Hello! My name is Andrew Hercules and I am a Cambridge-based product designer, data analyst, and digital strategist. And yes, in case you are wondering, my last name really is Hercules!
Currently, I am the UX lead for Open Targets, an innovative, large-scale, multi-year partnership that brings together expertise from seven complementary institutions to help scientists identify and prioritise potential drug targets. As a key member of the Open Targets Platform product team, I lead all user research activities, generate and share insights with stakeholders, design solutions that respect technical and data constraints, and facilitate usability testing sessions. I also build Python scripts to analyse and visualise data sets, API usage data, and web analytics. Additionally, I support efforts to introduce user-centred design to the wider scientific community by presenting interactive workshops throughout Europe.
Prior to joining the Open Targets team, I worked as a freelance user experience designer and digital strategist for various Canadian and European organisations. I have also worked as a front-end developer specialising in research and data repositories, a UX and UI consultant for Deloitte Digital, a communications coordinator and front-end developer for the University of Toronto, a writer/producer/presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and a freelance writer/producer.