I feel privileged to be doing what I am doing day to day. Not many people know this, but as a new born, I was pretty sick and if it wasn’t for the care and attention at Crumlin Childrens Hospital in Dublin (a partially Government funded hospital then, and still is to this day) I may not have made it.

Charitable past

In 2002 and 2003 I raised e8500 for the hospital doing various fun things, like running a mini marathon in Ireland as a women, shaving my head (the irony isn’t lost on me today!), hosting quiz nights and raffles etc. In January 2005, I organised a sold-out concert with 13 of Irelands best up and coming songwriters, and raised e4 for the Tsunami disaster.

This was an amazing experience, and something I’m really glad I did. It opened my eyes to how amazing the Irish people were when it came to putting their hands in their pockets. I also learned a valuable insight into how amazing it felt to just work for free and work towards helping a great cause. It honestly felt amazing.

Music Box

In 2009-2010 I did everything almost humanly possible to get a charity off the ground called Music Box for Life in Ireland. The plan was to get 50 Irish artists to donate an MP3 and sell it as a digital pack download for e10. Licensing and legality eventually bit us, and it never saw the light of day unfortunately.

I spent hundreds of hours trying to get Music Box for Life off the ground with some key Irish music industry people, but in the end we had to call time on it. In retrospect it was probably a good thing, as later than year Spotify entered the market, and devalued music globally. So I am not sure how successful the venture would have been.


So this brings me to today. I’m super busy with work, pretty healthy and (most days!) enjoying a great life with my amazing wife.

I get hit up a lot for additional design and consultancy work, but resist most of the time as my current role takes up a lot of my time/energy. But I had a brainwave recently, and wanted to try something out.

“I am proposing to try out for 6 months free consultancy/design in exchange for a charitable donation to a charity of my choice.

What do you think? Good idea/bad idea? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this –

Examples of some of the work I am available for:

User-experience Design

  • User script creation
  • User interviews
  • Persona development
  • Wireframe creation
  • Workshop facilitation

UI design work

  • Mobile design
  • Interface design
  • Interaction design

Design Consultancy

  • Start-up validation
  • Setting up a website
  • Brand/Styleguide guidelines
  • Pattern Library creation

Note: I have 8-10 hours free each month and work will be completed on weekends/evenings. If you know of someone who might be interested, please pass this page on to them.

Interested? Then please feel free to get in touch.

Update: Read the exciting update to this post

Posted by gerry

UX & UI Design Lead