Hiya! I'm Kelly O'Brien.
I'm a London-based content designer with nine years of experience writing words for the web. I thrive on collaborative, cross-functional teams who care about delivering value through exceptional user experiences.

Recent WORK

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Developing user-friendly security products for vulnerable populations

Currently, I lead the content design work on several advanced account security products for Facebook. Our team is charged with defending our most vulnerable user populations against account compromise. Doing this well means collaborating closely not only within our product team, but with partner teams across the org and the globe.

I work side-by-side with our product design and UX research functions to build intuitive product experiences for millions of users. I drive alignment with our product and engineering leads to keep us pulling in the same direction. And I shepherd our work through reviews from our legal, privacy, and policy teams, as well as a wide variety of other internal stakeholders to make sure we're solving the right problems, the right way.

Enabling chatbots to work together

I drove the end-to-end design work on a feature that enabled two distinct chatbot products to work seamlessly together in the same conversation. I led the design from initial concept up through interaction and UI design. I also ran the beta and worked directly with our go-to-market team to ship the feature as part of a major product launch.

Within three months of launching, 25% of our target customers’ bots are using the new feature.

Modeling chatbot complexity

Intercom's conversational automation products have grown a lot over the years and have accrued both conceptual and technical complexity along the way. I led an initiative to understand and articulate the complexity of the chatbot system and where it was causing trouble for our customers.

The output of the work was to share system models not only of the current state of our bot system, but also potential future states that might help us resolve some conceptual debt and simplify the user experience. This work influenced several streams of work across the product and helped shape the team's approach to many subsequent chatbot design challenges.

Resolution Bot conversational design

I designed the conversational interactions for the launch of Intercom's machine learning chatbot, Resolution Bot. The experience had to work with a mix of predefined and user-created content, while also taking into account a wide range of edge cases.

Working cross-functionally with engineering, research, and product, I delivered an automated experience that feels personal and frictionless, even when it fails. Resolution Bot has since become part of Intercom's core support automation offering.

Admin menu redesign

Driven by consistently low NPS scores from our admin users, I led the effort to redesign the admin area of our product where that user segment spent most of their time. In order to avoid getting bogged down in a swirl of competing opinions, I designed a card sort exercise and used OptimalSort to get it in front of a group of current and prospective customers.

Using the results of that study, I overhauled the admin area's IA, as well as introducing a new homepage to improve navigation. Three months after launching, our target NPS score was up by 20 points. We also used this research as the foundation for a new customer onboarding experience.

Help Center overhaul

As the company's first documentation hire, I started my time at Kayako with a mission to overhaul their support docs. In addition to writing and editing 100+ articles, I also created information architecture not just for the help center content but also for the product itself.

In working out how to write about the product, I ended up pairing with our front end team to do some retroactive content design. Together we established mental models and product language that could be reflected across both the UI and the documentation.

Speaking & Writing

I've spoken at a variety of content, design, and support conferences.
Here's a selection of talks from the last few years:

I also spent three years on the organization team for the Write the Docs community, helping run two annual conferences every year, as well as editing a monthly newsletter with a readership of over 4000 technical writers and other documentarians.

Blog posts & interviews:


Feel free to drop me a line if you're looking for your next content design hire or if you just want to talk shop!

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