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BSc User Experience Design Graduate | Previously worked in education | Passionate about design, coding and education

About meJason Brown

UX Designer: I take user research and data and turn it into digital services that people enjoy using.

Studied BSc (Hons) User Experience Design at Norwich University of the Arts, focusing specifically on accessibility web technology in my final year of studies. Interned at Earthware and The User Story in UX roles in 2018. Previously worked in education with Microsoft Education UK links and spoke at TEDx Norwich Education about edtech.

As part of my degree course I designed car infotainment systems, a responsive nursery website for a client, an app to encourage people to visit the Broads for the Broads Authority, an accessible mobile e-commerce site and an app that utilises optical character recognition to scan printed text with a smartphone camera for the visually-impaired.

Work experience

Organisations I have worked for or closely with.

National Grid logo.
User Story logo.
Earthware logo.
Storehouse logo.
NUA logo.
Microsoft logo.

Voluntary experience

Organisations I have volunteered at.

Codebar logo.
Neontribe logo.
Step Into Tech logo.
Computing At School Group logo.
Wymondham High Academy abbey logo.
Norwich Film Festival logo.

Contact me

If you are interested in contacting me, please use the contact details below.

Email jason@pedragon.online | LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-brown-90283b10b/ | Tel 07766706617

Skills

  • Content organisation
  • Website development
  • Public speaking
  • Fast and independent learner
  • Time management
  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Adobe Creative Cloud apps
  • Axure RP
  • Web accessibility and designing for the visually impaired
  • Team leadership and project management

Education

BSc (Hons) User Experience Design

Norwich University of the Arts, 2017-2020

Graduated 2020

The course entails using human-centred design to prototype and create digital solutions for real-world problems.

At university I designed, prototyped and tested car infotainment systems, magazine websites, a website for a local nursery, an e-commerce site, a tourism web app for the Broads Authority and accesible websites and digital services for the visually-impaired.

A levels and GCSES

Wymondham High Academy, 2009-2016

A levels

  • Graphic Communication: A*
  • Computer Science: B
  • Geography: B

GCSEs

11 GCSEs, including an A* in English Language, English Literature and ICT. 9 As and one B.

Full-time positions

IT Solutions Graduate

National Grid, September 2020 onwards

Due to enrol on National Grid's IT Solutions Graduate Development Programme in September 2020.

Throughout the course of the 18 month graduate scheme I will work on three 6 month placements in various areas of the company. The scheme that I am enrolled on focuses on following the software development lifecycle to produce new solutions for National Grid, focusing on the UX process, customer and business needs.

Apprentice IT Technician

Wymondham High Academy, September 2016 - July 2017

My role involved assisting to manage the IT systems at Wymondham High Academy, as well as the IT systems at Ashleigh Primary School. At Ashleigh Primary School I successfully deployed Windows 10 to around 20 desktop computers and 15 laptops using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. I upgraded these computers and deployed the latest Microsoft Office and SMART Notebook software, vastly improving the productivity of staff in the school.

Responsibilities: system maintenance, system upgrades, data integrity, point of contact for support.

Internships

User Experience Designer

The User Story, October 2018 - January 2019

I was approached by The User Story asking if I would be interested in working part-time to work on redeveloping the website for the company.

My design skills were improved through professional critiques and I also learned a massive amount about usability testing, how to conduct formative research and how to drive meaning from research.

I was praised for my information architecture skills.

Responsibilities: website design, running usability testing, worked to strict deadlines, information architecture.

User Experience Design and Developer Intern

earthware ltd, July - August 2018

I completed this internship between Years 1 and 2 of university.

The internship project was to design and create a chatbot using the Microsoft Bot Framework, writing in C#. Throughout the course of the internship I gained skills in working with clients, working to deadlines, carrying out user testing and learning more about UX design and software development on real products for real clients.

I found it interesting completing the user experience design process on a chatbot - it requires a lot more thought about language and interaction than most applications do.

University societies & ambassadorship

Head

Storehoue Magazine, October 2017 - May 2020

I ran Storehouse Magazine, the NUA Students’ Union magazine. I led a team to produce a magazine and website showcasing student work. I led a team of students to create the Storehouse magazine from scratch. After this I was promoted to Head and ran the team to ensure that Storehouse continued to be the magazine that NUA students chose to publish their work in.

Responsibilities: website design and coding, team leadership, delegating tasks, liaising internally and externally, reaching strict deadlines, helping with marketing and promotional activities.

