Website Transformation Project Manager
Jo has been an absolute pleasure to work with and a central member of the Website Transformation project at Southbank Centre.
She's a fantastic, user-orientated digital designer with brilliant inter-personal and communication skills; she confidently leads wireframing sessions and presents designs and prototypes to senior stakeholders, explaining how design decisions were made and the user needs whilst avoiding any alienating jargon.
She has also been an informal agile coach for the team, ensuring we uphold agile processes as ScrumMaster, a role in which her exceptional organisational skills were on full show. Her ability to find practical solutions to complex problems enabled her to overcome the tensions around integrating design and UX in sprint, establishing pragmatic workflow processes which mean't that the technical team always had development-ready designs to work from as and when they were needed.
Jo would be a massive asset to any project or team. I really hope I have the chance to work with her again in the future.
Head of Digital Solutions
Few designers manage to create digital products which combine a fantastic design aesthetic with an intuitive understanding of user needs, Jo does exactly this.
I managed Jo as part of the digital function at Southbank Centre and worked on a number of successful projects with her. Jo was an integral part of the team which built the new Southbank Centre website. During the later stages of the project Jo became Scrum Master for the team, a role she accomplished incredibly quickly. Jo built up her own design and UX team which instantly became a real asset to Southbank Centre.
I was particularly impressed by Jo’s ability to adapt to rapidly to changing internal circumstances whist still keeping a relentless focus on user needs. Her ability to handle even the toughest stakeholders effortlessly and with a sense of perspective was a real asset to me.
Jo is constant thinker, she is always keen to revisit her design practice and how it could work better within Scrum framework. Jo would be a fantastic asset to any digital team or project, large or small. Given the opportunity I would work again with Jo in an instant.
Jo's contribution to the team as a digital-first designer has been invaluable.
Working with Jo has been an absolute pleasure. Her commitment to the agile process, usability and user-testing has helped the team build beautiful and functional products. Undaunted by the technical jargon Jo has also acted as scrum master with great results.
I sincerely hope we get to work together in the future.
Web Content Manager
Jo is great. It's that simple! She's clear and direct, which makes her very easy to work with. She knows how to lead with confidence - and can hold her own when it comes to difficult discussions with stakeholders. But she is also very much a team player - I very much enjoyed working as her scrum colleague during Southbank Centre's website transformation project. She has a huge amount of knowledge about digital design and UX (I learnt a lot from her). And a methodical, strategic brain. There is always a logic behind her design approach.
I worked with Jo at Southbank Centre on developing the identity for the Imagine Children's Festival. It was great working with Jo on the project as she is a brilliant designer, great to work with, patient and most importantly believes passionately in the integrity of an idea.
All the way through the project Jo ensured that the original design idea stayed at the heart of the campaign and although there were changes along the way, these never compromised the design output. As well as this Jo also ensured that the design was able to work digitally and in physical spaces across Southbank Centre so that the experience for audiences was consistent.
Ultimately the campaign was a success and it's a testament to Jo that the same visual identity is still live now and has been used for the last three years and continues to be developed.
Senior Design Lead
Jo embodies both design aesthetic and pragmatism, achieving great design solutions within an agile framework (never an easy thing to achieve). Her experience within the team was incredibly valuable to create an excellent collaborative environment.
Working with her across UI and UX, she has the knowledge of what users want to create great experiences. It was truly a pleasure to work on the project (Southbank Centre's new website) with her.
Founder and Editor
The brief was to design the brand and website from scratch. Jo not only created a sleek brand which really captured the essence of what the website stood for, but exceeded my expectations in every way.
Jo is very creative, approachable and professional. She is also extremely patient, thorough and meticulous; she gave me plenty of advice and support throughout the website’s development and continues to do so.
The design, navigation and backend usability are all user-friendly and it is because of Jo’s work that we have feedback on how user-friendly and amazing the website looks from the likes of Richard Branson, make-up artist Jemma Kidd and jeweller Zara Simon
Softworld Marketing Manager
Jo has worked on four exhibition marketing campaigns for me and I’ve been consistently impressed with the efficiency, quality and creativity of her output.
Jo is very easy to work with and arrived quickly at a design which met the brief to a high standard.
Jo’s work is top notch and she delivers well thought out, eye catching designs. I wouldn’t hesitate to call on her for future campaigns.
Awards and Annual Publishing Manager
I was delighted that Jo was available to work with me on the 600 page D&AD Annual, a major project requiring consistency and commitment.
Jo was instrumental in turning around a large volume of pages each day over her two month period with us.
Personality wise, Jo fitted in beautifully with the rest of the D&AD Awards team with her cheery and upbeat nature. Having worked with Jo previously, I was very pleased that I got her on board for the D&AD Annual and wouldn’t hesitate to do so in future.
Jo and I first worked together collaborating on events for YARNfest back in 2011.
Since then, she has been my go-to designer for all print requirements, supporting us with a very successful rebrand of the Underwire Festival for the 2011 edition. Her work is impecable, taking a brief accurately but moving beyond specifications with flair always creating something exceptional rather than expected. I anticipate each draft of work from Jo with excitement! I hope we will have a long-standing relationship across all my cinema and digital projects.
From our rather sketchy first brief, Jo turned out strong ideas and detailed rationales for colour and typefaces quickly and consistently in order to position the creative work in the best way.
She was always on hand to talk through the key objectives and creative pathways presented. Jo was very professional at tracking amends and offering creative solutions once a review had taken place and her quirky and detailed approach to thinking is matched with a gracious and genuine care to “get it right”.
Feeding back and covering all bases before I asked the questions was an added bonus. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Jo again, as she is adaptable and committed, and I look forward to getting her on board to lead projects again in the future.
Jo worked with us on two products for very different audiences and gave us solutions that were equally effective.
Jo has all the best qualities of a designer: creativity, flexibility, high standards and excellent communication skills. She also has great patience with people changing their minds!
Not content with just getting the job done, Jo thinks hard about design and works on solutions until she is satisfied with it. I definitely recommend her.
I worked with Josephine for a couple of years at Time Out in London.
During that period she proved to be an incredibly creative individual, always brimming with ideas but eager to take on board suggestions from editors, too.
Although I did not manage Josephine directly, it was obvious to me that she was incredibly patient with junior members of her team, thanks to her superior communication skills.
All in all, Jo was a delight to work with.