Thursday, 30 April 2015

Usability Ed on hold

As I'm struggling to find the time to post to this blog as frequently as I'd like, I've decided to give it a rest for a while. I'm still reading, thinking, writing and sharing - just not here right now.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Silo-busting, scenario-driven design

Kim Goodwin talked to Jared Spool for the podcast back in August 2014. It was a fantastic, inspiring chat with some great thoughts on approaching design problems in large organisations.

U is for User

I was introduced to an article a week or two ago - "UX is not UI" - which prompted a bit of thinking and a look back at other related articles.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Maturing UX in our organisations - seminar write up

I attended yet another excellent free breakfast briefing put on by Edinburgh consultants, User Vision. This time the topic was the UX maturity of organisations.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Global Service Jam 2015 - my Edinburgh experience

The Global Service Jam took place on the last weekend in February, with Edinburgh consultants Nile kindly hosting a great weekend of collaborating and innovating that I was able to get involved in.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

FAQs - not great for UX, whatever Nielsen says

At the end of last year, Nielsen Norman Group published an article talking up the website FAQ. I usually only post on positives and what I think is good advice, so didn't blog about this as I didn't agree. However, a couple of responses to this contentious article are well worth a read.

Monday, 2 February 2015

The fold still matters, says Nielsen

Jakob Nielsen's company have just released an interesting study on user attention and willingness to scroll. The bottom line: the top of the page is still critically important despite the wide range of browsing devices now in use.

Friday, 30 January 2015

UX Maturity - free breakfast briefing in Edinburgh in February

User Vision are running another of their great, free sessions next month. This time the topic is UX maturity in the organisation.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

What user research when?

Christian Rohrer's graphing of user research techniques has been around for a while; he's just written a great article about it for Jakob Nielsen's

Lou Rosenfeld, elephants and research silos

A lovely article in which Lou Rosenfeld tells a few stories and makes a very important point - bring together what you learn from different research techniques for maximum insight.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Why Currys made me think about the UX of our services

Sitting on the bus the other day, I picked up a copy of the free newspaper - the Metro. The outermost pages were an advert for the electrical retailer, Currys. It was a really nice ad; one that I took back to the office to share with the team.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Remote testing session at User Vision

I went along to another excellent breakfast briefing session put on by Edinburgh UX consultants User Vision. They've made the slides available on Slideshare too.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Writing copy for interfaces - microcopy

Nicole Fenton tells us a couple of stories that lead to some really great points and advice on labels, help and error messages for user interfaces. This is a transcript of a presentation, and it reads like a really nice, engaging article.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Gestalt principles primer for interaction design

If you design interfaces on any level, you need to know about Gestalt Principles. I'm sure any designer reading this will be in granny sucking eggs territory, so this one is for the project managers, the business reps and the tech developers...

Friday, 8 August 2014

Free remote usability testing taster

I've been a long time subscriber to the remote usability testing tool They've recently introduced a free taster service - "Peek" - which I recommend you try out.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Navigation resources

Jeff Sauro pulls together a collection of articles, software and other useful stuff relating to planning website and application structure and navigation.

Simplifying user research at the UK Government Digital Service

Head of User Research Lisa Reichelt has written an interesting blog post about how the complexity of problems can be paralysing. She says that when " depends..." comes up, it's potentially over complicating things.

Friday, 1 August 2014

IA & Content Strategy - my bluffers guide to open source developers

I gave a presentation today at the Edinburgh Open Source Breakfast session, a monthly developers meet up. I had 40 minutes on the topic of information architecture and content strategy so even squeezing in a bluffer's guide was a bit of a tall order.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

What's with UX in Higher Ed? My presentation to IWMW 2014

Earlier this month, I presented at the UK Higher Education Web Managers Conference, IWMW. I talked about how user experience skills and techniques aren't as prevalent in higher education as they are in other sectors and why I thought this might be. The slides were quote and image heavy, so here is a transcript of what I said, interspersed with what my audience were tweeting as they listened.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

UX activity in UK Higher Ed web teams

To help me prepare for a presentation I'm giving at this year's IWMW web managers conference I sent out a survey to web teams asking about the user experience (UX) research and design work they do, and how formally it was integrated into their role.