When Steve Krug wrote his book ‘Don’t make me think’ his intent was to help people to learn to think like a usability expert. Over the last few years as I’ve helped other startups with the UX for their websites and apps, I’ve seen a great gap and I wanted to do something about it.
We'll admit that push notifications are a great way to keep up with new content when it arrives. However, those messages quickly become annoying when they relate to things that you really don't give a shit about. - Engadget
Today I’ve been head and knee deep into our financial forecast for the next 18 months. That brings us to July 2017. Quite a long time away and yet, not really that far away at all.
I’ve always had a particular liking for symbolic new beginnings. The end of summer holidays and the start of “autumn” is one of them. It fills me with excitement of what’s to come. And this year I’m a bit more excited than usual.
Earlier this week I met with a small company to discuss UX training for their whole team. The founder expressed how he didn’t want UX to be owned and so to speak “carried out” by one person only, but that UX should be something everyone was involved in and a way of thinking.
In 2014 I’m combining my love for fika, cafes and UX into practical, hands on learning sessions in inspiring places.
Over the soon to be three years I’ve been freelancing I’ve come across places where UX and collaborative working has been an integral part of the process and value that a company provides, and other places where it’s still been in its early infancy.
Looking back at my years doing what I do there is one thing that stands out more than anything in terms of what I’ve found the most valuable and rewarding. And that’s having a good mentor to learn from and bounce work with.
The second time I did my ‘Designing for everyone, anywhere, at any time’ talk I told the story of project flat and why one size fits all just ends up with a fair few misfits.
You don't differentiate through your product's feature set, its battery life or any other spec. The difference is emotional: Don't just do something for me, but make me happy while doing it. From the Mashable post With iOS 7, Apple Leads by Following
Simple is terrific but simplistic is not. Don’t lose important complexity. Complexity gives our lives and interfaces texture. People don’t want dumbed down interfaces. They want uncomplicated experiences. Josh Clarke via Luke W
A lot has happened in the last 10 years. Multiple devices and smartphones in particular have exploded and with that how we use the web and what we expect from it has changed.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present Jim Rohn
Just under a year ago I started teaching classes over at General Assembly in London. Since then I’ve taught 15 classes with them, here and in New York. Getting involved with General Assembly is one of the best things I’ve done.
Great product design doesn't happen because of one person. It's a team effort with everyone touching the product in some way. From the ZURblog post Designers Can Move Mountains
When it comes to product design what we like in terms of how a product will be used and how it’s actually used can be very different. Last week I paid the price for going for wishful thinking rather than facts and the actual use case.
Today we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and back taking us from the world of Manhattan to the world of Brooklyn. Though the views are seldom as beautiful we cross and build bridges every day in what we do.
It’s just over a year since we completed project flat and today we went to Ikea, again. As always you end up with quite a few things when you leave the yellow and blue store, but today it was planned.
Yesterday I watched the Closing Ceremony on iPlayer. Though I was there in person I wanted to see what it had looked like on TV. As I sat in the sofa and watched the zoomed out view of the stadium, it reminded me of the importance of balancing the bigger picture with the small details.
Recently I’ve come across a few people who have expressed concerns around what to call themselves and if what they do is right. They’ve looked to thought leaders and the general UX community for guidance but instead they’ve become insecure and scared.
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