There’s nothing new about innovation

August 20, 2015

If you are familiar with phrases such as ‘early adopter’, or the bell curve model of adoption then – whether you know it or not – you are also familiar with the work of Everett Rogers. In 1962 (53 years ago at time of writing), Rogers published Diffusion of Innovations which contained not only enduring […]

Designing for Dignity

June 26, 2015

User experience professionals are vocal about the benefits of a user–focused approach, the need to remember that users are people, and the importance of dealing in human–centred design. Rationale tends to link the outcomes of a user-centred methodology with conversions and completions, funnels and fulfilment. It is less common however that we hear of the […]

User Experience is serious business

May 17, 2015

Opinions are like bellybuttons: everybody has one. It’s one of those wonderful little traits that makes us human. There is of course a right time for opinions; a design process addressing the public interface for your organisation or service is not one of them. If the debate around (for instance) a website descends into contributions […]

Formula doesn’t mean formulaic

April 23, 2015

One of the occasional criticisms hurled at user experience as a discipline is that it is simply a box–ticking accessibility exercise; that by engaging in solid research and analysis, somehow UX is the boring bitthat has to be done before real design gets a look in. Related to this is another misconception that if a diligent user–centred design […]

Usability lab hack in Yosemite & iOS8

March 23, 2015

If your work involves usability testing, chances are you are constantly trying to refine and optimise your testing set up. A recent usability study had us working in a DMZ, requiring the usability tests to take place in a specific location. No big deal there. It was however the first study we had run using iOS8 in this […]

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