I’m Buzz — Designer and Coach with over 15 years experience leading products and teams. I’ve been Principal Designer at Help Scout, Design Lead at Atlassian, Head of Product at Sendle, Director of UX at Campaign Monitor, UI Lead at Skype and Founder of Prevue.
I regularly speak and write about remote team collaboration, scaling design team processes and building creative distributed organizations. Through positions on advisory boards, incubators and mentoring programs, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching world-class designers and advising startups — helping Founders and leadership teams identify the structures, processes and skills necessary to scale design effectively within their business.
I currently work with tech companies to help understand the gaps in their design capabilities, and identify the types of people, processes and structures necessary to help deliver their long term goals. Often that involves writing job descriptions to attract top talent, coaching existing teams, interviewing candidates or providing ongoing support. Sometimes I just explain the difference between UX and UI.
I help awesome companies find awesome people. And in that capacity I’ve worked with some of the fastest growing B2B and B2C SaaS companies here in Australia and the US, across a variety of industries — including not-for-profit, education, fintech and healthcare.
Design systems for small teams DesignOps, 2020
Designing together across continents InVision Talk Series, 2019
Moving your design team to Figma Sydney Meetup, 2019
Campaign Monitor’s growth journey Dropbox Customer Stories, 2016
Global Advance Summit Sydney Opera House, 2015
Tips for designing remotely Medium, 2020
Behind the scenes: The design of Beacon Help Scout Blog, 2019
A case study in migrating design systems Smashing Magazine, 2019
Building a UI library in Sketch Medium, 2018
Designing across borders — frictionless remote collaboration UX Collective, 2018
Where to find inspiration Medium, 2017
God is in the details Medium, 2015
A designer’s guide to great presentations Medium, 2015
The remote guide to product design Doist, 2019
Interview with Buzz Usborne User League, 2017
Interview with Buzz Usborne Nicely Done, 2017
Exclusive interview with Atlassian’s lead designer UI Garage, 2017
Interview series: 20 designers, 20 questions UX Planet, 2017
Episode 18 — A Buzz by any other name Australian Design Radio, 2016
Designing beyond the screen Intelligent Product Design, 2016
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