Hi, I'm Nicola.
I'm a product designer, with six years experience in design for the screen. I work with clients to build great experiences for real people. I'm an all rounder - I like doing whatever needs to be done. Ideation, user research, UX design, UI and visual design, CSS and more.
I'm currently based in Sydney, Australia, making stuff at Pivotal Labs.
The Long story
I started out in magazines - specifically the mad and beautiful Tertangala, UoW student magazine. For two years, during my creative arts degree, I spent many long unpaid hours in the Tertangala office frantically laying out 52+ pages every issue. This really put a dent in my 10,000 hours.
I landed an internship then a job at a website development company in Wollongong, where I learnt how to build a website from scratch. I designed and developed websites for small businesses and council, doing sitemaps, wireframing, visual design, and responsive HTML & CSS.
Soon enough I moved to Sydney and got myself a sweet music industry job at RØDE Microphones, first as a graphic designer and then as digital designer, owning all digital projects. As well as designing an award-winning microsite and leading a large-scale website redesign, I got to work on packaging, illustrations, technical diagrams, apparel, posters and marketing.
After a couple of years, I decided to move fully into the digital side of design, and began as a product designer at Australian e-commerce tech company Bigcommerce. I worked on a pattern lab, a redesign of the control panel, storefront themes, and got my teeth into some fun UX design projects.
I did a short stint contracting before taking six months to travel and then casually walking almost 800km across northern Spain on el camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage.
Nowadays I'm working with Pivotal Labs as a Lean (non-mean) product designer. I like being able to be involved in the design process right from the beginning and use design thinking to create cool things with great people. I'm happiest getting thrown in the deep end and taking on a challenge. Got me in mind for something? Get in touch.
Wanna know even more? Download my resume (pdf).
I also write occasionally on Medium.