Scott Campbell joined our team as a Junior Designer in January and has been hard at work creating visually compelling products for our clients. We sat down with him to learn more about what he does, why he decided to join Border Crossing UX and what drives his inspiration.
What do you do at Border Crossing UX?
I am a Junior Designer. I work alongside our UX Director Francois, to solve problems and create visual designs that are functional, intuitive, and sleek.
What kind of projects have you previously worked on?
I previously worked freelance as a Visual Designer, working in a wide variety of jobs and styles for different clients. These included branding, motion graphics, website design, app design and animated lyric videos. There is really no limit to what I love creating.
What made you want to work in User Experience?
What I love about User Experience is how there is a constant flow of work to be done. There are always new methods to keep up with and I really enjoy having the chance to constantly create something new.
I also enjoy making people happy. So, if there is a chance to create something that makes someone’s day a little easier then sign me up.
What attracted you to join Border Crossing UX?
The size of the team was a big part of why I applied, as I did not want to work for a huge company. I wanted to be a part of a “family,” so-to-speak, which is exactly how I have felt since the day I started. The team at Border Crossing UX really wants to bring out the best in junior team members and provide them with the opportunity to grow into amazing User Experience Specialists.
I was also drawn to the testimonials on the website, as the companies that Border Crossing UX have worked with are really interesting. The chance to work with all these amazing companies around the world was something I really wanted to be a part of.
What has been the biggest surprise so far?
The biggest surprise so far has been the amount of work and detail that goes into the projects being produced. I just love that the whole team gets to be involved in the design process, which allows for fresh perspective and collaboration. This ensures that we produce the best possible outcome for the client and users.
What has been your favourite part of the job so far?
My favourite part has been my first brief, which involved working on a project in automotive financing. As someone who is very enthusiastic about cars, to have my first project be related to my passion was simply great. Working to improve a product that I love and making it easier for users to access has been very exciting.
As a designer, being allowed to work on Windows instead of Mac was a huge plus too!
Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to working on more briefs and creating relationships with diverse types of clients. It’s an opportunity to create products that I may not initially know much about, but then have the chance to become an expert on.
What would be your dream design project to work on?
My dream project would be to create a website for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. Ideally, they would also allow me to borrow the vehicle to gain a deeper feel for the product so that I could reflect that in my designs. Being able to create products, designs, visual elements and have inputs of my visual design for such a project would be amazing.
Did you have a specific moment when you knew that design was what you wanted to do?
I struggled finding what I enjoyed at school until we started Graphic Communication. That was when I finally had a teacher that appreciated my creativity and work, who showed me that this was something that I could do as a career. She was such an inspiration and has had such an impact on my career so far.
From that moment on, all I wanted was to be a designer.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Music provides me with a lot of design inspiration, and I always feel in my element when listening to music.
What is your go-to song to get you into the creative mindset?
This question is quite hard for me, as I have an endless number of favourite songs and my taste in music is very broad. However, if I had to pick only one song to get me into a creative mindset, it would be ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ by Tears for Fears.
You are an Edinburgh native and live in East Lothian. What is your favourite place to visit in the region?
The East Lothian coastal road is an incredibly beautiful drive and something I never get bored of. Gullane has some beautiful places for quiet walks with the dog and to catch amazing sunsets.
In terms of restaurants, my favourite would be ‘The Bonnie Badger’ in Gullane, which serves great steaks.