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The State of Responsible IoT 2019 report

The State of Responsible IoT 2019 report

A simple illustrated image of a person running through an open door with the words ‘The State of Responsible IoT 2019 in the background. After speaking at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Spring 2019 they invited me to participate in a publication about the state of responsible technology looking at surveillance capitalism and specifically, the ...

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2019 in conferences and workshops

2019 in conferences and workshops

Eriol at Birmingham Design festival speaking on ‘Design for Crisis’ I’ve been tremendously privileged to tour several talks across the UK, Europe, Canada, North America, Asia and Africa ( I’m looking at you next South America, Oceania & Australia!). My most widely known and requested talk is ‘Diverse representations in design and awkward conversations with ...

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Conducting research in the emergency services and disaster response sector — Exercising empathy and understanding in context.

Conducting research in the emergency services and disaster response sector — Exercising empathy and understanding in context.

Part 1 of 2 articles covering design research in crisis/disaster response and emergency services. Nailsea Fire station community demo day. The fire and paramedic team attend to a simulated traffic incident. Guerilla Research There’s a term in UX research called ‘Guerilla Research’ or ‘Guerilla Usertesting’ which many may be familiar with. This is, essentially when ...

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Can experiencing and understanding abuse and trauma make me a good user experience designer?

Can experiencing and understanding abuse and trauma make me a good user experience designer?

Close up photo of blue butterflies in a museum exhibition case. The pins either side of their small bodies barely visible.   Trigger warnings: This article will reference some personal stories of emotional and physical abuse. Are the abused, to whom it is second nature to subdue or even deny their own existence, the ones who ...

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LGBTQ+ folk are internally mapping all day, every day.

LGBTQ+ folk are internally mapping all day, every day.

It’s a Saturday afternoon in Autumn. The large board-room of a rented out tech office space has had it’s one polished 20+ person table removed in favour of 6 different smaller tables. One or two people are seated in each space with large sheets of paper pens and other paraphernalia associated with ‘brainstorming’. There’s a ...

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Revisiting: ‘In-house design is not a dirty word’

Revisiting: ‘In-house design is not a dirty word’

I’ve spoken about in-house design publicly three times, at three events at quite different time in my life/career. The first was at Reasons to be Creative conference in Brighton as one of the elevator pitchers. The second was the same talk, extended into 20 minutes and given at Design Stuff Cardiff (This talk uses my old birth name not my chosen name) ...

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Testimonials

  • – Confused.com Web Manager

    “Eriol’s design work and work ethic has impressed me throughout working with them. They have the skills and personal qualities that make them a valued designer in the field. Eriol is obviously passionate about design.”

    – Confused.com Web Manager
  • – Colleague

    “Their passion for design is inspiring and I wish we all shared the same zeal in our day to day activities.”

    – Colleague
  • – Colleague

    “Eriol’s support has been invaluable. Their commitment in ensures not only a piece of work is complete but that it is the best possible quality.”

    – Colleague
  • – Confused.com Product Owner

    “Thoroughly dedicated and frequently goes the extra mile to ensure the quality of work is the best it can possibly be. A very creative individual, responding with innovation to briefs and happy to push the limits in order to get eye-catching design but also isn’t afraid to work outside of their comfort zone. Learns quickly and gets projects completed on time and to a very high standard.”

    – Confused.com Product Owner
  • – Confused.com Colleague

    “Their work has been faultless, deliverables have been on time, have been to brief. Eriol gets fully involved, coming up with new ideas and challenging preconceived ideas. They’ve also been a key part of the rebrand, giving us every chance to hit fast approaching deadlines”

    – Confused.com Colleague
  • – Freelance Client

    “I worked closely with Eriol during a project. They were incredible.  Very creative, helpful and massively enthusiastic.  Gets stuck right in and does an amazing job at translating a brief into a creative reality.”

    – Freelance Client