Leisa Reichelt left the agency and consulting world four years ago in order to concentrate finding ways to help start ups get more access to good user experience consultancy, and to make some good experiences of her own.
She has a background in formal User Centred Design, Design Research and Information Architecture combined with a passion for making these practices more accessible and more successful for companies with limited time or resources, and for those who work using Agile or Lean methodologies.
Leisa's clients range from the rather large (including Virgin Atlantic, BBC, SonyBMG, HSBC, The Economist, Premier Foods, Pizza Express, Tourism Australia) , to the small but growing (including AMEE, Anobii, Bright Pearl, Moo, Quidco, SkimLinks, TouchNote), to open source communities (Leisa works extensively with the Drupal community and is currently spearheading â€˜The Prairie Initiative' â€“ a social architecture and collaboration initiative).
Leisa is a regular speaker and workshop-giver and has spoken at conferences including London IA, UX London, dConstruct, Drupalcon, EuroIA, Future of Web Apps, Web 2.0 Expo, Next, Interesting, GUADEC, Interaction, and Reboot. She has mentored at Seedcamp and coordinates the London UX Bookclub.
Leisa holds a Masters of Interactive Multimedia from the University of Technology, Sydney where she was particularly interested in innovative design research methodologies and the evolution of identity in online communities.
She is writing a book on Strategic User Experience, working on her very own start up, freelance UX consulting, playing with her two small boys, and when time permits and inspiration hits, blogs at Disambiguity