All posts in category Research

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 […]

Practise like an expert, don’t communicate like one.

October 28, 2013

Peer networking in the design community is thankfully not the rarity it used to be. Where there were onceinfrequent events based around an occasional high-brow lecture or overly self-conscious ‘networking opportunity’ (ugh), thanks to any number of driven and enthusiastic individuals we now have conferences, unconventions, informal meet-ups and increasingly relevant and compelling talks. Industry […]

Truth and Reconciliation

September 12, 2013

Research can so often be construed as an inherently noble pursuit. Activity intended to increase understanding, clarity, depth of knowledge? It can only be worthy, surely. Of course, research is subjective. When governments (as an example) commission research activity, many harbour a suspicion that the findings will – conveniently – either directly support, or be […]

Cutting from the same cloth

August 16, 2013

I’ve written on this blog before about my Dad, a joiner by trade. A recent tweet has given me cause to write about him again. Dad died just as I was waking up as an adult – not in my teens, but in my twenties, as I finally started to think about design as a […]

Defining Empathy

March 19, 2013

As a student of the giants of our industry, I’m naturally a huge advocate of empathy and write often – on Twitter at least – about its importance to the UX design process. So while it may be an imperative for effective user experience design, how should empathy manifest itself? Last week I caught up […]

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