Elizabeth Cretney is a UX designer based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Her life has been a journey from visual communication, to programming, to interaction design and direction – in New Zealand, Japan, Germany and Italy.

This wide experience allows her to see the possibilities, know the obstacles, and to find what’s original and practical.

She knows when to use a pencil too.


Bachelor of Design (1st Class Hons)
School of Design, Wellington, New Zealand
1998 – 2001

A Bursary
Nayland College, Nelson, New Zealand
1993 – 1997



Javascript ( & JQuery )
PHP ( & CodeIgniter, ExpressionEngine, Drupal, WP )
Public APIs ( GMaps, Fb, Tw)
Versioning ( Git )

PS, Il, InD.

Problem-solver, calm in a storm.

Native English speaker. Parlo Italiano un po’.



2010 Cannes Lions Shortlist / Media / It’s My Time
2010 Freccia d’Oro, Gold / Fashion / It’s My Time
2010 Freccia d’Oro , Silver / Experiential / It’s My Time
2007 Fellowship / Fabrica Research Centre


Freelance UX, Interaction Designer
Wellington, New Zealand / 2012 – present

Small-scale web projects for Italian and NZ clients. Emphasis on social, creative and editorial content.

Interaction Designer & Director
Fabrica Research Centre, Treviso, Italy / Nov 2010 – Dec 2011

Our team created a platform for Benetton Interactive Windows ( strategy of camera-based installations, development process, and remote monitoring). Colors Magazine online and digital archive. Selected resident designers / developers and supported them in realising projects.

Interaction Designer & Developer
Fabrica Research Centre, Treviso, Italy / Jul 2009 – Oct 2010

Social campaigns for Benetton and Fabrica research projects. Project managed the “It’s My Time” global online casting campaign.

Freelance Web Designer & Developer
Nelson, New Zealand / Feb 2009 – Jun 2009

Freelanced and consulted remotely on Fabrica research projects.

Resident Interaction Designer
Fabrica Research Centre, Treviso, Italy / Feb 2007 – Dec 2008

Fellowship in the Interactive team of Andy Cameron. As a resident I worked on projects for Fabrica, Benetton and my own research projects.

Freelance Web Designer & Developer,
Berlin, Germany / Feb 2006 – Dec 2006

Web Design, PHP Development & Flash Development.

Intern Graphic Designer & Flash Developer
Less Rain, Berlin, Germany / Oct 2005 – Jan 2006

Graphic Design, Illustration, Concepting & Prototyping (Flash).