I am the Creative Director at a London startup called Evently. We're changing how the world discovers events. Previously, I was the Lead Designer with another London startup called EDITD. We did big data for the fashion industry.
Working with startups allows me dabble in a little bit of everything — from customer development and marketing, to usability research and front-end development. I like to understand how the "whole thing" works so that I can make better design decisions.
When not doing this at Evently, I mentor other early-stage startups over at Seedcamp and Lean Launch Pad at Oxford's Said Business School.
Way back in the day I founded my own design agency, O'Rourke Design, and got the chance to put my name above the door. For four years I worked with some amazing clients, like Web Summit and Microsoft, then put it all on ice to move to startup land.
Before O'Rourke Design I worked for the Irish Times, ran Rock the Vote (Ireland), edited Trinity News and won some journalism and design awards.
I believe everything I have done so far has been storytelling of one kind or another. I like it that way.
If you're interested in ramblings about design you can follow me on Twitter and if you like pictures of food you should follow me on Instagram.
“I asked myself, what advice would I be giving to someone else in my position? And what I'd be saying — no, yelling — is "Ship it! Get feedback! Stop faffing!"”
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