Instructor Profile: Jon Bennallick
Jon has been teaching our Product Design course and UX/UI Bootcamps at Experience Haus since 2023, and has been working as a Product Design Director & Consultant for big brands, smaller companies and startups.
Tell us a little about yourself and your current work outside of Experience Haus?
I’m a Product Design Director & Consultant with over 12 years of experience. Specialising in SaaS & Enterprise Platform Design, Design Systems, AI implementation, Chat Platforms, Digital Transformation, and Device Agnostic Design. I’ve lead teams within and built solutions for big brands like Coca-Cola, Kraft Heinz, L’Oreal and many others. I’ve also worked with startups and smaller companies to help grow their offering into highly profitable products.
Did you have a specific goal you wanted to achieve before you started teaching at Experience Haus? Do you think your time here so far has kept you on the right track?
I wanted to help others on the strange and challenging journey in the world of Product Design. It’s such a wonderful and exciting space to be working in, and to share the keys with others is a unique opportunity. Selfishly too, teaching others often helps us understand where our own strengths and weaknesses in our craft may be. Since starting with Experience Haus, I’ve felt the need to go the extra mile in staying up to date on the tools, techniques and strategies being used by the best in class, to ensure I can be a pro performer!
What is your teaching philosophy?
Making sure everyone feels like they’re in a safe space is key. It’s good to make mistakes, failure is a core part of product design, and people need to feel comfortable with that. I try and ease them into this thinking as pain free as possible!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Experience Haus?
There are some wonderfully talented future Product Pros out there, and helping them grow their career is incredibly rewarding. It’s very inspiring to start a course with people who have absolute zilch understanding of the product world, and within such a short period have the crafting tools that would impress Zuckerberg or Bezos!
How would you describe your dream classroom?
Functional HDMI connections, Free Figma licences for everyone, lots of cups of tea and an enthusiastic crew of creators to chat and share ideas with!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Spending my time continuing to grow my Product Design consultancy, whilst offering mentorship, training and insight to the next generation of Product design professionals.
How do you keep up to date with your industry and the courses you teach?
In my other life, I am a Director of Product Design Consultancy, working with many different companies from all over the globe. Each has their own unique set of problems and requires a custom approach which involves exploring new tools through talking to internal teams, being involved in Slack channels for niche industry tools or following industry leaders and nerding up on their book recommendations.