Due to the nature of my roles at Microsoft and Adobe many of the projects I've worked on since 2007 are strictly confidential. Consequently, I can't publicly share my best work from the past decade and only a very limited selection of mostly older work is shown here in my portfolio.

Adobe / Microsoft




UX Design Showreel Teaser. Full version coming soon (maybe).
Music by Thismanslife - "Give Me Contrast"

Clients / Agencies / Audiences

  • Adobe logo
  • Microsoft logo
  • Vodafone logo
  • Philips logo
  • NHS logo
  • Morgan Stanley logo
  • Sky logo
  • Unilever logo
  • RBS logo
  • Boots logo
  • BNP Paribas logo
  • BBC logo
  • PC World logo
  • Habitat logo
  • Société Générale logo
  • Saint Gobain logo
  • Coors logo
  • Rabobank logo
  • Advertising Week logo
  • CES logo
  • Cannes Lions Festival logo
  • Nissan logo
  • Procter & Gamble logo
  • Sony logo

Microsoft / Re-thinking Advertising / 2014

Steven Webster presenting our work at Adobe, San Francisco, 2014.

Analytics Data Visualisation / Concepts / 2011

Online Trading Community / Concepts / 2011

Compliance Data Explorer / Concepts / 2011

Morgan Stanley Matrix / Trading Platform / 2008–2010

IXDA Interaction Awards 2012

Disrupting - Shortlist

User Experience Awards 2011


Adobe Max Awards 2009


Adobe eBanking / Concept / 2007

For lack of a better title


A bit on the side


www.thismanslife.co.uk has been online since the turn of the century. Scroll back in time, revisiting the history of its evolution, and reminisce about how web design (and monitors) evolved over the last 20+ years.

So you need a video to fit in your responsive layout but don't know how to get it scaling in proportion? This simple tool calculates an intrinsic ratio and generates code to make your videos scale responsively with simple CSS.

Phiculator was a dashboard widget for Mac OSX, which given any number, calculated the corresponding number according to the golden ratio. Apple removed the dashboard feature from the Mac operating system in 2019, and as as such, Phiculator is only available for older systems.

Who is this man?


James Mellers, possibly the most handsome man on the planet

James Mellers, possibly the most handsome man on the planet

UX/UI Designer based in Edinburgh, with a diverse background working on projects across Europe and the USA for Adobe and Microsoft. Want to know more? Get in touch.

During my 5 years at Microsoft I was part of Studio 415/XD working on redacted before moving to the Office team to design a modernised and simplified UI for Office Online.

With extensive industry-spanning experience, I have broad practical abilities across the spectrum of design. From overall experience architecture to interaction details, I use design to frame problems, envisage solutions and translate ideas from concept into reality. I enjoy the exploration and definition of problems, conducting research, applying divergent thinking, envisioning ideas, testing with users, iterating, refining, and ultimately the hands-on craft of design production and delivery.

Working across desktop, mobile, web and beyond, my primary strengths are in visual design, interface design, interaction design, prototyping, and design systems. I also enjoy tinkering in code, tweaking nuances of animation and obsessing over details.

You should follow @thismanslife


I've used thismanslife as a URL and online pseudonym since the turn of the century, when I held this corner of the web for personal publishing, micro-blogging back before the days of Twitter 𝕏 and such. Over time it evolved into a place to publish personal work; design, illustration and photography.

Today, this site acts as both a portfolio and a digital dumping ground for things I make, photos I take and CSS rules I break.


An Englishman in Scotland, living beside the seaside with my family and our awesome dog. I like music, films and taking photos, mostly of the beach, my dog, or my dog on the beach.