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Been A While

Been A While

It has been quite sometime since my last blog post. This has been largely due to some real life changing events in my personal life if I am being honest. Firstly, I went self employed in February of this year (2015). This had been on my mind for a long, long time (4 years to be exact) but only took the plunge this year when things felt right.

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I am speaking at Digital People in Peterborough

I am speaking at Digital People in Peterborough

Been some time since I last blogged. In fact this is the first time this year. It’s been a real busy time for me working with Transport for London. A lot has happened.

So it was with great honour to be invited to talk at “Digital People in Peterborough” event. My talk, “What The Hell Do Users Know - Why we should accept we are all experience designers” will talk about design as a tool for problem solving. I will be giving some examples of my work with TfL and the BBC.

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A New, Exciting Age For DJing

A New, Exciting Age For DJing

I’m a big, big music fan. I first witnessed a rave that had pitched up near my home when I was in my early teens. By lying to my parents that I was staying at A friend’s and my friend doing the same, I went to my first rave, the Pleasuredome at 14 or 15 years of age. Looking back, it was a terrible thing to do that was really irresponsive of kids that should’ve known better.

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One Experience, Many Devices

One Experience, Many Devices

I really am loving the fact we have so many screens to work with and talk of many new ones that are going to come along in the not so distant future. Some of the things we thought belonged only within Minority Report or Bladerunner are slowly becoming part of normal life. Mobile and tablet viewports are now well established alongside the grand-daddy of all screens, desktop. IpTV is now becoming the latest addition to this Galacticos line up of ways we able to interact with data that is now being piped to these devices quicker than we could have imagined.

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Product Launch Time

Product Launch Time

After one year of hard work and extensive testing, it was great to finally see my work come to fruition. Today, the team and I presented our re-designed iSite product to 60+ BBC stakeholders.

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UX Project Kick Off

UX Project Kick Off

Sometimes when you start a new project that has been on the cards for a while it is difficult to know where to start. Lots of upfront talk and the slow build of expectation and when you finally get around to looking at it in depth you simply can not find an ideal starting place.

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Component Driven Design & Guidelines

Component Driven Design & Guidelines

Over my career, I have come across hundreds of guidelines. In fact, I have written a fair few of them myself- both for the web and for print. They are a great way of setting down standards and best practices. Although, I have seen some really well written and researched guidelines come to absolutely nothing due to its timing and execution. Recently, I was entered into a debate about style guides.

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Lean UX – Design & Development Working Quicker Towards Better Experiences

Lean UX – Design & Development Working Quicker Towards Better Experiences

At this year’s UX Cambridge, the one big ‘take away‘ topic for me was the idea of Lean UX. Wonderfully presented Jeff Gothelf, the talk centred around the idea of a lean (based on the Lean Production / Just In Time practice originally developed by Toyota) approach to design and development.

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Competitor Benchmarking – Ready Made Testing Prototypes

Competitor Benchmarking – Ready Made Testing Prototypes

A large part of the modern design process involves validating design decisions with members of your target audience (if you’re doing it right). Sometimes we able to do this simply and cheaply on paper prototypes where we are navigating from one printed sheet to another.

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BBC Connected Studio @ Facebook UK

BBC Connected Studio @ Facebook UK

Today, I attended the BBC’s version of ‘UX Factor’ held at Facebook’s London office. A workshop to help the BBC find the next great idea to help serve our audience. If you remember, it has been some time since the iPlayer first came around and although we have an amazing Radio app now…

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