Blackbeard Design.
Designing Digital for Social Impact

ABOUT US

Blackbeard is a pioneering User Experience Design Company on a mission to support and solve Health and Social Care issues with digital products that are empathetically designed for end users.  We specialise in understanding the motivations and lived experiences of the user to create digital products that solve your clients’ problems in an engaging, satisfying way. 

At Blackbeard we take a collaborative approach to the co-production of our digital solutions.
We take the time to understand you and your needs. We work with you and partners throughout the process from inception, planning to our design process, creating products that are not only empathetic to users, but also to your organisation.

Our Design Process.

Our process brings together Designers, Psychologists & Developers. Working in synergy to define and develop a sustainable and engaging solution.

1

Discover.

At the start of our process, we'll take the time to listen to your problem and understand your difficulties, before empathetically investigating, observing & interacting with end users & stakeholders to fully understand their roles, relationships and environment.

2

Define.

The valuable data gathered within the Discover phase will offer insights into defining the motivations of your users, ensuring that we can design to their core drives, ultimately giving them meaning and purpose to engage with your digital product. This phase ends with a data-rich analysis report outlining user motivations, purpose and defined problem.

3

Ideate.

Here we begin to conceptually design, think and develop potential solutions based on the insights of your users - and aligning these to the needs of the organisation - we will work collaboratively with you to think big when exploring potential solutions, we'll reiterate this process and define until we have a number of co-created product design mock-ups.

4

Prototype.

By this stage, we will have a number of core concepts developed into user-friendly prototypes. As throughout the whole of our process we will reiterate our thinking based on the engagement and insights of the user, therefore we'll explore these concepts with our users and redefine the product until we have one final solution that meets both user and organisation requirements.

5

Test.

At this final stage, we'll continue to work on the final solution, driving it forward with our tech partner and testing its development at every stage with both users and stakeholders. We will deliver a final project report outlining our journey together tracing our thinking from final solution to our first user engagement.

Our Design Process.

Our process brings together Designers, Psychologists & Developers. Working in synergy to define and develop a sustainable and engaging solution.

1

Discover.

At the start of our process, we'll take the time to listen to your problem and understand your difficulties, before empathetically investigating, observing & interacting with end users & stakeholders to fully understand their roles, relationships and environment.

2

Define.

The valuable data gathered within the Discover phase will offer insights into defining the motivations of your users, ensuring that we can design to their core drives, ultimately giving them meaning and purpose to engage in with your digital product. This phase ends with a data-rich analysis report outlining user motivations, purpose and defined problem.

3

Ideate.

Here we begin to conceptually design, think and develop potential solutions based on the insights of your users - and aligning these to the needs of the organisation - we will work collaboratively with you to think big when exploring potential solutions, we'll reiterate this process and define until we have a number of co-created product design mock-ups.

4

Prototype.

By this stage, we will have a number of core concepts developed into user-friendly prototypes. As throughout the whole of our process we will reiterate our thinking based on the engagement and insights of the user, therefore we'll explore these concepts with our users and redefine the product until we have one final solution that meets their needs and your needs.

5

Test.

At this final stage, we'll continue to work on the final solution, driving it forward with our tech partner and testing its development at every stage with both users and stakeholders. We will deliver a final project report outlining our journey together tracing our thinking from final solution to our first user engagement.

Our Selected Works.

We're proud to be working with a number of partners.

Meet the team.

We combine multiple disciplines with years of experience working together as a team.

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Jay Walton

Managing Director

Jay Walton

Managing Director

Jay is passionate about designing and delivering sustainable and engaging digital products that support positive social impact. Jay has specialised in developing meaningful and successful relationships with users through years of engagement management and facilitation with a number of VCF, arts and health organisations. His drive and determination for achieving quality products make him familiar with developing meaningful, user-focused, creative solutions that meet the aligned requirements of both organisations and users. Jay is a successful project manager, fundraiser and project developer and is always open for a conversation around innovative ideas.

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Marcus Devaney

Product Design Director

Marcus Devaney

Digital Design Director

Marcus has crafted his time with Local Government to develop an impressive portfolio of digital engagement with young people in Lancashire, reshaping services to fully embrace emerging technologies towards the needs of its costumers.  Behind the scenes Marcus gets stuck into rich media projects, creating film, outcome animations, web design, ecommerce or public digital services.

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Guy Christiansen

Business Development Director

Guy Christiansen

Business Development Director

Guy is a successful, dynamic and enterprising creative director with a wealth of experience managing social engagement and community development programmes for public and voluntary sector organisations. Guy has 16 years experience of project management, strategic business planning, operational and creative delivery, and commissioning, fundraising, company development, and financial governance in managing seven figure annual budgets.

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Lee Devaney

 Lead Psychologist

Lee Devaney

Lead Psychologist

Lee is a Psychologist and Researcher with significant experience of designing, implementing and managing research and consultation projects. Lee has advised organisations such as the EU and Northern Ireland’s OFMDFM on policy and practice to enhance civic and political engagement.

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Joseph Leaf

Designer

Joseph Leaf

Designer

Joseph is an established designer offering a number of design solutions suitably created with and for the user, specialising in User Interface and User Experience systems. Joe is a Design for Industry Graduate from Northumbria University and has worked with both public and private sector organisations to develop user-centred products. Joseph stays true to the design process and ensures creative detail is central to all BlackBeard projects.

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Dionne Witter

Marketing Lead

Dionne Witter

Marketing Lead

Dionne brings a wealth of knowledge from social care having supported adults with learning difficulties for almost the entirety of her professional career. As an upcoming graduate from UCLAN with a degree in Marketing Management, her experience and ongoing support to advance health & social care through digital products perfectly aligns with BlackBeards ambitions. Dionne enjoys exploring marketing psychology and behaviour, understanding target audience and enabling the most beneficial interaction. A perfect addition to BlackBeards Behavioural Design team.

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Aaron Devaney

Lead Developer

Aaron Devaney

Lead Developer

Aaron is lead software developer with extensive experience in designing, coding, testing and supporting for desktop, mobile & the web with a keen interest in the Microsoft web stack: ASP.NET, Ms-SQL, & IIS Web Servers.He has a vast knowledge on an array of system architecture projects managing software teams developing Visualisation tools, 3D Simulations, Payment authorisation, mail clients, planning applications, web scraping data retrieval and client assessment platforms. Aaron, leads on all bespoke project requirements overseeing the technical analysis, bringing together the system architecture to create great products for our clients.

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ADDRESS
BLACKBEARD
COMPANY NUMBER 8771899
9-10 CROSS ST
PRESTON
LANCASHIRE
PR1 3LT
EMAIL
jay.walton@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
marcus.devaney@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
PHONE
07821405954
TWITTER
@BlkBeardDesign

Get in touch.
Contact us.

If you have any questions, requests, or enquiries for us, just ask. We want to hear them.
CONTACT NOW 
ADDRESS
BLACKBEARD
COMPANY NUMBER 8771899
9-10 CROSS ST
PRESTON
LANCASHIRE
PR1 3LT
EMAIL
jay.walton@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
marcus.devaney@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
PHONE
07821405954
TWITTER
@BlkBeardDesign

Get in touch.
Contact us.

If you have any questions, requests, or enquiries for us, just ask. We want to hear them.
CONTACT NOW 
ADDRESS
BLACKBEARD
COMPANY NUMBER 8771899 
9-10 CROSS ST
PRESTON 
LANCASHIRE
PR1 3LT
EMAIL
jay.walton@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
marcus.devaney@blackbeardmedia.co.uk
PHONE
07821405954
TWITTER
@BlkBeardDesign