About

Hi, I’m Clark. I’m a designer, and for over 17 years I have worked with organisations to help them build applications, websites, and other digital products that work for real people.

Recently I joined the R&D department of a Taiwan headquartered multinational to help improve the user experience of their software products. I am also in the midst of creating a number of my own iOS apps. for kids.

Previously, I was an Engineer at the Industrial Technology Research Institutes Creativity Lab where I helped create products that allowed for greater collaboration amongst researchers. I also led projects that explored an array of ambient and tangible interfaces, invisibly integrating data into people’s lives.

Before CL I was design lead at ITRI’s Information Service Centre where I helped form one of the first user experience design teams in Taiwan.

In a past life, I worked as a professional musician, sometimes making music, more often making noise, through-out the greater Toronto area.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master of Applied Art from Chiao Tung University. I also spent 3 years at Humber College of Music where I studied trumpet and jazz performance. I studied Chinese full-time at National Central University for over 2 years, a couple years privately, and continue to strive to improve my capabilities in the language.

I live in Hsinchu, Taiwan with my wife, daughter, son, and 2 dogs.

What I do

I tend to lump everything I do under Design, but a typical breakdown might include:

  • User Research
  • Expert Evaluations
  • User Testing
  • Information Architecture
  • Interaction Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Development
  • Mentoring

What I believe

  • Empathy is for everyone
  • We are all equal, and should be treated as such
  • Work hard and be nice to people
  • Respect people’s time
  • Ask questions even if you think you have the answer
  • Life outside of work, is just as, or more important
  • Have passion for many different things
  • Never stop learning

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Get in touch

Got a project? Maybe we can collaborate. Let’s create something new or old, whether it is words, objects, or pictures under glass. To get in touch please send me an email at: clark@clarkmacleod.com.

自我介紹

我叫Clark MacLeod,中文名字「克拉克」,來自加拿大愛德華王子島。我跟家人住在台灣有十七年左右了,我有兩個孩子,都是在臺灣出生的。

我畢業於St. Francis Xavier大學音樂系,之後又去讀了Humber大學音樂表演系,通過這八年的學習,使我深具創意和想像力方面的才能。來到台灣以後,我又去了國立交通大學應用藝術研究所繼續深造,學術論文內容是關於實體介面和氛圍介面,通過進一步的學習,使我更深入的了解了當代設計與研究的發展趨勢。另外,我還曾就讀于國立中央大學華語系兩年之久,國語水平因此得到了很大的提高。

我具有二十五年以上創造性工作經驗,早年從事過包括音樂表演、藝術展覽、設計研究、文字編輯、程序設計員以及視覺界面設計等方面的工作,目前我在做手機軟件設計、手機文化發展趨勢的調研分析工作和在一家當地公司研發部門裡面改善我們軟體使用者經驗。

我性格沉穩,做事認真細緻,具備優秀的團隊協作精神及高度的職業責任感;專業方面,亦有深厚的設計功底,較高的藝術修養,超俗的審美能力,並對設計與創新有濃厚的熱情。

我具有良好人際交往能力,良好幽默感以及善於與他人合作。歡迎隨時聯絡:clark@clarkmacleod.com.

擅長工具

Adobe、CodaOmniGraffleSketchPixelmatorBBedit、jQuery、PHP、HTML/CSS、Movabletype、等等。

工作技能

創意及藝術指導、使用者介面設計、網站開發、項目經理、寫作創新樂譜、數位攝影技巧、使用者測試(Usability test)、Persona、Scenerio、Information Architecture、Card Sorting、用戶界面設計、啟發式評估、快速原型、社交媒體、概念發展、內容管理、等等。

Personal & Professional Timeline

1986 Auditioned and was accepted to Humber College Jazz Performance Program. Won a few awards and started actively playing around Toronto. My education here framed many of my approaches to problem solving and creativity. Studied with Don Johnson, Rainer Schmidt, Art Maiste and Pat LaBarbera.
1989 Met my future wife at St.Francis Xavier University.
1992 Started working at Long & McQuade Music during the day, while continuing to gig at night. Later I would start an online store selling product via email.
1993 Toured Ontario with an Elvis Impersonator. Though I had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best artists in Canada, I started to realise that perhaps making a living playing music might not work out.
1997 Graduated from St.Francis Xavier University Jazz Music Program and promptly ended 18 years of music study and work to pursue something new. Accepted my first freelance website design project.
1998 Started working at The University of Prince Edward as a Web Designer. A wonderful experience building some of the first online university credit courses in North America. Spent my off-time reading Jakob Nielsen.
1999 My wife and I moved to Taiwan. Mildly disappointed that on the surface it was not so different from Toronto.
2000 Was hired by Industrial Technology Institute as an Engineer. The people I worked with were like family, and with them I had the opportunity to participate in hundreds of projects. We started an early internal blog network, were early practitioners of information architecture, and had one of the first UX teams in Taiwan. Great people.
2003 My daughter Catriona was born. She quickly became my creative muse.
2005 Started exhibiting my sound art and tangible work. Taught classes and workshops in UX.
2006 Finished studies at Chiao Tung University towards an M.A. in Design. Great people who were very kind to me. A common theme during all my time in Taiwan.
2006 Left ITRI to start my own blogging network and to join a publishing start-up. Kept freelancing because there was no money in either.
2006 My son Camren was born! And I haven’t slept since.
2008 Joined Creativity Lab as an engineer. We created a number of strong product concepts and rolled out a blogging network. Finished thesis and graduated from Chiao Tung University with an M.A.
2010 Decided to try different challenges outside of design work in Taiwan and spend more time with family. Started studying Chinese part-time, continued to write, tutored English, and took on editing work.
2012 I got nowhere fast studying Chinese part-time but I was hooked! Started studying full-time at National Central University with the best Chinese teachers on Taiwan.