Looking back over my work in the past five years, there are two projects that stand out as the most enjoyable. The jobs that have made me happiest have been designing the content for:
- Evelina London Children’s Healthcare (through my contract with Digital Life Sciences)
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital (through my contract with Maverick Television)
Both jobs involved doing workshops and interviews with children, play therapists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff and then using that information to create the style and voice of the website’s content.
I have gone through similar processes to make digital content for adults – West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, HEWM Learning, Modality Partnership, NHS local – but, though I have enjoyed it, it has not made my heart sing in quite the same way.
When I make content for children, I have a child continually in my mind. Going to work, turning on my computer, travelling, meeting, grafting…I am holding the needs of children in my heart.
For some reason, this makes me happy. Children are the best clients.