Pete Kowalczyk Content designer

British, born 1983. 

University of Manchester
Physics BSc with honours (2005)
Codecademy HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Command line, Github (2018)
Udemy Bootstrap (2018)
University of Michigan
Designing for humans (2017)
University of Michigan UX design (2017)
Digital Content Academy Content strategy intensive course (2016)
Government Digital Service (GDS) Content design training (2015)
S&P Global (Platts) Editor training programme (2014)


Content designer - April 2018 to May 2018 (8 week alpha)
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Designing the alpha of the ‘Manage your funding’ digital service for schools and training providers. Working in a multidisciplinary scrum team to make highly complex data and financial systems mesh into an intuitive and accessible digital service. 


Content strategist / Content designer - Jan 2018 to Mar 2018 (3 month project)
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Created and implemented a cross-agency content strategy for GOV.UK - to analyse the effectiveness of content, prioritise improvement work, and embed consistent standards, conventions and best practice.


Content strategist / Content designer - Dec 2017 to Jan 2018
Southampton University
Created a style guide, governance model, and a business-as-usual process for commissioning and measuring the effectiveness of the university's social media properties. Making sure user needs and business needs are met and content remains unique, relevant and cost-effective.


Content designer - Dec 2017 (2 week project)
GOV.UK (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)
Designed the taxonomy, user journeys, navigation, and guidance content for car MOT tests in the UK. Tackling highly technical content for this heavily used service - in an accessible, intuitive and practical way that'll work on any device.

Content designer / Lead UX Writer - Apr 2017 to Sept 2017
GOV.UK (Education and Skills Funding Agency)
Created the ESFA content design microsite and defined a vision for the agency’s content, working on voice and tone, using research and data. I mentored new content designers, wrote blog posts, did presentations and set up a knowledge sharing mailing list in order to build capacity. 


Consultant UX Writer - June 2017
GOV.UK (Ministry of Justice)
Undertook a content review of a product to help people appeal against losing their social support - ensuring the product gave feedback and reassurance in the right tone across different devices for users of varying digital capability. 


Product content designer (UX Writer) - Aug 2016 to Mar 2017
GOV.UK (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and Skills Funding Agency)
Designed easy-to-use products that underpinned complex government policies - basing designs on user needs, working in highly collaborative multidisciplinary teams. 


Senior content designer - Apr 2016 to Aug 2016
GOV.UK (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Content lead for a number of the department’s services and content features, with a particular focus on user journeys. 


Content designer - Nov 2014 to Mar 2016
GOV.UK (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Content designer working closely with lawyers, economists, and policy teams, to produce accurate and easy-to-understand content for high profile and contentious environmental policy areas.

Journalist - Sept 2008 to Mar 2016
CNN, the Guardian, Vice, Dazed, S&P Global, the Nikkei, Latterly  
Researched and created digital content about arts, culture, business and finance for international readerships - informed by analytics data.