3 Minute Sizzle with: Damian Rees from Experience UX
In 140 characters or less, tell us what your agency does.
We provide UX teams with independent, high quality UX research.
Tell us what you do at the agency.
As a Director I do a lot of different things. But my main focus right now is on talking with other UX people.
Describe your company culture, flavour or important values.
We’re really big on learning and making constant improvements. We also place a lot of value on honesty and doing good quality work.
What qualities do you look for when hiring new people?
Someone who is keen to learn, has a passion for UX, and fits with our company values.
What’s your favourite book / movie / album?
Favourite book is probably Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith, and favourite film is hard but North by Northwest is up there. Too many albums to pick one.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
If it’s wet, sticky, and not yours… don’t touch it.
And the worst?
Always do what you want to do and screw everyone else.
What was your first job (obviously with a creative context, we’re not too interested in paper rounds and bar work!)?
In 2000 after I graduated, I got a job as a Usability Engineer at a large web agency.
How did you get that first job?
I went for a job as a Junior Designer and I convinced them they needed to take usability more seriously. 8 interviews later they hired me in a usability role to build a team.
Aside from Meetdraw(!), what’s the best way to introduce oneself to your agency (which person / media channel / format)?
We’re big coffee lovers. So the best way would be to get in touch and invite one of us for coffee.
Bournemouth seems to be a hotbed of creative digital talent at the moment, why do you think that is?
When I wanted a decent job I had to go to London. You don’t have to do that anymore with the number of digital companies in this area. And with a beach like ours there’s no reason not to stay in Bournemouth.