James Box

User Experience Director

James has been a digital designer since gaining his MA in Interactive Media in 1999, eventually joining Clearleft as their first employee in 2006. Four years later, he co–authored his first book Undercover User Experience Design with Cennydd Bowles.

At Clearleft, James leads our renowned UX team. His work includes a fundamental change in direction and responsive redesign for Channel 4 News. New product development, from early vision through strategy to implementation, of Channel 4’s Scrapbook service. New product development, UX and interaction design for Family Nest; and interaction design and prototyping for What Car? magazine. For Family Investments, James led a cross–disciplinary team through conception, design and front end build; and for NBC Universal he helped create a framework and architecture for four international channel rebrands (Syfy, Diva, Universal Channel, 13th Street).

Strategic user experience

James excels when helping clients with digital strategy. He combines his experience of lean startup, workshop facilitation, collaborative design, rapid prototyping and testing to enable our clients to make the very best of their digital presence.

James holds an MA in Design for Interactive Media and is a member of the IxDA. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including Tech4Africa, UXAustralia, SxSW, Design by Fire, @Media, UIE’s Web App Summit and UXLondon.

James curates local design events Skillswap and Connections and also mentors up-and-coming designers in both UX and Lean Startup.

Away from the office

James swims, runs, bakes and watches NFL from afar.

Latest thinking

  • Content Strategy: A Guide for UX Designers 17th Sep 2015

    To mark the launch of their rather splendid new website, our friends over at GatherContent have published a series of hands–on Content Strategy guides.


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