HAZEL MEADES

Designer. Researcher. Writer.

 
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ABOUT

I'm an Essex-based UX Designer with a background in Music Technology and Psychology (BSc Dual Honours), and a penchant for storytelling.

 

When I first started to consider my career options, I knew I wanted to do something that was creative and helped people. I started applying my research skills to the world of UX after graduating from my MA in Ethnomusicology (the study of how music manifests in culture) and continue to enjoy exploring the field both as a usability tester and a freelance UX consultant.

 

I have practical experience in a diverse range of projects and am currently looking for my next role in UX research.

 

FEATURED PROJECTS

 
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INSPIRATOR 

May 2018 - Present

I designed and developed a prototype application for songwriters in the final year of my undergraduate degree. The purpose of Inspirator is to provide songwriters with an integrated platform to record compositional ideas. It has since become a passion project that I work on in my spare time.

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UNCONSCIOUS DATA BIAS PROTOTYPE

21st September -5th October, 2020

I took on the role of UX designer/front-end developer within a team for the Code First Girls Diversity Hackathon. We produced an MVP prototype designed to help HR analyse data and improve diversity in mid-large size companies.

THE GARDEN DATABASE

May 2020 - Present

I was commissioned as a UX consultant to design and develop a bespoke, user-friendly database that catalogues plant growth. The solution is designed to update the client's present method of garden record keeping.

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GROCERY WATCH PITCH

9th-13th November 2020

As part of the IGD virtual work experience week, I designed an innovative technical solution to common grocery shopping pain points. My 5 minute product pitch to senior leaders in the industry won the technology project brief. 

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DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT

18th December, 2020 - 8th January, 2021

I was commissioned to produce a design recommendations report that would form a communicative bridge between the user, the marketing team and the development team for a Malaysian tech startup (DIBIZ Global). The report advised on best practice design patterns and considerations for a mobile app.

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MY LEARNING

Experience is an important part of learning to be the best UXer I can be, but so is learning in and of itself! Outside of my personal and professional UX projects, I enjoy improving my understanding of UX and the technology industry as a whole. So far, this has meant:

  • Attending weekly UX Learning Group meet ups at SHE software

  • Participating in multiple tech centric-courses and events with Code First Girls

  • Becoming a certified usability tester on multiple user testing platforms

  • Joining webinars and workshops at the UCD Gathering conference

  • Writing Medium articles about UX, technology and wellbeing.

 

Check out my LinkedIn profile to see my latest learning insights.

GET IN TOUCH

Interested in learning more about my work or how we can collaborate on an upcoming project? Reach out today.

 

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