Computer Science Industry Insights – Design Director

Computer Science Industry Insights – Design Director


My name’s Tom Bradley, I’m Design
Director at Code Computerlove. The purpose of my job is to create an
environment where the designers in my team can work alongside our clients to
help them improve their digital products and services. The thing I enjoy most
about my job is helping people achieve their creative potential and
that involves making sure that they have the research and insights that they need,
that the brief is well crafted and the business problem is properly
described, and from there we run creative processes that help people come
up with new ideas. I think it’s magical when you see groups
of people come up with things they wouldn’t have been able to produce on
their own. When I started University I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was
doing computer science and I quickly realised that I was never going to become a
programmer but then I started taking an interest in the design side of things,
but then I found out that visual design wasn’t really the thing that I wanted to
do either; and so I learned that actually there’s a role between those two
disciplines which is about bringing together the design and technology in
order to create user experiences. When I realised you could make a career out of
that I knew that that was what I wanted to do. My advice for students or people
entering the industry is practice makes perfect. You can’t really avoid
practicing your craft you have to get really good at the delivery of one part
of it, so maybe that’s user research or interaction design or something like
that. If you really, really practice that and get good you’re then able to
contribute to a team. But alongside that you’ve also got to take care to develop
relationships and the soft skills that you need in order to work together with
other people, because it’s only if you have those two things that you can
be successful.

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