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The Power of No: Why We Should Say It and Why It Is So Hard.

The Power of No: Why We Should Say It and Why It Is So Hard.

Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash One of the books on my must-read list for 2020 was F**k No by Sarah Knight. I finished reading this a couple of weeks back and now that I have had some time to digest, I have taken the time for reflecting on its impact and whether I...

What I do

Instructional and Learning Design

I create learning materials for online, face-to-face or blended learning. I can also build the modules using industry standard software such as Articulate Storyline and Rise. 

Content Design

I specialise in taking jargon filled content and turning it into understandable, user friendly information for services, websites or any other communications. 

Graphic Design

I create visuals to accompany the learning and content design. I also specialise in branding and print communications. 

Customer Testimonials

Paul Featherstone

I worked with Helen on a challenging public sector programme where she formed an integral part of the design team which successfully took our product through GDS assessment. Even though Helen had almost lost her voice, she still made a significant contribution - this demonstrates Helen's determined and positive attitude, she won't let her team down. Helen is a highly creative individual and a great person to work with. She's highly collaborative, creative and has a flexible 'can-do' attitude. I'd highly recommend Helen on a personal and professional level.

Paul Featherstone, Product Owner at HMRC

Paulo Montefiore

I had the pleasure of working with Helen at HMRC. She always kept an overall perspective of the user needs and the client requirements, an understanding of their wider implications in the project, was able to design content to meet user needs and make complex language easy to understand. She was also able to communicate clearly to the team who our users were and what their needs were based on evidence. On top of that, she has great interpersonal skills, a fantastic smile and was extremely comfortable with Git, CSS and HTML5. Impressive! I would love to work with Helen again.

Paulo Montefiore, HMRC

Carol Lakin

I am blown away, I absolutely love what you’ve done. Thank you so much for your patience too... ...Helen Hill you rock!!!

Carol Lakin, Blankets for Baby Rhinos

Judith Clarkson

We are extremely impressed with Helen’s (Unlikely Genius’s) ability to interpret our product, customer messages and environment into effective communication collateral. Helen is able to combine written and visual skills, to condense information and make the message flow clearly. Helen has also been invaluable in suggesting and creating appropriate visuals that fit within the brand and overall strategy – this is particularly important for our NHS partners and customers, where understanding and reflecting their particular challenges is crucial. Helen always communicates clearly and in a timely fashion, which is very responsive.

Judith Clarkson, ADI

Bryony Sidwell

Helen provided a professional and efficient service, both in instructional design as well in the development of the course itself. Her work was of excellent quality and our end client was really happy with the final product! Helen maintained regular communication throughout the project, and I always found her to be upbeat and solution-oriented.

Bryony Sidwell, Walkgrove
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Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash One of the books on my must-read list for 2020 was F**k No by Sarah Knight. I finished reading this a couple of weeks back and now that I have had some time to digest, I have taken the time for reflecting on its impact and whether I...

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