Designer, creator & lover of side projects.

People never forget
how you made them feel.

This quote is probably wrongly attributed to Maya Angelou, but it works for this purpose.

I create experiences that people remember because they’re so wonderful.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when they have too many projects on the go and need an online hub to keep track of them all.

This is that time for me.

So, hi. I’m Aisling (it’s said like “Ashleen” and I use the pronouns she/her). I’m a Canadian gal who has lived on the South Coast of England for a decade.

I spend most of my time working as a Senior Interaction Designer on public sector digital products. As an autistic woman, I have a particular interest in neurodiversity and accessibility.

The rest of my time is spent working on an array of side projects with varying degrees of success and enthusiasm. “When in doubt, start another side project,” I always say. Then I spend some time being burnt out and wondering why I added another thing to my plate.

Yes, I also believe in being transparent about mental health issues!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy perusing my current special interests. Please connect with me on social media if you feel so inclined!

Aisling, standing in front of a peach beach house, looking at the camera. Her top says "Caring is cool."

Pretty Content

I am the founder of Pretty Content, a boutique brand and web design studio.

My personal blog, usually a bunch of nonsense.

Design Fieldnotes

My design blog – mostly UX and a sprinkle of sustainability.

Project Graveyard

We take this time to remember the projects that came before.

Gone but not forgotten – except the ones I have forgotten, which won’t be listed here for obvious reasons.

Small Business Speakeasy. I really hope this one makes a comeback one day because the logo was beautiful.

Gluten Free Worthing. It turned out there just isn’t enough gluten free vegetarian food in this town.

Various other blogs. RIP to my many personal blogs, from Dreamling to Anthologie.

Women in [Blank]

Tech. Sport. Male-dominated Industry of your choice.

These are all things that end up filling in the blank.

Last night I sat in Wembley Stadium and watched as England’s women’s football team redefined football in this country and won the first major championship any English team has won in decades.

The idea of “women in anything” is archaic.

I don’t mean to say that we’ve achieved equality or anything. Far from it. But we have reached a point in our understanding of gender to realise it isn’t just women who are at a disadvantage, but pretty much anyone who isn’t a cisgender male.

We’ve proven that we’re just as capable as men, but we’re still being stuck in these little boxes separate from them. Little boxes that also exclude our closest ally – people who identify as a gender different from the sex they were assigned at birth, or those who don’t identify with a particular gender at all.

I’d love to see a change. I’d love to stop being invited to “Women in X” groups and events, and start being involved in activities that are geared toward anyone seeking to take a step into a traditionally male-dominated industry while not being a cisgender male.

We need to stop this practice of putting some people in one box, some in another and leaving the rest to fend for themselves.