I love taking ordinary, mundane experiences and transforming them into novel, playful and memorable quotidian delights. I draw on a menagerie of creative modalities – print design, branding, illustration, UI/UX design, motion graphics and tangible making –

to craft dynamite user experiences.

hey! i'm jess –

an experience designer, educator and all-round

playful human. 

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My work currently centres around play, specifically playful methods of engaging end-users with wicked design problems. For the last few years I've worked predominantly in the healthcare space, exploring creative and provocative methods of Participatory Design to collectively imagine the future of healthcare. This playful and exploratory disposition naturally extends to my practice as a UX designer, researcher and educator. Ultimately, I'm in search of any and all experiences that are impactful, idiosyncratic and infectiously fun.

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QUT IVD Graduate Exhibition

Branding + Print Design Manager

things

that i've

done

QUT ARC Toolkit Project

Lead Graphic + UI/UX Designer

Kuuki

Graphic Designer

Ars Electronica Festival

'Teaching City' project

Creative Director

QUT

Associate Lecturer + Unit coordinator

UX Designer

QUT

DXB102 - Visual Communication
DXH803 - Professional Practice for Designers

 

Sessional Tutor

DXB102 - Visual Communication
DXB202 - Image Production
DXB302 - Typographic Design
DXB101 - Design and Creative Thinking
DXB402 - Theories of Visual Communication
KKB342 - Work Integrated Learning
DYB123 - Emerging Design Technology
DVB102 - Image Design and Production
DXH702 - Contemporary Issues in IVD
DXH803 - Professional Practice for Designers
DXH801 - IVD Research Studio 2

​DYB101 - Impact Lab 1

DYB102 - Impact Lab 2

HEAL Lab

Kids Helpline

Western Downs

Regional Council

Metro North

Mental Health

Statewide

Diabetes

Network

people i've

worked with

Ars Electronica

Futurelab

Matrix Design

+ Health

QUT Creative Industries Faculty

Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Queensland University of Technology

knowledge

gathering

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interactive and Visual Design)

Queensland University of Technology

⭑  Graduated with Distinction

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (Interactive and Visual Design)

Queensland University of Technology

⭑  Awarded First Class Honours

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Interactive and Visual Design)

Queensland University of Technology

gold stars

First Year Industrial Design Award

The Emperor's Award

Awarded to the first year ID student with the highest GPA

Awarded to an outstanding project presented at the QUT graduate exhibition by design studio Emperor

IVD Honours Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to one Interactive and Visual Design Honours student annually

Gold DRIVENxDESIGN Brisbane Award for Digital Health

Awarded for my work as Lead Designer on the niggle app for Kids Helpline

Gold DRIVENxDESIGN Sydney Award for Social Design

Awarded for my work as Designer and Illustrator on the COVID Stress + Anxiety Guide

scholarly

stuff

Co-designing mobile help-seeking toolkit with young people: An Australian case study

Zelenko, O., Stoyanov, S., Staneva, A., Hides, L., Sade, G., Dalgelish, J. & Cheers, J. (2018, September). Co-designing mobile help-seeking toolkit with young people: An Australian case study. In K. Christer, C. Craig & D. Wolstenholme (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th European International Conference on Design4Health. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. 

Participatory design: an effective end-user engagement framework to design and develop novel digital interventions

Zelenko, O., Stoyanov, S., Staneva, A., Hides, L., Sade, G., Dalgelish, J. & Cheers, J. (2018, September). Participatory design: an effective end-user engagement framework to design and develop novel digital interventions. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Sofia. 

From being unwell towards wellbeing:

Young people's insights about their recovery journey

Zelenko, O., Stoyanov, S., Staneva, A., Hides, L., Sade, G., Smith, C. & Cheers, J. (Approved). From being unwell towards wellbeing: Young people’s insights about their recovery journey. Journal of Youth Studies.

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