13 ways to detox your brain

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is that I get compulsory free time in between projects. One of the biggest downsides of freelancing is that I get compulsory free time in between projects. I used to have my anxiety shoot through the roof at that time… “will I find something else?” “When?” “Who will […] continue reading »

How I applied for permanent residence as an EU citizen living in the UK

So the first thing I did, a few months after “WTF, did Brexit really just happen?” settled into my brain, was to google like mad about permanent residency. (If you don’t want to read the whole story, you can always skip to the checklist at the end.) Research And… I ended up on a few […] continue reading »

“What is UX” for Startups

I’m at a startup, as Head of UX, shaping a product that’s launching next week, and helping the team find ways of working that make them be more productive and feel more empowered. One of the challenges with the otherwise small and jovial company, is that there is already a silo: Marketing. What’s wrong with […] continue reading »

How to win at UX

UX is trendy, and we should all rejoice… Except UXers often work to unrealistic expectations, (“make this product user-friendly in 8 weeks”) try to solve non-existent problems (“build that team a dashboard with metrics XYZ”), and are seldom allowed time to do real research or work as a team (“we don’t have time for that, […] continue reading »

Wanderlust: Barcelona’s Architecture

I had been wanting to visit Barcelona since 1999-2000, when I took an architecture course and discovered Art Nouveau housing and the work of Gaudí. That dream finally came true after so many years thanks to a contract ending a bit early, my partner having a few days of holiday he couldn’t carry over, and […] continue reading »

Why are UX take home tasks so crap?

The UX industry suffers from a delusion: that the take-home task is a good way to understand what each candidate for a job is capable of. This isn’t 100% wrong, but it sure as hell is flawed!! I’ve written about why I think this is flawed, included some examples of – REAL – good and […] continue reading »

How BA failed at maths, humanity, and service design

I’ve been on FOUR BA flights since 27th December 2016. This only matters because the last one was a VERY different experience from the first three. The first two were First Class (we used avios, sit back down), and awesome. On my last and fourth one, however, I discovered BA’s new policy of not serving […] continue reading »

Sketchbook Mondays: Cup sleeve and card holder

One of the problems I’ve always had is that I my hands are hyper-sensitive to heat. In itself this is small, but in 2017, I decided to stop having milky coffees. I’ve never digested milk very well, and it was time to stop it again. So it would be mostly americanos for me in 2017! […] continue reading »

Three ways to get some user testing done in group workshops

I’ve just spent six weeks on a completely insane project. The aspect I want to write about is how this insane project had no scope for (or understanding of) user testing, even though we needed to do some. And this article is about three “hacks” I devised to get some user feedback regardless of what […] continue reading »

Losing my faith in Apple…

I have been evangelising for Apple since the second iPad hit the shelves in Spring 2011. (A camera! Reading! Doodling! Watching stuff!! Big screen!! Photo-notes!!!)  Today, this ends. It’s not my fault that I will no longer be praising the advantages of Apple hardware. It’s Apple’s. One small choice they made is a direct insult […] continue reading »

Two heads are better than one

I’ve been working with someone. This is note-worthy, because I have mostly worked alone. Most companies today think that one UX Architect is enough to fix All The Things going wrong in a project. We are UX co-leads on a Big Fat Software Rewrite project. On our first day, a Monday, we were told that […] continue reading »

Linear calendar: Plan the rest of the year now!

In August last year, I felt I had no control over my life. Or not enough. So I made a linear calendar to plan the year ahead. I figured if I could plan, then I would be in control. Makes sense, right? Now, in May 2016, I find myself in the same position again. Seeking […] continue reading »

Weekend project: Digitising weather reports!

Weekend project. Digitising #weather reports so I can have LEDs helping me dress every day (instead of the cognitive load of numbers & remembering what yesterday was like) #UX #design #electronics #informationDesign #watercolourpencils Image first posted on instagram. It all started with the London weather being a little bit nuts. One day was summer, the […] continue reading »

A diagram of the UX Architecture / Design process 

Some months ago, I was working at a lovely software development place that specialises in the hospitality industry. Over there, I was part of a development team that worked on a series of mobile-first web-based task-centred apps. And I was the only person who “did” UX… This is a short-ish story of why I now […] continue reading »

Should developers think for themselves?

I just had a weird conversation with a colleague in our standup meeting. We have a new developer who joined recently and is specialised in working on a particular platform. My colleague argues that if we send the dev my UX wireframes for the improvements, which are made in the sketchy style of balsamiq, he […] continue reading »

useful illustrations for off-season shoe storage

The seasons are changing and I am swapping out summer things for winter things, starting with the hardest things to wear out-of-season: shoes. Everyone says you should put one pair in one box and stick a photo on it. But those people must have a home printer or a way to take expert photos on white […] continue reading »

“an Agile user story is ready when…” definitions (comic strip version!)

