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about me...

I’m Gemma, a UI/UX, branding and content designer based in Belfast studying Interaction Design at Ulster University. I love creating all things digital design, including branding, UX design or social media content. My passion is user focussed design, no matter the purpose I love creating products that leave a positive impact on someone's day.

more about me :

I’d like to say that I am interesting, spending my free time travelling from one exotic country to the next, always a story to tell... but the reality is that when I'm not designing, I can be found on a hockey pitch. Trying to stop a small white ball from going into a big net, or coaching other people how to do the same.

Wherever I am, I guarantee there is music playing and my laptop isn’t far away.

I am currently on the search for new projects - so if you need a design solution, check out my work  or get in touch !

my design process :

STEP 1 :

Every design process starts with research. On various platforms, researching for content, design styles, making moodboards and writing blog posts. This process is key to getting a visual understanding of what I want the design solution to look like.

STEP 2 :

After research and ensuring that I have a visual understanding of the solution, I move on to the sketching stage. This involves getting some sketches down on paper following a simple line drawing style with minimal colour. These sketches allow the first steps in the design and style of the product to be established.

STEP 3 :

Once rough ideas are down on paper, I begin to develop these ideas. This includes deciding on branding if it is required, colours for the product and developing my paper sketches to be paper prototypes, establishing the flow of how the product will work.

STEP 4 :

If I am happy with the outcomes on paper, then I move on to work digitally. I bring what I have learnt in previous stages through, to work in Figma or Illustrator depending on the project. This can also then be prototyped using Invision or Figma to ensure the flow through the product matches the standard of the design.

STEP 5 :

The final stage of product creation includes making small refinements and ensure the product is exactly as I imagine. This often can involve user testing to ensure it fulfils the initial brief and if I am not happy with the outcome, I can return to any of the previous stages.

my education :

Ulster University

Interaction Design BDes

2019 - Present

Completed first year including modules Interaction Design Fundamentals, Communication Design, Exploring Identity, Imaging and Data Visualisation).

Currently studying with a focus on Creative Entrepreneurship, and Designing with Content

Foundation in Art and Design

2018 - 2019

Developing skills across all art disciplines including Graphic Design and Interaction Design.

Ballyclare High School

GCSE and AS/A Level Studies

2011 - 2018

A Level :
Art and Design - B
Digital Technology - B
Geography - B

AS Level :
Photography - A
Biology - C

GCSE : 3A*, 3A, 1B, 3C

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