Hannah Donovan

Hannah Donovan

Co-founder, Design Director at This Is My Jam

London, United Kingdom

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Hannah Donovan's Overview

  • Design Director (Independent Projects) at The Echo Nest
  • Head of Creative, Last.fm at CBS Interactive
  • Head of Creative at Last.fm
  • Designer at Youthography
  • Designer at CRC Studio, University of Alberta

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Hannah Donovan's Summary

Hi! I'm Han, a digital product designer based in London. My two passions are design + music, and I've been happily combining those for the past eight years. Currently, I'm working on This Is My Jam, a way to share your favourite song of the moment. I also run a product design consultancy called Matt & Han. Before that, I led design at Last.fm for five years and previous to that worked agency-side.

I regularly speak about design, and have given talks internationally for events such as Webstock, Web Directions, dConstruct, Mind The Product and the AIGA.

When I'm not busy with all that, I play cello with London's leading non-professional orchestra; tend a texture garden; photograph signage; draw monsters; and am drinking my way through an ocean of strong black coffee.

Hannah Donovan's Experience

Co-founder, Design Director

This Is My Jam

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

February 2012Present (2 years 8 months) London, United Kingdom

• Design-led business development; responsibilities as co-founder include business strategy, business development, marketing and PR

• Design leadership; responsibilities as design director include contributing to the creative vision for the product; developing and refining the creative process for the team

• Brand design; development of the Jam brand including the logo and visual identity; contributing to the tone of voice and copywriting

• Design execution; as a product designer I do everything on the design spectrum from leveraging data / user research to UX design to interactions to interface/graphic design and CSS

• Community management; including writing the community guidelines, helping respond and react to user feedback, as well as outreach within the music and tech communities too


Matt & Han Ltd.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Design industry

June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) London, United Kingdom

• Partner; responsibilities include business strategy and leadership

• Design leadership and operations; including concept development, pitching and selling to clients, developing the studio creative process

Design Director (Independent Projects)

The Echo Nest

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

October 2011February 2012 (5 months) London, United Kingdom

• Design leadership for the studio that led to the concept development of This Is My Jam

Head of Creative, Last.fm

CBS Interactive

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; CBS; Online Media industry

June 2007February 2011 (3 years 9 months) London, United Kingdom

• Helped shape the design and product that brought Last.fm to 40+ million users across multiple platforms including web, desktop, mobile, console and hardware integrations

• Design leadership for Last.fm in London, including hiring and management of a team of designers, developing and iterating the design process/workflow within an agile environment, working with other CBS creative teams in New York and San Francisco

• Design management across a network of agencies and freelancers, identified and cultivated relationships within the design/tech community

• Contributed to the product strategy and vision for the Last.fm brand within the larger organization, including managing team relationships and process between design and ad sales, business development

Head of Creative


Public Company; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

February 2006June 2007 (1 year 5 months) London, United Kingdom

• Design leadership within a start-up environment, being an initiator and executor for all aspects of design including user experience, product, brand and marketing

• Design education with a tech-driven organization, including creating a culture of design, and translating design thinking for business or tech minded audiences

• Product strategy; contributed to product strategy and concept development for new features and product roadmap, led the redesign that helped position the product for acquisition



Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

September 2004February 2006 (1 year 6 months) Toronto, Canada Area

• Designer working across all mediums (including print and 3D/environmental graphics) but with a focus on web design and front-end development

• Worked closely with the creative director as principle designer on projects, helped hire and mentor new recruits, managed a network of suppliers and freelancers


CRC Studio, University of Alberta

May 2003July 2004 (1 year 3 months) Edmonton, Canada Area

• Designer working primarily in web, creating interfaces for the studio's projects, as well as some print projects including book design

Hannah Donovan's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • German

    (Limited working proficiency)

Hannah Donovan's Honors and Awards

  • O Music Award

    • June 2012

    WTF I Love This Award, Drinkify

Hannah Donovan's Certifications

  • Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama

    • Trinity College London

Hannah Donovan's Projects

  • Spacelog

    • November 2010 to Present
    Team Members: Hannah Donovan

    Helped design and build Spacelog in a week (with no internet!) at /dev/fort 5.

  • Drinkify

    • November 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Hannah Donovan

    Helped design and build Drinkify in 24h at Music Hack Day Boston.

Hannah Donovan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Interaction Design
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Product Design
  4. Art Direction
  5. User Experience
  6. Creative Direction

Hannah Donovan's Education

University of Alberta

BDes, Visual Communication and Design


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