Let's create something new.

I'm Mark Boyes-Smith. User experience designer by trade, I bring to the table a sharp eye for design, expert development skills and extensive industry experience with agile development teams.


Leadership

At heart, I'm a people person. I find strength in the knowledge of a team and believe that a teams success lies entirely in its morale.

Many of my clients invite me to help them culture in-house design teams and nurture a collaborative creative environment. Usually, this involves a good deal of recruitment planning and coaching.

UX design

I’m a big believer in mobile first, responsive design; making the most of the low fidelity prototypes to understand the broader usability concerns and then completing the design in-the-browser so refine interaction patterns.

Sketch is my preferred weapon of choice for graphics, icons, and wireframes, although Photoshop is an excellent fallback for more complex graphics.

UI development

Clients typically hire me to bridge the gap between user experience design and UI development. Coming from a strong technical background, I love to roll up my sleeves and work alongside development teams.

With many clients I find it useful to introduce coded pattern libraries; not only do they allow us to refine and evolve an approach to user experience, but they also ease the transition of design from concept to production.

Mark is an exciting, dynamic professional...

who constantly strives to innovate and develop new ideas. Mark has the vision to put himself in the mind of the end user and to create first class user-centered designs.

Gail Parker

Design director - Sky Sports

It's rare you get to work with someone of Mark's calibre...

From the outset of the project, Mark's designs were fantastic. He also has the ability to translate these designs into technical, quality output...

Chris Preece

Scrum master - Hitachi Capital

Bridging the gap between
design and development

Design tools

Sketch
Photoshop
Invision
Balsamiq
Axure

Development tools

HTML
CSS & SaSS
Angular 2+
jQuery
Webpack

Setting the bar for customer experience

An incredibly complex project, I worked with EE to help redefine their online presence. Through solid design principles that promoted consistency across devices - we did just that.

The design is superb and the whole project was delivered weeks ahead of our deadline...

Mark showed real dedication to our business and we know we got so much more than we expected. Mark has shown he understands our business and has designed a website that matches our own aspirations of greatness!

Ed Bartlett

CEO - Kykloud

Kind notes from clients

"He is a talented professional and produced work that was technically very sound - well designed and brilliantly executed."

"His technical design and build responsibilities on a number of our innovation engagements with clients were highly regarded and praised. Mark is a great team player and reliably produces excellent quality work…"

"Choosing to work with Mark was a no-brainer. He showed understanding of what I was looking to achieve and quickly showed profound initiative and imagination."

"Throughout the project Mark has been a great guide as to the best direction to go, with communication being fluent, the project was able to forward at a great pace. I look forward to working with Mark going forward…"

"It's rare you get to work with someone of Mark's calibre. From the outset of the project, Mark's designs were fantastic. He also has the ability to translate these designs into technical, quality output."

"From wireframes, to mock-ups, to pattern libraries, to quality responsive webpages, right through to complex JS/ Angular 2 data manipulation, Mark took it all in his stride."

Academic background

University of York

Bachelors Degree

BEng Computer Science 2:1

1st class dissertation - Furthering the field of knowledge on facial composition with 3D face shape and 2D facial texture mapping.


Prior Pursglove College

A Level

Mathematics (A)

Computing (A)

Psychology (C)


Nunthorpe School

GCSE

12 GCSEs (A* - A)

Including Mathematics, Statistics, English, Sciences, Business & Music


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