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Working at Zone

Have started a 16 week contract with the brilliant Zone – the largest independent agency in the UK and BIMA Agency of the year


Mat Venn – available from the 1st July 2017

After 18 months of innovative creative mobile apps work at Virgin Active, I am moving on. Will be available for lead creative/art direction roles for mobile apps and digital transformation projects


Working at Virgin Active

virgin active mobile

Am now working at Virgin Active as mobile design consultant on iOS and Android native apps, mobile UX and innovation


Blog

On Robots and Automation

Posted: November 8, 2017

I came across an article on Ocados robotic picking facility

The tech is impressive but this was my takeaway… (Medium Post)


Death of the (pixel) perfect source files

Posted: November 2, 2017

Hiring people: If you are asking for designers with ‘pixel perfect’ skills, then you are doing it wrong… (Medium Post)


Ten reasons why you should hire me

Posted: August 2, 2017

Ten reasons why you should hire me

Based around answers I have given to my favourite interview questions, I have put together a list


Prose

The Brief

The first steps of any project require an understanding that conceptual thinking and design theory are one thing, but honing the brief and structure is fundamental to the inception of a succesful project. Unlocking the potential is the key


Mobile Principles

I use the following principles to inform my process and decision making when designing products for mobile


Preparing for Apple Watch

Since the announcement of the Apple Watch, application designers need to consider the following


Code

tvOS

TvOS was announced on September 9, 2015 at the Apple September 2015 event


Zeplin

Zeplin is a great way to hand over design work to developers without having to make a build book. It works seamlessly with Sketch and saves all your mark up to the cloud


Telephone number URIs – best practice

Now when browsing on mobile devices that have the ability to make calls, people can click on phone numbers in web pages or HTML emails, or links in native apps and their device will make a call. The same is true


Work

Case Study – Virgin Active native apps

Virgin Active mobile app - Hero

In February 2016 I came to Virgin Active as part of a specialist native mobile team. The iPhone app had been designed and built by a 3rd party and there were a variety of issues


Case Study – NatWest for Apple Watch

NatWest for Apple Watch

Back in March 2015 the RBS native apps team at SapientNitro was briefed to design an app for Apple Watch for NatWest


Case Study – Clippet

Clippet

In January 2014 I was approached by the lovely people at FiveFootSix to help design an app for a new startup called Clippet, which they had completed the superb branding for


Tweets

RT @matvenn: Invisions new Studio screen design app is going to be completely FREE: https://t.co/CDhdHAJS3K

The Humility-Confidence SeeSaw: The Untold Secret of Great Leaders https://t.co/Xs64QwL5u7

RT @matvenn: Why online shoppers abandon their baskets and how to stop them https://t.co/uXpG5uTqLE via @Econsultancy

RT @matvenn: I just published “Death of the (pixel) perfect source files” https://t.co/CJyVxSRX4W

Woebot uses CBT to help you with depression https://t.co/7Tv3eDJ1uP

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