Hi! I'm Walter, a UX designer based in New Zealand.

I work between research, design, code, and lots of experimental tech to build and ship things that help people.

on the interwebs

Behance / Dribbble / GitHub / itch.io

Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn / Messenger

Work

Featured work & projects

The Swiftly website in use

Swiftly

Online Store Builder
Apr 2020 → Now

→ swiftly.nz
→ Case study

Swiftly is a simple web app that helps small stores start selling online in minutes. Responsible for UX research, design, and frontend in a team of three.

As of August 2020, Swiftly has helped 850+ small businesses in New Zealand collectively earn over $200,000 NZD since launching at a hackathon on the 24th of April 2020.

User Research / UX Design / Frontend Development

The Voluntarily website on Desktop, Mobile, and Tablet

Voluntarily

FOSS Volunteering Platform
Jan 2019 → Aug 2020

→ voluntarily.nz
→ GitHub Repository

Voluntarily is an open source web app that connects skilled volunteers with classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and design in schools.

As a design lead, I was responsible for UX research, design, and a good chunk of frontend development on the platform. Trained junior developers and designers who contributed work to the open source project, and reviewed PRs on production code.

User Research / UX Design / Frontend Development

a snapshot of my work around ubiquity marketing software

Ubiquity

Marketing Automation Tool
Nov 2017 → Jan 2019

→ ubiquity.co.nz

UbiQuity is a marketing automation platform. It programatically sends emails, texts, push notifications, forms, surveys, chat messages, etc to customers on behalf of companies you interact with daily.

As a UX designer, I explored new features, designed platform usability improvements, and transitioned the design team out of the Adobe suite into Sketch + Abstract + Invision for prototyping, testing, and handoff.

UX Research & Design / Data Visualization / Tutorial Development

Three screenshots of flatbot in use

Flatbot

Sniper Chatbot
Dec 2017 → Jul 2019

Flatbot is a chatbot that helps friends and colleagues spend less time for a place to rent. Performs auction sniping on desirable rental listings. Developed on the Facebook messenger platform. Responsible for design.

Peaked at 100+ users on Messenger purely through word of mouth, but ended up neglected as we explored other pursuits and projects. Discontinued July 2019.

Chatbot UX & Design

Data visualization work

Qrious

Multiple Teams & Projects
Jan 2017 → Jan 2019

→ qrious.co.nz

Qrious helps organisations utilize spatial information to create human-friendly insights into how people use the space around them. Most of the work we did benefited local government, as well tourism and transport sector customers.

As their first design hire, I supported multiple internal and external product teams by improving UX processes, as well as facillitating faster design decisions.

UX Research & Design / Data Visualization / REDACTED

the mighway landing page

Mighway

Campervan Rental Platform
Mar 2016 → Jan 2017

→ mighway.com

Mighway is a peer-to-peer motorhome platform that connects motorhome owners with tourists who wanted to rent their vehicles.

As a design intern, I negotiated designs between product, development and marketing teams on a redesign of their onboarding, booking, and internal systems.

UX Research & Design

Experiments

Weird projects, side projects, and proof of concept tech demos

status page demonstration

Check On

Emergency dashboard that keeps communities informed. It aggregates data from public and private data sources. Built to learn about public datasets for the GovHack 2020 hackathon.

a swearing robot monkey that takes away $5 of your money every time you swear

Swearsies

Swear jar that transfers $5 into your savings account every time your device hears you swear. Built to experiment with Google ML services, and banking APIs for the 2019 BankEngine Hackathon.

online VR game with evil grumpy space cats

Pew Pew VR

Mobile VR game where you make PEW PEW noises with your mouth to play. Available on the Play Store. Built to play with the unity microphone API at the KiwiJam 2019 Game Jam.

online multiplayer game

Quick Maths

40-player educational multiplayer math deathmatch in the browser. Built to learn about Websockets and the Canvas API at the KiwiJam 2020 Game Jam

Anti Adblocking technology

Webcam Anti-Adblocker

Working browser implementation of the adblocker from the Black Mirror TV Show. Uses your webcam to tell you to keep watching ads if you stop watching.

Virtual reality musical instrument

Matter VR

Unity VR experience where you make music with gestural hand controls using a Leap Motion sensor. Built as an excuse to experiment with hand tracking systems and VR.

Source Code