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I’m Joining The BBC

I’m Joining The BBC

Very sad to be leaving my role as UX / UI Designer at Johnston Press, I have a little over a week to go. It’s very tough in life to find a work place where you get on with everyone and feel the next few years will see JP produce some very exciting digital products. Truly wish them well and hope to keep in touch.

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UX Guidelines- My 10 Rough Guides

UX Guidelines- My 10 Rough Guides

I’m really partial to a set of guidelines. I think guidelines provide a simple set of rules and best practice theories that aid both experts and novices in any particular task. Through a long process of trial and error, guidelines provide tangible evidence of where we have been and what we have learnt.

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Design – Are We Still Doing The Basics?

Design – Are We Still Doing The Basics?

Maybe a really silly blog name or maybe a really clever one, I don’t know. But feel I need to get something out in the open, a rant I suppose. A few years ago someone showed me the most horrid, bandwidth blood sucking, garish, pointless and stupid flash website and asked me that is what a good designer does- what do you do? Yes, all the individual elements to the site were well drawn and crafted in PhotoShop, and the background video cleverly put together in sequence to the animated 3D characters. But this wasn’t design, this was art (and definitely not to my taste).

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The Effort and Reward Chart

The Effort and Reward Chart

I feel very honoured to say I truly love the work I do. As odd as it sounds, I like nothing more than wireframes, usability testing, visual design and just talking to people who use the products I design. Although, I feel it is really important when you are wireframing, designing or just plotting user flow around a site or app that you truly believe in your product.

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UX – The Ultimate Re-Design Process

UX – The Ultimate Re-Design Process

I’m often left wondering ‘what is the ultimate development process for a re-design‘. Suppose something that is such an open-ended question will have an endless amount of possible answers. Since I have worked within the design industry…

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The Elevator Pitch – A Useful Exercise

The Elevator Pitch – A Useful Exercise

When this term was first mentioned to me, I got to be honest I completely dismissed this as some cheap sales tactic used within Silicon Roundabout. It wasn’t until I had to create one for myself did I see how deeply useful this can be for any new project or idea you want to spread through-out the company.

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Empathy Map – A Way to Understand Your Users

Empathy Map – A Way to Understand Your Users

The empathy map is a useful exercise to run through in order to build a deeper understanding of your current user base or potential target audience. A kind of high detail persona building exercise you could call it.

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The Five Whys – Getting to Deep Level Problems Through Collaboration

The Five Whys – Getting to Deep Level Problems Through Collaboration

Understanding when there is problem is usually never difficult. Understanding the root level problem of an issue requires a little bit of structured thought. Doing this within a group not only endorses your own interpretation of root level issues it also voices other opinions and takes.

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UX Cambridge 2011 – Very Impressive

UX Cambridge 2011 – Very Impressive

I have to admit it, I was really impressed with the first ever UX Cambridge that had it’s first day today at Clare College, Cambridge.

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