Coalesce
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richard@coalescecreate.com 0739853025

Mulit-disciplinary Freelancer

Richard Herries graduated Industrial Design in Wellington, New Zealand in 2005 and moved to Sweden that same year in pursuit of a Swede. After learning the language and proposing a simple application to IKEA a change of careers was inline. Web was my world with endless possiblities. After graduating from Hyper Island in 2012 I landed at Young/Skilled. Working primarily as a senior front-end developer and UX designer.

Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to create my first web application and enter into freelancing. Currently looking for work in UX & web development under the name Coalesce.

Evidence

Below is a selection of products that I’ve worked on during my time at Y/S. Below is a key to understand the various roles I’ve had in the projects.

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Screen shot of Sandberg & Timonen project
Screen shot of Sandberg & Timonen project
Screen shot of Sandberg & Timonen project

Sandberg & Timonen

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Brief

Sandberg & Timonen wanted a website that could be used as a way to show their portfolio with their work always being in focus. Primarily it needed to be easily updated and they wanted their website to be light fast and even offline.

Solution

Wordpress backend + Application Cache.

Challenges

Running the site as a one page application with a total payload of over 50MB in images. Being able to update the application when articles are edited in Wordpress. Negotiating the shortcommings of Safari iOS with navigation close to the edges.

Screen shot of Our Legacy project
Screen shot of Our Legacy project
Screen shot of Our Legacy project

Our Legacy

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Brief

Create a fully stretch responsive website. Apply best practices regarding UX of e-commerce websites but maintaining the duality of a brand's website. Template flexibility was important to give Our Legacy the tools to create unique mood boards.

Solution

Silk - Y/S e-commerce solution

Challenges

Making the minimal heavy lined website fit every screen width. Making the user journey clean and easy to purchase products.

Screen shot of Emeco project
Screen shot of Emeco project
Screen shot of Emeco project
Screen shot of Emeco project

Emeco

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Brief

Emeco wanted to get their website to be more modern. They wanted their enormous wealth of knowledge and thought process visible on the website. It is important to also should the breadth of range that Emeco has.

Solution

Silk - Y/S e-commerce solution

Challenges

Get the user to see the range of inspiration that Emeco has in it's image banks. Work with two major customer groups of Emeco, professionals (architects, press) and the home owner.

Other Projects

Other projects that I have been involved with that I'm more than happy to go into depth over a tea.

5 jQuery plugins. Some new ideas on how a CMS should work with wireframes and a prototype. Gulp frontend development build processes.

Manifest

Design is about contrasts and defined movements there is no middle ground and nothing is left to chance. Beautiful things aren't semi-glossy they are a combination of gloss and matte. Likewise when interacting with a product interactions should be decided. Does it fade? Then it fades fast or super slow. Does it slide then it slides fast or super slow. Medium to slow feels like it's heavy, badly coded and undecided delaying the user from achieving their goals. Fast shows that it is tight and light. Super slow is there for effect it’s used for non-essential background effects and to give a page depth. Never ever keep the user waiting longer than they need to.

Design is relies upon metaphors pulling references from the world around us. We try to imitate nature. Things don't appear out of thin air. They grow, expand & move. We in web have a page load which is a jarring experience, a little like Alice in Wonderland. You climb into the rabbit hole and you come out somewhere else. You may end up where you expected, you may come to a 404, you simply don't know. Transitions/animations make that transition of where the fuck am I a little easier and how to get back a whole lot more safer.

While there is a lot more to user experience than this. All you need to know is that I know this and I will do my utmost to alleviate friction for your users. Whether it be in the code that I write or the wireframes I create.