nicola rushton

Design+ research= happy users

product desigN + Research consultant

Lightweight research & iterative design to make your users happy.

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Delightful designs that solve real problems: that's what makes happy users.

A product design consultant who can help with the whole process, from idea, to research, to design.

Is that what makes you happy right now? 



Selected Clients

 User research can be fast and effective.

Empathy for users starts with conversation. Want to learn how to do user research for software products or ideas? We can do that by working together.

Thoughts on user research >




UX/UI designers exist. (We call it "full stack design".)

We can help you with the full end to end journey of designing a product - from the early idea right through to making it beautiful. Wireframes, screens, user stories, and conversations with engineering teams.

Take a look at some projects




Coaching & mentoring

Need to learn how to do user research?

I coach teams from enterprises and startups in how to do Silicon Valley-style agile user research. I love to work with designers, product people, founders and engineers to pass on the skills you need to do effective but quick user research.

About Nicola Rushton

I’ve been a designer for the last 10 years, and an independent consultant since January 2018.

I host a podcast.

I speak at conferences and events.

I write about research and design.

I’m a digital nomad for most of the year, but spend summers in Sydney.

What I’m most passionate about right now:

  • Collaborative user research - the kind of research where everyone in a software team gets to learn directly from users. Especially engineers!

  • Designing for connection - how might we as designers create spaces (digital and physical) that enable and encourage human connection?

  • The UX of life - Life is the ultimate user experience, no? Why not apply everything we know about UX to design the best life possible for ourselves?

I would love to hear from you!

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