In my most recent job, we are working in Agile. This is something I am unfamiliar with and am having fun learning about. Possibly too much fun. Today, we had people stopping on their way to places just to look at our team’s definitions of “ready”. The chipmunk (I attempted a kitten) asking for comments […] continue reading »

documenting responsive web design for CMS authors

This is a page out of a series of specs I wrote for a particular set of websites that use RWD (Responsive Web Design). It was created for the CMS authors and for the devs. It illustrates the behaviour of the title-text-image-moreButton block on various screen sizes, after it was built on a CMS with […] continue reading »

linear calendar for better planning (with post its)

Despite being an Engineer (or perhaps because of it) I am prone to reinventing the wheel. This is a post about how I reinvented the calendar, for the purposes of planning ahead, and doing it better. I am unsatisfied with calendars. Base 7 doesn’t come as naturally as base 10. And cutting things up in […] continue reading »

how I used UX principles to organise my wardrobe

The basis of User Experience is “who is the user” and “what do they need”. I have applied these principles to my wardrobe. Here’s how. primary wardrobe usage: getting dressed for what the day holds I use my wardrobe for getting dressed in the mornings, and for putting clothes away in the evenings (or after […] continue reading »

13 things I have done since 1st January 2015

There have been no recent blog updates, and that is because I’ve had a very busy – and preoccupied – start to 2015! When I say “busy”: since January 1st I have: Flown to Athens for a weekend to celebrate my dad’s 80th Birthday. We had a great time, with coffee by the seaside in […] continue reading »

heuristics of giving and receiving gifts

I love giving gifts. I also love receiving them. Over the years, I have discovered a few basic rules about gifts. Good gifts. Both the giving and receiving. December is upon us, so I am sharing them in case someone finds them helpful. Getting the right thing, seeing the reaction of surprise, delight and happiness. […] continue reading »

heated shrug for the modern office #crazyideas

Ever find yourself freezing in the office? I do. Aircon is brutal. These days, I am sat right in the firing range of not one, but two aircon units, both aimed at my right arm. The one behind me is lethal: when it goes polar, I shiver, wrap myself in my scarf, put my coat […] continue reading »

my prep for “cheating” in NaNoWriMo 2014

I have participated in NaNoWriMo since first discovering it the early 2ks. I have managed to “win” (write 50’000 words in 30 days) ONCE. It is a daunting challenge of quantity over quality. And this year I am planning to cheat. I will write essays instead of a Novel, and below I share the topics […] continue reading »

how I fixed Vogue’s Fashion Night Out #FNO

Ok, so I didn’t fix it. I just did something slightly OCD only for me. My friend saw what I’d done, loved it, and encouraged me to tell the story and the vision of what FNO could, some day, have. what is FNO? A few weeks ago was the much-anticipated Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. The […] continue reading »

why I call myself a “UX Architect”.

People with my skills have been called UI designers, business analysts, information architects, interaction designers and a few other things besides. This is confusing and tiring. I have chosen “UX Architect”, and I have a reason. Firstly, “UX” stands for user experience, and is an offshoot of Human-Computer Interaction. My choice of “UX Architect” is […] continue reading »

Forget the jetpack. Where is my idea-to-blog app?

Forget the jetpack. Where is my idea-to-blog app? Seriously. What does it take to note, write, edit, and publish in one place? And why is it so hard to write away from a computer? I don’t have the time to write anymore. And I think that tech is partially responsible for this, as I am […] continue reading »

so wait a few years and it will stop

As I start thinking about the incipit (first few words) of this article, I realise I was about to describe my outfit to you. Then I stopped. There is nothing wrong with my outfit. There is nothing wrong with me. The men who holler out “hey sexy” are the ones who are wrong. Not me. […] continue reading »

Venezia: my place out of time

I did not read. I took photos instead. A lot of photos. Last month, I went to Venice (for the third time). I went with The Man, who finally said that Venice “exceeded [his] expectations”. This isn’t something I’ll hear often, especially not about holidays. San Marco The most famous thing about Venice is St […] continue reading »

I promise not to read…

I read a lot. I am always reading. Street signs, menus, books on the tube, magazines with my coffee, newspaper headlines as i pass a newsstand. I am a reader.  My favourite escape and one of my favourite pastimes in life is to expose my brain to new experiences, information, emotions and ideas, using books. […] continue reading »

#sketchbookMondays – sketchnotes from behavioural boozenomics

There is a behavioural economics meetup in London that has been running for two years now. Last week, i went to their two year anniversary event. They had a lecture / interview with George Loewenstein and Rory Sutherland. More details on Nathalie’s RSA blog. I don’t know Nathalie. But I do think I met her […] continue reading »

who are you calling “extrovert”? The (colourful) secret to faking it in a world gone loud.

