Jon is a digital designer who knows what it takes to run a successful web project: collaboration and communication with a sprinkling of inspiration and perspiration along the way.
Jon Aizlewood

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Before joining Clearleft, Jon ran his own design studio where he offered design, development and marketing services for clients including Virgin Galactic, Interscope Records, the British Medical Journal, Macmillan Publishing and EnglishUK, to name a few.

Ex-Digital Marketing

A hybrid designer who codes, Jon understands the intricacies, nuances and challenges of designing for the multi-device web. He gives special attention to design systems, pattern libraries and style guides, and extolls their virtues in an increasingly connected, digital world.

Away from the office

The only Canadian in the office, Jon moved to Brighton in 2007 and sometimes reminisces about summers in Montreal. He can often be found drinking good coffee, playing 5-a-side with other aging Dads or donning lycra in some form and taking his bike (N+1 of course) out for a spin.

Recent articles by Jon

Design systems don’t start with components

I’m all for design systems. They reduce time, save on costs and promote modular, systems-based thinking. But I’ve noticed a growing bias towards design systems focusing on the components first. This suggests they’re designed components-first. They’re not. Nor should they be.

The cobbler’s kids got nothing on design agencies

Opinion

With all this talk about shoes, I can't help but draw a comparison with our current (or former, depending on when you read this) site. While it's been a comfortable pair of shoes for us for some time, things around here have changed...