2016 has been a funny year. We’ve had a few very dubious political decisions, a slew of celebrity deaths and we’ve seen Brighton and Hove Albion narrowly missing out on promotion to the premier league. For me personally it’s been quite an eventful year.
The year started with a lingering hangover from returning to the UK after spending the latter part of 2015 in Sydney. Moving from Bondi beach in the summer, to winter on the south coast of England wasn’t an easy transition to make! Before too long though I’d settled back into things here, and took on some great projects with Fresh Egg and also picked up some really interesting freelance ones. I ran some UX and Analytics training sessions, both for individuals and also in-house for some highly successful agencies.
I was also involved in organising UX Camp Brighton 2017. It’s always fun to work on this event as my fellow organisers are a good bunch to work with. The event went well, despite a few organisational hiccups(!) and we got some great feedback.
Out of the blue I had the opportunity to go back to Sydney in the spring. Despite the fact that they were heading towards winter, and it meaning I’d miss the end of the football season here, I made a return to the other side of the world to work with the Fresh Egg Sydney team again. This was initially going to be for two months, then four months, but ended up being three months due to visa issues. It was great being back in Sydney, which is still stunning, even during their ‘winter’. Sydney is an amazing place and I’m planning on heading back out there at some point in the future.
Whilst out in Sydney I got an email which would shape a lot of my free time for the rest of the year. The publisher Sitepoint got in touch and asked if I wanted to write a book. It wasn’t something I’d considered doing before, but after mulling it over for a while I decided to go for it. Now, a short six months later, that book is finished and available to buy.
I returned to the UK and continued writing the book and working with the Fresh Egg guys in the UK. During the latter months of the year I worked on some big projects with some really interesting clients. It’s a real privilege to work with such a fine team at Fresh Egg, and I continue to learn a lot from them.
The annual UX Brighton conference took place in November, and saw a host of excellent talks from a wide range of speakers. I managed the volunteers for the event; a great group of people who ensured that the event went very smoothly. It was good to have the conference back after a year’s break and plans are already in progress for next year.
As the year came to a close there was still time for me to give a talk at the first EMC Digital conference at Brighton Corn Exchange, help some friends out with various web projects, write a guest post for “the world’s most popular conversion optimisation blog” and also begin planning for 2017.
Next year looks set to be another busy one. There are a couple of side projects that I’m working on, and I want to get back into running more regular UX and Analytics training. I’ll continue to work with Fresh Egg on a range of CRO/UX projects, and I’ll hopefully fit in a holiday somewhere along the line too.
Please get in touch if you want to work with me in 2017 🙂