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					 Alan Trow-Poole
 User Experience (UX) Design Consultant & Information Architect




                           Profile
                           Alan is an Information Architect and User Experience Consultant
Contact details
                           with an international reputation, (Europe and USA). He is a
                           self-employed contractor. Alan has a combination of both
Appletree Barn, Shelsley   technical and creative skills. He is experienced in complete
Beauchamp
                           software life-cycle, from initial client-facing requirements
Worcestershire, WR6 6RA
                           definition, through specifying user-experiences, designing
Tel: 01886 812 875         visual look and feel, running usability evaluations, to
Email:                     implementation and sign-off. While living in the USA, Alan
alan@theiconstudio.com
                           taught web user-interface design part-time at the University of
Skype: atrowpoole
Portfolio: alantrow-       California, (UCSC) and his course material was featured in a
poole.com                  best selling book: HTML Publishing on the Internet, (Coriolis
                           Ventana). Alan is an experienced public speaker.

                           Skills
                           Interaction Design, Information Architecture, User Interface
                           Design, User Experience, Visual Design, User-Centered Design,
                           Business Analysis, Graphic Design, (including icon design),
                           Rapid Prototyping, (Axure and Omnigraffle), Sharepoint UX
                           Design. Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
                           Experienced at public speaking and teaching. Alan is a self-
                           starter that can work independently and collaborate with multi-
                           disciplined development teams. He is frequently hired to coach
                           and train junior designers.

                           Examples of work
                           Alan’s online portfolio can be found at: alantrow-poole.com

                           Referrals
                           Nigel Billingham - Hired Alan as a IT Consultant in 2008 at
                           Bank of America
                           “Alan is quite simply an expert in his field, and a great guy
                           to have around. He did a great
                           job on one of my recent projects providing an innovative but
                           highly usable interface for a ground breaking financial
                           services web application. Alan can work on site and/or from his
                           own office, and he was happy to travel 2 hours to and from my
                           project office! If you need a User Interface designer or
                           Information Architect, I would highly recommend Alan. He is a
                           great asset to any team” March 9, 2009. Top qualities: Great
                           Results, Expert, Creative”.

                           Simon Day - Worked with Alan at nPower 2007
                           “Alan is simply the best user interface designer / information


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                        architect you are ever likely to find and you won't find anyone
                        in disagreement”.
Sep 2008 - April 2009
           (7 months)
                        Matt Warren - Worked with Alan at nPower 2007
                        “Alan is quite certainly the most skilled Information Architect
                        it has ever been my pleasure to work with. If you want a user
                        interface designing to perfection then this is the guy for you.
                        I just wish I had his skills at explaining abstract concepts to
  Jan 2008 - Sep 2008
                        others”.
           (9 months)

                        Experience
                        UX Consultant, Bank of America (Chester, UK)
                        User Experience Consultant for EMEA. Projects span credit-card
                        services and online banking. Responsibilities include
                        coordination of UX design activities, expert reviews, usability
                        testing support, interaction design, (personas, wireframes,
                        prototypes) and visual design
  Oct 2007 - Dec 2007
           (3 months)   Interaction Designer, Talis (Birmingham, UK)
                        UI design for the Xulu application, a social networking web
  Aug 2007 - Sep 2007   application for academic researchers and publishers. The
           (3 months)   complete working prototype was developed, (using Axure) in only
                        5 weeks after joining the company. UI design for the Zephyr
                        student web-based resource/reading list application. Introduced
                        user-centric design to complement Agile techniques already
                        being used, e.g. Personas, task-flows, scenarios, wire-frames
                        and UX prototyping. UX Focus Groups at Birmingham and Plymouth
                        Universities as well as several in-house studies.

                        User Experience Consultant, Friends Provident (Salisbury, UK)
                        User-Experience design of Online web-based quotation plus
                        design of UX methodology.

                        User Experience Consultant, Clearpace (Gloucester, UK)
                        User-Experience design of NParchive a next generation
                        enterprise archiving and compression application. This involved
                        taking the current, (Unix-based) command-line-driven text-based
                        user-interface and designing an enhanced web-based graphical-
                        user-interface. Included designing enhanced features including:
                        dashboards, customized views, alerts, and “proactive”
  Feb 2005 - Aug 2006   intelligent “advisors”, (database-agents) to help ensure the
    (1 year 7 months)   application could compete successfully. Deliverables included:
                        paper prototypes, scenarios, personas, wire-frames,
                        interactive-prototypes, user-experience documentation, visual-
                        design, online-brand development.



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                      User Experience and Information Architect - nPower (Worcester,
                      UK)
                      UX & IA design of OBV, (online bill view) a public facing web
                      application allowing nPower domestic customers to view their
                      bills online. SME – small medium enterprise web application
                      allowing nPower business customers to obtain quotes and switch
                      to nPower as their supplier. ABACUS – Suite of internal and
                      public facing applications, (Internet and Intranet) to allow
                      nPower to manage energy prices/tariffis, (intranet
                      application), support call-centre telephone quotes, (2000+ call
                      centre users) and enable potential domestic customers to obtain
                      quotes and switch to nPower, (Internet).

                      Information Architect - Kent County Council (Maidstone, Kent,
                      UK)
                      User-Experience design of eGov applications, (50+). Responsible
                      for task analysis, interaction sequence, style-guides, Msft
                      Sharepoint template design, prototype UI, GIS user-interface
                      design, wire-frames and look and feel. Information Architect
                      and User Experience Design for Kent County Website plus
                      secondary www.kent.gov websites. Responsible for taxonomy,
                      structure, prototypes, personas, scenarios, wire-frames,
                      accessible designs including cognitive disabled targeted
                      designs and style-guides. Intranet design using Sharepoint
                      including Sharepoint style guide and design templates.

