Restructural is my online portfolio. I'm Clifton Evans, a veteran UX designer with over 15 years experience working with some of the largest (and smallest) companies and organisations, designing interfaces for Software, Mobile and Web. I have worked internationally, and locally, on projects ranging from redesigning global internal networks to small promotional websites needing some refinement.
Learning English with News
Consulting with Lingle in the National Digital Research Center, I provided an evaluation of their existing platform, developed a redesign of the system by looking at user interaction processes, and facilitated teacher and student usability testing sessions, enabling streamlined usage and content delivery.
Software for Concurrent Desgin
I consulted with the Space Agency alongside Daysha's technical consultants, researching the working processes of space scientists and developing design concepts and structures to facilitate the concurrent design of spacecraft. This resulted in a detail driven design of collaborative software that will enable the european centres to design spacecraft effectively.
Kitchen Purchasing and More
For 4 months I provided consulting on the global Ikea.com redesign project that is underway with McCann Ericsson in New York. I provided them with concept designs for the kitchen planning process to enable better integration into the greater purchase process online. I also designed prototypes for the site's kitchen planning, bedroom and other category pages.
Clifton is an extremely reliable professional, very trustworthy and a very hard worker. If anything, he undersells himself and his ability. My client loved his service and attitude and both they and I would be very happy to hire Clifton again.
Project needs vary quite a bit according to the company, and every system is at a different stage of design, so it is important to be flexible in the design process using the tools and skills necessary for each phase of a project.That being said, there do tend to be 3 core processes I use time and time again when redesigning an application, or designing a system from scratch. Keep in mind, these techniques are usually, and not necessarily, in this order...
Not every good project needs user testing or research, but some of the best designs are based on research and testing. My research methods vary depending on the project need, from looking at user requirements and human factors, to assessing the state of the art and academic advancements. Sometimes I focus completely on research giving clients a complete report on a specific need, and other clients want the research integrated into the design.
Behind every good design lies a decent structure. This structure can be found in the labelling of terminology, the visual cues and indications, or in the users pathways through a system or application. Designing the structure of a product is sometimes the majority of the focus in any given project, requiring a redesign of the information architecture or the major design concepts. Other times structural redesign is just an component of the prototyping process, inherent in the interaction design iterations.
Paper prototyping, or blueprinting, tends to be the most indicative of the final product and the design direction. This is an almost essential part of any design or redesign, saving weeks of development time and preventing many foreseeable errors. Designing diagrams for every last detail of a system is a fairly common approach, and especially useful for testing paper prototypes with users. Prototypes provide essential feedback and the ability to sign off on the product design, before it hits the screen.
Clifton Evans is a highly skilled and capable Information Architect, with just the mix of creativity and analytical thinking that the role requires. Clifton is very professional and takes his work and role very seriously. Based on my experience of working with him I would have no hesitation in recommending Clifton to any colleague or client.
Here are a few of the projects I've worked on over the years. Just press on the logo of each of the companies to find out more about each specific design. As well, have a look at my history, to get a better idea of how I might be able to help with your design needs.
Clifton was employed as an IA consultant for Trebuchet Ltd for a medium sized scalable site build. I plan to use his services again in the near future and would recommend him to other businesses looking for an indepth, accessible and applicable analysis and architecture of site capabilities and future proof solutions.
Originating in Vancouver, Canada, I have been in Europe for most of the last 15 years, mainly in Dublin and London. I have also spent time working on site with clients in various other cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Seattle, Rotterdam, Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Barcelona, Singapore, and New York.
15 years ago, I studied in the New Media Design program at the Vancouver Film School, followed by a Masters Degree in Interaction Design at Westminster in London about 10 years ago. Currently, I am researching towards a phd in my own time looking at the design of electronic instruments.
European Space Agency / Daysha
Ikea / McCann
Nokia / Fjord
Murphy’s / Gravitate
FBD / Gravitate
Channel 6 / Gravitate
Citation Shares / Hornall Anderson
Vodafone / Empathise
Nokia / Noise
Maple Pictures / Noise
Shea Homes / Engine
Best Buy Future Shop
Starbucks / Cypress
US Graduate Schools / Cypress
Stockhouse / Invoke
Bulldog Broadband / Profero
Government of Catalonia / ID Grup
Ainsworth / Telus
Whistler Mountaineer / Telus
Nike / Blastradius
Vodafone / Sapient
ChevronTexaco / Quacon
Gametrac / Instrata
WoodMackenzie / Object1
LEA / Object1
DfES / Object1
RSA / Scient
BP / Scient
Boots / Scient
Asiaxis / Stockgroup
eDeposit / Stockgroup
Cold Steel Records
Songs For Kids Records
Liquid Sky Records
Aquafins / Union Arts
Summerlove / Union Arts
Canine Equiptment / Union Arts
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2012. (In Progress)
Article, ‘Design Solutions’, Mar 06 2012
Guest Lecture. University of Limerick. 2010. Dublin.
Interaction Design Centre, talk on the ‘State of the Field’
Conference Speaker. UXCamp. 2010. Berlin.
'Gestural &Touchscreen Research’, findings from research with Nokia
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2007. Vancouver.
Article, ‘Success Stories’, Aug 08 2007
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2007.
Article, ‘Design is Rocket Science’, Aug 08 2007
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2007. Vancouver.
Article, ‘Zen and the Art of IA’, May 08 2007
Design Exhibitor / Speaker. The Design Exchange. 2005. Toronto
‘Design for the Cold’ Planners and Architects Presentations: Out Cold Lifeline System
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2005. Vancouver.
Article, ‘Architecting Our Profession’, Feb 27 2005
Conference Speaker. IA Summit. 2005. Montreal.
’Experience Cards’, Design Tool for Scenario Development
Faculty Speaker. Simon Fraser University Faculty. 2004. Vancouver.
Presenting a model of Open Source Design to the SIAT Faculty
Careers Initiative Leader. Interaction Designers Website. London.
Creating an Online Resource for Employers and Job Seekers
Author. Object 1. 2003. London.
Book, ‘Thinking Squared: The Object 1 Approach’, Dec 13 2003
Design Instructor. Design Council Designers Into Schools Week. 2004. London
Teaching Design for a Day to School Students in Hook, London
Organizer. Interaction Designers Meet. 2004. London
Open Source Design talk at event on Language as Design with Mark Rettig, at the BBC
Poster Presenter. IA Summit. 2004. Austin.
'Blueprinting: Moving into Precision', Design Methodology for Developers
Design Exhibitor / Speaker. The Digital Hub Exhibit3. 2003. Dublin
'Towards Comfort', Blueprint for Learning System
Boxes and Arrows. Author. 2002. London.
Article, ‘Exploring Content Filters’, May 13 2002
Apress. Author. 2002. London
Book entitled 'Constructing Usable Shopping Carts', An eCommerce Education Resource
Apress. Author. 2002. London
Unrelesased Chapter in 'Dynamic Content Studio’ Book, A Flash Personalization Case Study
Feature Article Speaker. CreateOnline. 2001. London Featured in The Big Issue Debate on eCommerce, 'Me-Commerce', Winter 2001
Friends of Ed. Reviewer. 2001. London
Reviewing the books: 'ActionScript Studio', 'Flash MX Usability', 'iMovie', 'Dreamweaver'.
PhD - Trinity College Dublin. Dublin
PhD in Engineering & Digital Arts
Masters of Arts - University of Westminster. 2003. London
Masters in Design for Interaction
Undergrad - Vancouver Film School - Private College. 1996. Vancouver
Diploma in Digital Design
Please Download my CV to have a look at my history in more detail.Clifton Evans