With Adobe Portfolio successfully launched, iterated on, and the next wave of features designed and queud for build. I decided it was time to part company with Behance (Adobe) to take on a new challenge as a Digital Creative Lead. At WeWork I lead a foundation initiative, focussing on design systems, documentation for their digital products, and mentoring a team of digital designers on responsive web design, product design, user experience and best practices for working with engineers to build and ship products/updates.
I moved oversees to the United States at the end of 2014. Nearly one year later I can finally share a sneak peek at what I've been working on in NYC.
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Earlier in 2014, I was head-hunted for a role at Behance in New York City, which is part of the Adobe family. After months of sorting a Visa, I'm now off. I'm sad to leave London, and my friends and family all over the UK. But excited for a new experience in the United States.
I answered some questions for Russian stock image agency, PressFoto's design blog, talking about stock photography, design and my career.
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I'm proud to be on the panel of judges for the 2014 London Surf Film Festival awards. Off the back of me being the Founder/Editor of Club Of The Waves, and I also like to think I can cast my creative eye over the films. Such a privilege and great fun to watch all the film entries!
I was stoked to find myself listed in this article, comparing 8 designers from the UK with 8 from France. They had this to say about me: "One glance over the work from Andrew tells you he's a hard worker with big ideas. All of his projects are UX based, and very easy to navigate. He understands where a user is coming from and how they interact with a website. His design and the front-end built skills are top-notch."
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I was invited to do an interview with Troy Hall, who writes for The New York Times and Artful Club, talking about my work, process, views and more.
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I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself in the Behance Network's curated lists of designers titled "Creatives to Follow". Behance is the world's leading network of designers' portfolios. I aim to live up to their expectations.
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My project (a responsive website) for UK environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage won in the 'Charitable Organisations/Non-Profit' category of the 2013 Lovie Awards, scooping a Silver award (and also the People's Lovie via the public vote). Thanks to all who voted! :) It's the second year in a row I've had a project win in the same category at the Lovies. Believe.in also won Gold in the 'Social & Community' category (I'm a designer at Believe.in).
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From the article: "Looking for inspiration? We've put together a list of some of the best web design portfolios on Behance.net. With almost 30 million portfolio views in the past 30 days, Behance is quickly becoming the place to be for creatives. It's a great place to find new work and creative inspiration from top web designers and agencies. But, with so many of them to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we've done the hard work and picked 20 of the top web design portfolios that are definitely worth a look…"
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A U.S. agency name me in their 'curated list of who we think are the best web designers in the world'. From the article: "Today, you’d think finding a talented freelance web designer would be relatively simple. Unfortunately, it's not that simple… To help online marketers find the best freelance web designers, we’ve taken the time to build a curated list of who we think are the best web designers in the world for 2012."
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Two of my projects have been awarded at the 2nd Annual Lovie Awards, the leading European digital awards. The Protect Our Waves Petition for Surfers Against Sewage won Silver in the 'Charitable Organisations/Non-Profit' category and I-MTB won Bronze in the 'Sports' category. Both projects also won the public People's Lovie vote in their categories. Stoked!
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One of my projects (Club Of The Waves) was shortlisted for awards at the 2011 (and first ever) European Lovie Awards and the British BIMA Awards. The BIMA Awards were established in 1985 to celebrate and showcase the greatest interactive work being undertaken in Britain.
Computer Arts Projects' "Design for the Web" (issue 153) ran a two-page feature on a website for foursquare called "I Voted", which I designed the GUI for. The article covers an interview with (at that time) fellow JESS3 Art Director Robin Richards who designed the site architecture & wireframes, and also the project manager at foursquare; Eric Friedman.
Richards says: "Everything had to be clean and clear so that the user understood the design, making for a fun and enjoyable experience reflecting the identity of foursquare."
Friedman says: "The site turned out better than we imagined it would and we were extremely happy with the result. By showing visually that every vote counts, we were able to inspire how people make a difference in an election."
I was invited by .net magazine (the world's best-selling magazine for web designers & developers) in March 2011 to write a 700 word opinion piece on a subject of my choice. As my work on Club Of The Waves had previously been featured in .net a few issues back, I thought I would follow up with an article on the same subject area; "Personal Projects".
The article is about the importance of doing personal work, in addition to paid client work, as a learning experience and to strike a good balance in your portfolio.
I was thrilled to learn that my work on Club Of The Waves had been featured in the latest issue of .net magazine. Specifically referencing that it was built in HTML5. It was featured in three different places within their showcase section, along with a little quote from me (below).
Club Of The Waves is "an international surfing, surf art, surf photography, history and culture site, showcasing surf artists and surf photographers". It's a personal project of Andrew Couldwell, who explains: "Club Of The Waves is very successful in the search engines, via trial and error over time. From what I could gather from studying the new markup of HTML5, it seemed 'in theory' that it should be more search engine friendly with the clear distinctions of content type. Now time will be the judge."
In November 2010 Club Of The Waves was shortlisted as a nominee at the 2010 Pixel Awards in the Art category. It has since been awarded as the People's Champ! The Pixel Awards were established in 2006, The Pixel Awards take a fresh look at the best on the web. Annually honouring compelling websites that have shown excellence in web design and development. Sites are submitted in 24 diverse categories. Only 24 exceptional sites will win.