Vivant appoints Mark Nickson as head of User Experience
February 27th 2014: Leading human-centered design and digital development company Vivant today announced the appointment of Mark Nickson as User Experience (UX) Director.
Mr Nickson is an accomplished digital strategist and user-centric designer. He has over 15 years experience crafting innovative and immersive solutions for the web, mobile and social. He joins Vivant from Westpac, where he was Senior Manager of Customer Experience and Digital Design.
Vivant is the creator of world-first mobile technologies for clients such as Commonwealth Bank, Qantas and RP Data. Last year it launched start-up arm Vivant Ventures to identify and develop the most promising new ideas in business, in partnership with M.H. Carnegie & Co.
Anthony Farah, Founder and CEO of Vivant, said that Mark’s appointments would underpin the next stage of the company’s growth.
He commented: “We ran an international search for over a year to identify the right person to head our UX team, and in Mark Nickson we’ve found not just one of the leading UX minds in the country, but also the ideal mixture of skills and experience. It’s a mission-critical role, and with his history in corporate environments, start-ups and as the head of his own digital agency, Mark is a perfect fit for the Vivant team.”
Most recently Mr Nickson was the design lead for Westpac’s mobile proximity payments app; designing and delivering Australia’s first Android based embedded secure element solution. He has also helped design products and services for Microsoft, McDonalds, Disney, the Canadian Government, and the Canadian Military among others. He was part of the team that designed HSBC’s TV Banking interface, as well as helping to conceptualise their early mobile banking experience. He has worked in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Mark Nickson, UX Director, Vivant commented: “Vivant is one of the most exciting companies I have met in Australia, with a very bright future. Its mixture of entrepreneurs, technologist and UX professionals, all working on leading edge innovation, which makes it a very dynamic place.”
“Working with the Vivant team is an opportunity to support some of the smartest people in the digital space, ones that live and breath design and innovation. It is a meeting of minds where we’ll go on creating game changing ideas, with a unique approach to product conceptualisation, design thinking, and smart commercialisation tactics, to disrupt a range of industries. The trump card for me is the opportunity to support our incubator and accelerator program and help influence some of Australia’s most exciting and emerging startup talent.”
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Vivant is a human-centric design and digital development company that helps leading brands bring great ideas to life. Vivant has created world-leading digital and mobile solutions for some of Australia’s most recognised organisations, including Commonwealth Bank Australia, QANTAS and RP Data. With offices in Sydney and London, Vivant is an ideas lab staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of technology experts, creative thinkers and business strategists.
Founded in 2008, examples of Vivant’s work include the multi-award winning digital wallet Kaching, Property Guide and the CBA app for Commonwealth Bank Australia, RP Data’s highly successful Mobile Pro, pioneering proximity marketing technology Henry, and Jaro.com – the global game for good.
For more information visit: www.vivant.com.au.