development of user journeys/sitemaps
  • Wealth of experience prototyping complex screen flows and micro-interactions for iOS and responsive web
  • Reputation for creating outstanding, common UX deliverables (sitemaps, wireframes, user flows.)
  • Mentoring design students on Design Lab's Interaction Design course
  • Comfortable presenting to clients/stakeholders
  • Thorough understanding of native mobile and responsive web technologies
  • Multi-disciplinary skillset encompassing both design and development
  • Exposure to an array of working styles (design sprints, agile, lean etc.)
    Ability to collaborate with stakeholders, PMs, designers and developers

Key Technical & Design Skills

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Analytics
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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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Flinto
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Principle
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Framer
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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/Brand 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, Mulberry, Ogilvy Interactive, Pirata London, Preloaded, Publicis Blueprint, Reason, Rehab Studio, R/GA London, Saatchi & Saatchi London, SAS Design, 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."
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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!

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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).

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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.  

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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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If you need help with a UX Design project then I'd love to hear from you.

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