Worldwide Microsoft Student Ambassador & Innovative Educator Expert

Microsoft Corporation, November 2014 - July 2017

My work with Microsoft involved working with the UK (and later worldwide) Education team to promote the use of the Microsoft hardware and software, such as Surface devices and Office 365, in schools. As a student I was able to use all of this ground-breaking hardware and software in my lessons and fully understood how they were impacting students’ lives in a positive way.

As part of this role I engaged with students by running the Student Digital Leader Team at Wymondham High Academy and presented keynotes about technology in education at Microsoft offices in Seattle and London, the BETT show in London and TEDx NorwichED.

Responsibilities: promotion, endorsement, representation and ambassadorship, leadership.

Outreach Student Ambassador

Norwich University of the Arts, February 2018 - June 2020

I ran campus tours and assisted as NUA marketing events such as UCAS fairs. As part of this role I also led educational workshops.

Responsibilities: be a source of detailed information for NUA, representing the university, attending marketing events and fairs.

Voluntary Experience

Mentor at Codebar

Neon Tribe, September 2019 - present

Mentoring and teaching under-privileged and under-represented students at Codebar, hosted by Neontribe. I support them with coding activities and help them develop and improve their coding skills once per month.

Mentor at Untangled

Neon Tribe, August 2019

Mentoring / teaching students to enable them to complete projects (mainly in Python and JavaScript) during Untangled 2019. Neon Tribe run this event each year for one week to encourage students to expand their coding knowledge and engage them in exciting computer science projects. I supported a team of students in creating a ‘Shrek AI’ app written in Python.

Mentor at Step Into Tech

Norwich, March 2018 - March 2020

This club runs every other week and is run by a team of volunteers with the intention of teaching children new skills in tech (such as prototyping apps, coding, video editing and animation) and inspiring them to do more with technology. Local tech professionals also run workshops at the sessions.

Judge at Primary & Secondary Norfolk Scratch Off

Computing At School, June 2018 and June 2019

I was a judge at this competition, arranged by the Norfolk Computing At School Group. Scratch Off is an annual competition where students from Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 have to fulfil a competition brief by coding a solution in Scratch.

Coordinator of the Student Digital Leader Team

Wymondham High Academy, September 2014 - July 2017

The Student Digital Leader team are a group of students in Years 7-11 who have a passion for IT and my aim as the coordinator of the program was to inspire them and enhance their IT skills. Our most successful project was sending a Raspberry-Pi computer into space using a weather balloon to record the journey into space ('Pi In The Sky') and also as a cross-curricular activity involving computer science, geography and science. Other successful projects included the rocket car challenge which involved racing model rocket cars and recording the stats using BBC Micro:bit computers and we also taught Scratch and Python to students in local primary schools.

Photographer

Norwich Film Festival, November 2017 - November 2018

I enjoy film-making and video editing so volunteering here gave me an opportunity to execute these interests whilst helping a local society aimed at helping people get into film-making. Throughout the Film Festivals of November 2017 and November 2018 my role was a photographer, photographing events for their social media team.

Public speaking experiences

Speaking about Microsoft Office 365

BETT Show 2019, January 2019

I was invited to present at the BETT Show (the UK’s largest educational technology show, held at the ExCel Arena) with Microsoft Education this year to talk about Office 365 and how sharing and editing files on OneDrive streamlines productivity and how Sway and PowerPoint allow you to design better presentations.

Speaking about technology in education

TEDx NorwichED, March 2016

‘We do not like using our natural resources to produce electricity, heat homes or manufacture goods. We are always being told to save paper, ‘think green’ and recycle just about anything we can. So why are we still encouraged at school to print out work and put it in a massive file when we know that this is not sustainable?’

The stats in my TEDx talk speak for themselves about why technology needs to be made more of a focus in schools.

  • 16% of 8-11 year olds own 5 or more media devices.
  • 72% of 12-15 year olds own 3 or more media devices.
  • 51% of households with a child aged between 3 and 15 had a tablet in 2015 compared to 7% in the UK in 2011.

Schools teach maths and English proficiently because it’s required in life. Don’t the statistics above show that being able to use technology effectively is soon becoming ‘required in life’ too?

Certifications

Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications

Awarded by Certiport

Level 3 Diploma in IT Skills

Awarded by City & Guilds, July 2017, no expiration

Completed as part of my apprenticeship at Wymondham High Academy.

Bronze Award

Awarded by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, June 2011, no expiration

Completed whilst an Air Cadet at 1986 Wymondham Sqn.