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Ryan Falconer

User Experience Design & Innovation

Location
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Industry
Internet
Current
  1. Skillstep
Previous
  1. Ryster,
  2. Mediaroots
Education
  1. Edinburgh Napier University
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Skillstep

Skillstep

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Summary

I’m a fully qualified creative problem solver with a difference. While I offer the digital and design experience and expertise you’d expect from a fully qualified user experience designer, I bring something more to every venture or project I work on: the commercial insight of a business person.

From my early days as a 12 year-old go-getter selling confectionery to kids in the local area to starting my own tech companies, I’ve always looked to combine business acumen and creative flair. Most recently, they’ve come together to help a number of innovative technology start-ups worldwide.

For me though, user-centricity is king. Through a mix of creative flair, technical nous and business savvy I aim to design and deliver user experiences that ensure your products and customer interactions are intuitive, accessible and highly usable, helping you achieve your business goals.

Experience

Founder

Skillstep
– Present (1 year 4 months)Edinburgh

I have devised a way to ensure that leadership development in financial services and corporates that is tailored to the individual to allow for career progression and new competencies giving learners the knowledge and skills they need to reach their professional goals – and it does it fast.

Founder

Ryster
(9 years 1 month)Edinburgh, London and Sydney

Over many years, my vehicle as an independent user experience consultant has been ‘Ryster’ (in case you’re wondering, it’s my nickname!). Working as Ryster has allowed me to showcase my talents as a leading user experience specialist, practising across a wide range of digital projects.

But whatever the project, the reality of user experience drives my creative thinking. I know UX (and UI) inside out and have experience of applying their principles across all phases and platforms for any given project – from conception to visual design to prototype to testing and implementation.
For me those principles are simple: create, design and deliver intuitive, accessible and compelling user experiences to help you achieve your business goals.

As a fundamental part of my ‘against-the-grain’ creative thinking, that knowledge has helped me deliver results for high-growth tech companies across the UK and as far as Australia, building brand profile, driving traffic and growing sales. My previous successes include (but are not limited to):

Lettingweb.com, Blackcircles.com, TrainingForWarriors.com, MBNA.co.uk, MyVue.com, Cover-More.com.au, Canva.com, BizzBuzz.com.au, Carsales.com.au, Agentbox.com.au, ADS.org.uk, Cheekychompers.com, Togglemedia.com.au, EdinburghsHogmanay.org and SuperJam.co.uk

Founder

Mediaroots
(4 years)Edinburgh and London

I founded Mediaroots in 2008 and helped it rapidly become a leading video tutorial software provider for software learning in the UK (it was one of top 70 start-ups in 2010). It was a breakthrough moment for video software training in the UK, as – back at the time – it was rare to see such training in the UK (unlike in the US where it was well-established and lucrative industry).

Working with key software vendors (including Apple, Adobe, Autodesk, Quark Xpress and Smith Micro), Mediaroots offered interactive tuition tailored to UK audiences – individuals, schools, colleges and businesses. From a standing start, Mediaroots went on to offer literally thousands of video tutorials, eventually working in partnership with Amazon to reach out to consumers directly.

I played a key role on that journey to making Mediaroots a market leader, helping to develop the company strategy, co-ordinating sales and marketing activity, building a reseller and distribution network and recruiting and managing a team of around 20 contractors. A great example of how my entrepreneurism and creative capability combine to deliver innovative commercial solutions.

Skills

Education

Edinburgh Napier University

MSc, Multimedia & Interactive Systems

Overview: Web and UI Design, HCI, Usability, User Experience, Multimedia, Web Technologies.

Edinburgh Napier University

BA Hons, Graphic Communications

Overview: Graphic Design, Advertising, Production Management, Digital Media, Print Management.

Edinburgh Telford College

HND, Graphic & Digital Design

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