About

I am a user experience (UX) designer and a musician. I play cello and piano and am a founding member of the ShhArt Ensemble, Pantalaimon duo, and Betwixt music series.

I have a Bachelor of Music (specialising in Performance) and a Masters in IT (specialising in Human-Computer Interaction), both from the University of Cape Town. I also have an Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Performance (ABRSM).

As a cellist and chamber musician I've played for masterclasses with musicians including Maria Kliegel, Lynn Harrell, Marian Lewin, Farida Bacharova and Jill Richards. I have extensive experience as an orchestral player in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and am a former member of the South African National Youth Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Orchestra (UK). I collaborate regularly as a performer and composer with South African musicians including Galina Juritz, Matthijs van Dijk and Cara Stacey.

As a UX designer my career includes educational technology, open source and traditional publishing, front-end development, project management, UX training and e-commerce experience. I'm a published author and have spoken at the UX South Africa conference. I currently work for the largest e-commerce store in South Africa as a senior UX designer. I strongly believe that human-centred, inclusive design makes the world a better place. I apply this design philosophy (along with my start-up and corporate experience) to my work as both a UX designer and a musician.

When I’m not drawing paper prototypes and grumbling about bad UX on Twitter, I hang out with my two cool Collies, drink wine and watch too much Netflix.