I'm David Hall, a seasoned, well-oiled Irish product and user experience designer, focusing on complex systems, creativity and how science and psychology work together to make good design decisions.

I head up design at C&R, where I design enterprise solutions for many of the largest and most interesting companies around, including the top 10 electronics manufacturers, top 3 sporting labels, coolest gaming company, largest furniture retailer and foremost maker of interlocking plastic bricks.


Pilot error and the shape of things to come

How Alphonse Chapanis, a young psychologist, saved the lives of WWII pilots through clever design.

Graphic notation: a brief history of visualising music

Design and music intersect in many areas, yet one relatively obscure but creative area is in the design of graphic notation by composers.

Design principle: effective listening through reflective questioning

Listening is a vital UX skill we can all get better at, and a chatbot experiment from the 1960s teaches us how.

Our hero: Storymapping the user’s journey

This is the story of a novel and powerful way to visualise your user’s journey, and a traumatising childhood gaming experience.

Design detail: crafting better shadows for interaction

Shadow doesn’t get as much love as other design elements, such as cool colour palettes or super sexy shapes, but it is vital in communicating interaction.

Favourite podcasts for creatives, designers and amateur psychologists

14 hugely interesting and educational podcasts on design, creativity and psychology to fill any learning void.

Cardew’s Treatise: the greatest musical score ever designed

Described as the 'Mount Everest' of graphical musical scores, Treatise still manages to surprise with its invention and beauty of graphic notation.


Eight design principles

Website for C2P design principles and other resources.

Product compliance platform

Wizard and list interface design pattern for a product compliance platform.

Ding careers

Website design and photography for careers site.


Branding and illustration for recruitment software platform.

The art of graphic notation

Animated editorial collage.

Masters of perception

Poster series focusing on unique creatives.


Poster series featuring redesigned Kubrick film posters.