This month’s "Meet the Member" features user experience designer, woodturner, marathon runner, and marmite eating James Crisp.
I’m James, a User Experience Designer working for a cyber security company. My role is basically to find out what our customers need, then design the easiest way of doing it in our software, test it with the clients then pass it to the development team for building.
Back at the start of 2020, I was working for a different company, in an office but like a lot of people, the pandemic changed that. Working from home, while enjoyable at first, became isolating for me. I found myself rarely going out and only speaking to people on Zoom. I needed to get back into a creative office environment and at the start of the year I found Unicorn Studios. I can honestly say that because of Unicorn Studios I am happier and more productive than I have been in years.
As a teenager I worked in a DIY store for a few years, then drove an ice cream van for a summer. My first “real job” was working as a Graphic Designer for the University of Plymouth, part time while still studying then full time when I graduated.
That’s a really hard one, I have been designing stuff for over 20 years so I have done a lot of things that make me proud. The accomplishment I am most proud of though is just being where I am today, doing a job I love.
I would say that I am an early bird, I get up most days at 6am.
Turning the music up nice and loud and having crumpets with Marmite and peanut butter for a mid morning snack.
Completing my first half marathon because I have been suffering from Achilles tendon problems for a few years. I am finally overcoming them and able to run again, for longer and get my fitness back.
Run a marathon, it’s on my bucket list.
I have a few, I am a woodturner, handyman and gardener.
Playing the guitar. I have always wanted to play guitar, and have tried a few times but never found the time to practice enough to get past the basics.
Steve Jobs - I would love to discuss his views on usability and product design.
F.H.K. Henrion - He was a true pioneer of Graphic design.
Adam Savage - I love his 'Tested' Youtube channel, and I could spend hours chatting to him about creating all sorts of geeky stuff.
Definitely a tiny unicorn. I have two daughters and they both love Unicorns at the moment. My daughters love the idea that I work at Unicorn Studios.
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