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William Kennedy

User Experience Designer

Passionate User Experience Designer,


Interaction Designer and Information Architect

Address: 3 Market Lane Main St Templemore Co. Tipperary

Phone: +353 86 072 7023 Website: http://www.interactionbill.com E-mail: billy@interactionbill.com Twitter: @interactionbill LinkedIn: http://ie.linkedin.com/in/billykennedy

Experience
User Experience Intern at Cisco May 2011 - September 2011 (5 months) Over the summer of 2011, I interned at Cisco Galway (Oranmore) in the User Exerience team. I worked extensively in an agile development environment and with teams in Galway and San Jose through telepresence. My work involved designing user interfaces and wireframes for an upcoming unified communications client from Cisco. I was also involved on the design team which reviewed and redesigned the call forwarding interface. Usability and Design Executive at WebDev Ltd. May 2010 - March 2011 (11 months) I advised on Usability, Design and Social Media for Ireland's largest Online Dating Group. My duties included evaluations, testing and advising. I conducted full site usability reviews and audits for sites such as AnotherFriend.com, SingleParents.ie and OutThere.ie. I advised on user experience and was involved in tracking site metrics such as click through rate, heatmaps and information architecture. Bar Staff and Night Porter at Templemore Arms Hotel May 2004 - May 2010 (6 years 1 month) My main responsibilities included serving drinks and food to customers in a friendly and hospitable way, cleaning the bar area and making sandwiches/paninis for customers. As Night Porter, my duties included serving residents, watching the security cameras, cleaning the bar and reception areas, and monitoring the hotel area.

Education
University of Limerick Bachelor of Science, Digital Media Design, 2007 2011 I am currently studying Digital Media Design at the University of Limerick, a course which focuses highly on HCI, Interaction Design and research as well as practical skills such as Java and C++ programming, Audio production and Video production. Our Lady's Secondary School Leaving Certificate, 2002 2007

Skills
Agile Development SPSS HTML and CSS Heuristic Evaluation Paper Prototyping Video Prototyping SolidWorks 2010 Adobe CS5 C++ Programming Java Programming Web Design Video Production Audio Production User Centred Evaluation Ethnographic Evaluation English French Advanced Advanced Expert Expert Advanced Expert Advanced Expert Basic Basic Expert Advanced Advanced Expert Expert Fluent Basic

Associations and Clubs


Interaction Design Association Sep 2009 Present I attend monthly meetings with the other members where we meet to discuss new technologies, research and solutions in the field of Interaction Design. Thomas McDonagh Pipe Band Aug 2000 Present I have been a drummer with the Thomas McDonagh Pipe band for over eleven years and have both played as a member of and leader of the bands Drum Corps. As a member of the Pipe Band, I have played all over Ireland, New York, and the London St. Patricks Day Parade which our band led in 2011.

Referees:
Mark Congiusta, Senior User Experience Manager, Cisco Systems Phone: 086 886 5982
"I had the good fortune to work with Billy at Cisco Systems when he joined our software user experience team as an intern for the summer. My only complaint with Billy's tenure at Cisco was that it was far too short since he had to return to school to resume his studies ;-) But for the time that he was with us Billy worked as a full-fledged member of our team designing software features, writing Agile user stories and attending regular scrum meetings as well as many other design related tasks, and the best part was the he did them all spectacularly! I highly recommend Billy for his creative approach to problem solving, his great collaboration skills and his unflagging, positive demeanour. I would happily work with Billy again and have no reservations in endorsing him for any digital design or user experience related position."

Awards and Achievements


January 2010 Letter of Recognition from the President of the University in regard to Outstanding Grades in the previous Semester. August 2011 Letter of Recognition from the President of the University in regard to Outstanding Grades in the previous Semester.

Aidan Considine, Sales and Marketing Manager, Anotherfriend.com Webdev Ltd E-mail: aidan@anotherfriend.com
"I worked with and managed Billy over his Co-Op experience from UL. He fitted into the team seamlessly and had a fun and professional attitude. The quality of his work was second to none and always surpassed expectations on tasks. We actually recommended that he should be considered for an award from UL regarding the Co-Op programme. I would have no hesitation recommending Billy to similar roles."

Gabriela Avram, Lecturer and Course Leader, University of Limerick E-mail: gabriela.avram@ul.ie