My greatest asset is my inquisitive nature. Curiosity fuels my thinking and approach to design.

About me
Portrait of Tom Gillan on the beach

Currently, Iā€™m working as a designer at New Graphic, where I focus on UX and UI design as well as research, brand, and motion design.

My experience working in design studios has exposed me to various working methods and enabled me to create exceptional user-centred design in fast-paced environments. Empathy is key to my approach; understanding user and strategic goals are central to my work.

I am passionate about design and how it can improve lives. I enjoy a challenge and learning new things. When I'm not designing, I enjoy reading, skateboarding, and getting photos taken of me at the beach.

My approach

Step 1

Research and empathize

When I'm designing, it is always done with others in mind. Research allows me to move beyond personal insights and understand the problems users face.

Step 2

Innovate and design

Transforming insights into ideas is where the magic happens. I favour an iterative approach emphasising exploration, which allows me to arrive at novel solutions.

Step 3

Prototype and test

Testing allows me to answer questions like, will it work? Will people like it? And often, how crucially can we make it better.

More about me
Education

Current student
Msc User experience design
IADT 2020 ā€“ 2022

1st class honors
BA Visual communications design
IADT 2015 ā€“ 2019

Experience

New Graphic
Designer
March 2020 ā€“ Present

Studio AAD
Digital design intern
Autum 2019

Pixel Design
Web design intern
Summer 2019

IADT
Freelance motion designer
Summer 2018

Motyf
Freelance motion designer
Summer 2018

Bray Tourism
Freelance wayfinding designer
Summer 2018

Brand New Creative
Graphic design Intern
Summer 2018

FAVOURITE BOOKS

Thinking fast and slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari

Tiny Habits
by BJ Fogg

Hooked
by Nir Eyal

Influence
by Robert J.Cialdini

Type plus
by Yves Peters

Typography: Macro and Microaesthetics
by Willi Kunz

Brand new: The shape of brands to come
by Wally Olins