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Nov. 6, 2018


Scott Smith, UX Designer
UX designer | Public sector | Tech for good | Digital

What’s your background?
I don’t want to sound all X-factor inspirational story here, but I’ve always known I wanted to be a “designer” since secondary school. It started off wanting to be a graphic designer. I used to make themes for Sony Ericsson phones back in like 2006 when I was 13/14 using Photoshop, and my Dad used to upload them to a forum online for me, and they’d sometimes get 20,000+ downloads! I studied graphic design in college and this naturally evolved into wanting to become a UX/UI Designer by the time university came around. I learnt my trade properly during my time at hedgehog lab, and now I’m right here with Difrent! I get a kick out of making things that get a positive reaction out of people.

Describe your role at Difrent
I UX for Difrent. I make digital services that are easy, simple and a joy to use.

As a UX Designer, I work with the team to understand what our users are telling us they need and I design solutions that cater for those needs. My goal is always to make people’s lives easier when they’re using what I’ve designed. I’m currently on site at NHS BSA where we’re redesigning the current NHS Jobs platform. It’s an incredibly exciting project to be a part of as the things we eventually fully design and build are going to positively impact the lives of millions of people who interact with the service and use the service as part of their job. The “4 million people visit the site every year” stat still blows my mind every day.

Who are you outside of Difrent?
Woah, feeling quite on the spot here! Outside of Difrent, I am somebody who enjoys eating food more than 99.9% of the population. I value my friendships and partner and Netflix a lot, so I spend as much time as possible juggling these. I’m the annoying friend who is always taking photos. I have a gym membership I haven’t used for many months now. I try to get out the UK regularly and experience cultures way different to our own. I’m a big fan of neon and the cyberpunk genre, so I’m always creating weird stuff in Photoshop. I think I’ve sold myself quite well….

Who would you invite to dinner, dead or alive?
Not sure if I’m being asked for one person or multiple so I’m going to take matters into my own hands. I’d have a big round table and would invite Terry Crews, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ian Curtis (RIP), Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Steve Jobs, Phil Mitchell and Barry off EastEnders. I’ll leave any explanation for your imagination.


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