I continued to work on a consultancy basis throughout 2017, including working with Olytico to make their Social Wall product vision a reality. In July, I was contracted via Fjord Dublin to the Accenture Amadeus Alliance, a joint initiative to dream up and deliver innovative, human-centric solutions to the challenges faced by stakeholders in air travel including passengers, airlines and airports.
After a short break post-Rebase, I decided to start working on a consultancy basis. I brought Good Travel Software to shipping a new product and lead WeddingDates to releasing a major new iteration of their management platform.
In September 2015, I said goodbye Engine Yard. Took the lead on making Rebase happen for a month, which was a happy success. Took some time out to travel a little, cook and work on some personal projects.
Hired by Engine Yard to work on the system and interface design for their new product. Also help out with branding, swag, growing the team, defining a design process and promoting a design-first way of shipping.
Landed a job at the original iteration of the award-winning X Communications, an agency whose work I had admired for years. Starting as a front-end developer, I learn my trade as as a UX designer eventually leading the design a number of different projects.
Graduated from Dublin City University with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Multimedia. Got my first "real job" as a junior web developer at Xwerx in the Digital Depot. Learned the ropes of the multi-hat agency life.
Completed a fantastic, hands-on nine-month internship at Intuition e-learning. Returned to university to complete my final year and thesis project, a Pocket PC app for guiding art students around the National Gallery in the pre-iPhone age.
Moved to Dublin city and for a summer internship at EmergeSmart e-learning company. It was meant to last a week but I stayed for the entire summer until it was time to start university.
Finally persuaded my parents we needed a home computer. Shortly after, I decided we should have the internet. The large phone bills went unnoticed for a number of months and I started learning HTML and trying to make a website.
Born at Christmas in 1984, I grew up on a dairy farm on the west coast of Ireland in the heart of The Burren, Co. Clare. Like @ev, I believe I got my strong work ethic from growing up on a farm where "working nine to five" was – and remains – an alien concept.