Archive for the ‘design’ Category

(An article I recently wrote for the Objective Digital blog) It was sad news that Steve Jobs lost his fight with Pancreatic Cancer last week. We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things that Jobs (and Apple) brought to usability and customer experience. It is widely agreed that Steve Jobs […]


I love this video….so cute and really captures what UX design is about.  


I recently spotted a report done by the commissions of the European communities called “Design as a driver of user-centered innovation” “The working hypothesis of this document is that design is a driver and tool for user-centred and sustainable innovation and differentiation, complementary to technological R&D, and that increased use of design could increase European competitiveness. The objective […]


Design quotes

14Nov10

I have been working on a short animation about Design Thinking with a friend and have collected some quotes about design from a variety of sources…. Some food for thought. [de·sign   [dih-zahyn] ] Design is defined as both a verb and a noun, it refers to both a thing and an activity. It comes […]


Great preso acknowledging the important of CONTEXT to usability and the inter-dependencies between online services and different devices….the web is everywhere and we need to design with this in mind. And when designing we can not for one moment forget to consider the who? and the where? And not forgetting the social context of use […]


There is an article from Business Week: Apple’s design process about a presentation given at SXSW by Michael Lopp, senior engineering manage from Apple about their internal design process. I liked the idea about paired meetings where each week they have 2 meetings. – One is a free for all – a meeting to innovate […]


I was having a chat with my lead designer at work today. We recently conducted some user testing with sample users testing three alternative look and feels for a new web service we are building for a client. These tests were done online via a questionnaire. Whilst we constructed a report of this data for […]


I have been doing a lot of reading lately for my university literature review and have been thinking a lot about the relationship between user experience, design and research. These are some rough notes which are influencing my current, and continually evolving thinking on this topic. As my paper gets written, I will share more […]


I recently read a fantastic post by Penny Hagen and Michelle Gilmore about utilising user stories as a strategic design tool. I currently work for a small digital consultancy within a not-for-profit organisation called the Inspire Foundation. As mentioned within the post, we have had the opportunity to work with Penny on some of our […]


I love this presentation by Joshua Porter called Designing with Psychology in Mind. It is very clever and well put together. I love the idea that designers are in the business of changing behaviour as are psychologists so we as designers may need to add another skill to our arsenal, that of psychologist. Also the […]