                      Various short-term contracts

                      West Midlands Safari Park
                      Information architecture for main public website including all
                      attractions pages, corporate events and eShopping. Deliverables
Aug 2006 - Sep 2007
                      included: information architecture design with site-maps,
           (1 year)
                      template designs, scenarios, usability guidelines, UI mock-ups,
                      visual-design prototypes, multimedia-kiosks UI.
                      PropertyTek
                      User-interface design and functional design of the web-service
                      application called, PropertyTek a content-management
                      application for real estate agents in the UK. Miscellaneous
                      companies
                      User Experience Design for other companies: Agile, Newberry
                      Network, CodeMatrix, bSquare, Scitegic, MediaBin, Vector
                      Networks, STIBO, PostCode Anywhere

                      Director (non exec) iCorporation PLC (West Midlands, UK)
                      Non-executive director, (part-time, no salary) involved in the
                      initial company launch and public offering as well as the
                      functional design of the news-service delivery portal.
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        1994 - 1999    User Experience Consultant - C&A Industries (Nebraska, OH, USA)
( 4 years 3 months)    Design of corporate web-sites, web-portals, and Intranet
                       applications, user-interface design for internal FOXPro
 Jan 2004 - Feb 2005   applications, (Omaha Nebraska). Re-designed the Aureus web-site
    (1 year 1 month)   which is the top recruiting web-site/company for medical
                       professionals in the USA.

                       User Experience Consultant - Solid Source, (Orange County, CA,
                       USA)
                       Complete UI design of a “start-up” new web-services
                       application, (Orange County California) for the veterinary
                       market called, “Practice Veterinary”. Responsible for:
                       usability, visual design, on-line branding. Deliverables
                       included: UI Standards/style-guide, templates, mock-
                       ups/prototypes, business process mapping, scenarios,
                       storyboards, wire-frames. Practice Veterinary was voted “the
                       absolute best” practice management system for Veterinary
                       Practices in the USA by Veterinary Productivity.
           2001-2004
   (3 years approx.)   User Experience Architect - SkillsVillage (San Jose, CA, USA)
                       SkillsVillage (now Oracle). Responsible for the user interface
                       design and information architecture of the SkillsVillage
 Oct 2001 - Dec 2003   Internet Services Procurement application and corporate web-
  (2 years 2 months)   site. Main duties included UX for both the application and
                       corporate web-site. Additional duties, management of the
                       corporate web-site design team.

                       Guest Lecturer – University of California   SC Ext. (San Jose,
June 2001 - Oct 2001   CA, USA)
          (5 months)   Guest lecturer, (part-time) teaching web user interface design
                       for: HTML Publishing for WWW course. Course material produced
                       was published in, HTML Publishing on the Internet, Coriolis.

                       Design Manager (UI) - PeopleSoft (Pleasanton, CA, USA)
                       UX design and work-flow design of the Manufacturing and
                       Distribution product lines. UX enhancements for PeopleTools
                       ,(panel editor and work-flow navigator). Designed interactive
         1999 - 2001   process-maps for the distribution product line. Designed and
           (2 years)   developed a Microsoft Excel application to extract
                       manufacturing plans/schedules from PeopleSoft database and
                       present information to users in a more user-friendly graphical
                       manner. Designed, art-directed the video to launch the
                       manufacturing and distribution product lines which featured the
         1994 - 1999   new PeopleSoft Workflow functionality. This video was broadcast
  (part-time evening   “live” world-wide from the HP Media Lab in Cupertino San Jose,
            classes)   CA.


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                      Senior UI Designer - ASK Computer Systems (Mountain View, CA,
                      USA)
                      Recruited from the UK to Mountain View California to consult
                      and teach the development team at ASK how to design
                      applications using graphical user interfaces, (GUI),
                      Responsible for GUI design of the ADVANCE Manufacturing
                      product, and “self-service” multi-media application for
                      Manman/X, awarded “1993 Company Presidents Award”.

                      Consultant Lead Design UI - Digital Equipment Corp.
                      (Birmingham, UK)
        1991 - 1994   Developed Digital Europe’s first graphical application called
         ( 3 years)
                      ProScheduler designed to plan and schedule resources in process
                      manufacturing companies. Responsible for UI and functional
                      design. Development teams in UK, Italy and Germany. Traveled
                      extensively throughout Europe and USA teaching and
                      demonstrating the benefits of GUI while prototyping solutions.
        1986 - 1991   Used Digital methodologies: RAMS and Top-Mapping to extract
( 4 years 6 months)
                      requirements. ProScheduler was successfully implemented in
                      several companies throughout Europe including Unilever and
                      Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. Active public speaker across
                      Europe and USA especially at IT international events in San
                      Francisco, Boston, Cannes, London.

                      Education
                      HNC          Mechanical Engineering PI.               Central
                      University – UK
                      ONC          Mechanical Engineering            Hall Green Tech –
                      UK
                      Design Cert. Graphic Design & Visual Comms.    University
                      California – USA
                      Certificate Advanced Multimedia Techniques     Stanford
                      University CA – USA
                      Certificate WWW Programming & Design    University California
                      - USA
                      Certificate HCI & User Interface Design        Aaron Marcus
                      Assoc. – USA

                      Alternate Job Titles
                      User Interface Designer, User Experience Consultant,
                      Information Architect, Interaction Designer, Usability
                      Specialist, Human Factors Engineer, Visual Designer.

                      Professional Membership
                      AIFIA, (Asilomar Inst. of Information Architecture), Usability
                      Professionals Assoc.

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