John Brennan

John Brennan
Director of Lightpetal


John is a hands-on UI Designer with 10+ years of in-depth experience and some award-winning projects, delivering visual and interaction design solutions for the world’s top brands including Google, Disney,, Thomson Reuters, Home Office and the BBC.

With a core focus and in-depth experience as a UI Designer, he combines visual talent and logical reasoning with the disciplined application of user centred design principles to create modular design systems, elegant layouts, usable, accessible interface designs, animated interaction prototypes and comprehensive style guides.


Personal Recommendations

John has brought a significant amount of design knowledge and expertise to the user experience function at Thomson Reuters Legal (UK). As a global business, project teams and stakeholders are rarely collocated, so this afforded John the opportunity to execute his duties remotely, and thus to easily work flexibly and adapt to the demands across different time zones. This for me, was an extremely successful arrangement, largely due to his oral and written communications skills and ability to articulate clear and concise design rationales to decision makers.
— Neil Farmer, User Experience Manager, Thomson Reuters Legal (UK)
John is a passionate and incredibly knowledgeable visual and user experience practitioner. Conscientious and professional he has an attention to detail that is second to none. During his 3-months at Disney, John produced an excellent piece of work that was integral to the overall design and user experience strategy and vision of Disney Online. His work helped establish a framework for the future.
— James Bruce, Head of Creative, Disney Interactive Media Group, EMEA
John is an accomplished UX design lead. John was hired for 3 months to work on the responsive design for the BBC’s portfolio of 27 news language sites. In the context of this project John created a UX framework that set the foundations for a complex, large scale roll out of products involving multiple stakeholders and tech teams.
— Tammy Gur, Senior Creative Director, BBC World Service
John’s work is characterised by a detailed vision of the big picture, immediately grasping the ins and outs of complex projects even when joining at tricky and high pressure times. His interpersonal skills are exceptional, whether dealing with stakeholders, peers or reports. He has a great understanding of both visual and interaction design, establishing and successfully following through on his clear vision even when dealing with challenging audiences.
— Ian Hamilton Design & Consultancy
John came in in the middle of a huge and complicated project and used all his experience of design management to corral together the interaction and visual design into a fantastic integrated whole. He won the respect of his team very quickly and was able to inspire them to a fantastic audience centred project. He was also great fun to work with. I can recommend John to you very highly
— Phil Buckley, Product Manager, Performance Platform Team at Government Digital Service

Project Awards and Nominations

BAFTA Nomination

Children's Awards Kids' Vote - CBBC website redesign

BIMA Finalist

Media and Entertainment - CBBC website redesign

.Net Magazine Awards Shortlist

Redesign of the Year - CBBC website redesign

BAFTA Award Winner

Interactive Innovation - BBC Languages Mi Vida Loca

Webby Award Winner

People's Voice Winner, Rich Media Advertising - BBC 'G.I. Jonny' HIV Awareness Campaign

BAFTA Finalist

Craft: New Media Developer - BBC Food Get Cooking

World Food Media Award Winner

Best Food and/or Drink Website - BBC Food Get Cooking

Association of Online Publishers Award Winner

Cross-Media Project - BBC Chelsea Flower Show

BAFTA Finalist

Interactive, Learning - BBC WebWise Online Course