My Story

How you doing? Great to meet you.

I’m Kyle Boyd, a designer from Ulster in the perfectly formed province of Northern Ireland. I have been making the Internet as designer for over 18 years and earning a PhD in Computer Science focusing on the Usability of Social Media for older people and their carers.

me and my family
My family and I

The day job consists of Lecturing in Interaction Design on the BDes Interaction Design undergraduate course at the Belfast School of Art in Ulster University. I am also an active researcher and currently my work is focusing on UX, Usability and Health Informatics. You can read my publications here if you like. I also supervise a number of PhD candidates.

I have Cerebral Palsy which gives my life some unique challenges, but as a problem solver I have managed to achieve many things. I am not disabled I am just differently abled.

Away from University life I enjoy watching movies, eating food, cars and travelling but most of all spending time with my wonderful wife Emma and our sons Ezra and Austin.

My Education and Experience

I have done some things

  • BSc (Hons) Interactive Multimedia Design
    • 2003-2007
  • MA Multidisciplinary Design
    • 2007-2009
  • PhD Computer Science
    • An investigation into the improving usability of social media and their carers
    • 2010-2014
  • Research Associate
    • Assistive Technologies and Connected Health Ulster University
    • 2010,2014
  • Digital Designer
    • Office of Digital Learning Ulster University
    • March-November 2015
  • Lecturer of Interaction Design
    • Belfast School of Art, Ulster University
    • December 2015 - Ongoing

Digital Skills

I know some things

  • UX / UI Design
  • UX Research
  • Usability Testing and Analysis
  • Prototyping
  • HTML / CSS
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Branding
  • Content Design and Strategy
  • Ideation and Creation
  • Familiar with Email, GitHub, Wordpress, Video Editing