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Jess Ridgers

Industrial Designer and Researcher

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Jess is a passionate human-centred designer who works with people to understand real user needs.

A bit more about Jess

Jess supports our product design and user engagement work.  Jess has recently led a project around the design of an audio based prompting device for people living with dementia.  She has also recently been working on the design of an interface for an autonomous vehicle for the FLOURISH project and running a series of workshops with Carers UK to understand some of the key challenges of caring for someone living with a challenging health condition.

Qualifications

Product Design BSc (Hons) First class degree, Brunel University (2013)

Experience

Industrial Designer and Researcher at Designability (2013 – present)

Industrial Designer at Lamb Industries

Freelance Product and Graphic Designer (TOP UK and Lamb Industries)

External Design Practitioner at the Evelina Children’s Hospital: Research and design development of a therapeutic product for children living with cerebral palsy.  Also facilitated and hosted a design exhibition called Inspired Innovations at Evelina and St Thomas’ Hospital to highlight the benefits of inclusive design and collaborations between hospital staff and designers

Design Assistant in Homecare Innovation at Reckitt Benckiser

Further work experience: Shadow on Thames (Graphic Design Assistant), Hibbert Harwood (Product Designer), MEX Mobile UX Symposium (Concept Visualisation Assistant)

Expertise and interests

  • Human centred design: ethnographic research, human factors, methods and applications. Translating user-driven insights into design solutions/recommendations
  • Sketching: concept visualisation, stylising and idea generation
  • Graphic design/Illustration: 2D Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, 3D modelling (SolidWorks)
  • Educator: Experienced in delivering classes to students and young adults around human-centred design
  • Modelling: aesthetic models and prototypes
  • Experience collaborating with end users living with a disability