Before discovering the internet, I was the quiet child who didn’t ask a single question in 13 years of schooling. Ok. Maybe one or two questions. I dreaded being called to the board to solve things, despite being good at it. I just hated being in the spotlight. And now, I’m talking to you about […] continue reading »

war of the museums: British Museum vs Royal Academy

This is, of course, an unfair fight. The British Museum has long brought a knife to a gun fight. A tradition in history, documenting, archiving, and an obvious affinity for achaeology must have served them well from the 1800s… But when it comes to designing exhibits, in 2014, I think they could use some help. […] continue reading »

Dinah Casson #talkingInteriors lecture at RCA – Notes #madewithpaper

Last night, I went to a lecture by Dinah Casson, of Casson-Mann, given at the RCA in Kensington. The gist of it was “think about the users”, and “they come to relax, learn, be surprised, laugh, cry, and leave as changed people”. Casson Mann design museums and exhibitions. If you made it to the AMAZING […] continue reading »

The ethics of web design: do we have any?

What makes someone an expert? A wise woman once told me that you are an expert “when others come to you for answers”. Well. It does take a little bit more: such as the ability to answer questions, repeatedly, correctly, memorably. There is a requirement to educate, surprise and spread knowledge and skills. Do that […] continue reading »

I need a Paul Smith shirt: mobile app for shopping malls

What if you owned a big mall, say out in Kent, and you had a website that existed, but that you weren’t sure was very helpful? Maybe your stores listing was confusing. I’d love to poke around a mall’s google analytics data! Look at failed searches, where users quit, what they type in… Treasure trove […] continue reading »

can languages help you think and design better?

Today is UNESCO International Mother Language Day. This year, we celebrate Turkish. My mother language is Greek, and oddly my mother and grandmother both spoke turkish as well. We’re not your typical Greeks. Consider most Europeans, for instance. As a vast majority, most of us are born and raised in a single country. Our education […] continue reading »

first 4 things I do on a temporary work mac

easy-lock my screen I am not an expert mac user. I am, however, a pretty damn good windows user, having even administered large user networks in the past. So when I step away from a windows machine, I always press (Windows + L), which locks the computer. Try it. It’s excellent. [WARNING] A friend of […] continue reading »

going off-topic in a blog post doesn’t have to be a problem. A (short) evernote story.

Contracting is a busy life choice. Since I started, I have had significantly less time to write on my blog, and it makes me very sad. So whenever I have some quiet time when I am not drained, or when I’ve had an idea, I try to immediately write something that I could turn into […] continue reading »

what the arrow inside your textbox means (on a 3×3 grid)

I was drawing up a UI (surprised?), and somehow started thinking about where I should put the little arrow in my box of text. That caused me to pause, and think. UX Architects overthink… and then blog about it, it’s terrible. But maybe it will be useful some day. So I concluded that the little […] continue reading »

in praise of mindmaps, for parties, requirements, and xmas

When was the last time you were thinking (and thinking, and thinking) about a project that needed doing, and you had several ideas, things to progress, things to read up on, people to talk to about certain topics, and functions you wanted your system to perform… except… there was no rhyme or reason to how […] continue reading »

how I learnt to stop worrying and love talking to strangers

Today I attended a conference run by Digital Doughnut. I knew they did digital, I knew they were related to marketing, and I did meet people who worked in the field. But what blew my mind was the stories, backgrounds and odd serendipities (is that a word?) that brought them to marketing in the first […] continue reading »

7 with 7, and other instagram statistics

I’ve been so terrible at writing blog posts, and I love taking photos. I’m still doing my one photo a day project, and I thought a small retrospective on that topic could be interesting. This is all happening on instagram. (the photos in the header of this page? They’re from my instagram feed!) What do […] continue reading »

Sketchbook Monday! Indestructible travel card holders, free to test!

Ok. So maybe not “indestructible”. But if you use one of my travel card holders and it falls apart (you know, how the plastic ones do?) within a year of purchase, i’ll make you an identical new one for free! Yes, this applies to sit-on-it-daily young men too. No guarantees on the cards contained though! […] continue reading »

how disruptive has mobile technology become?

Amusingly perhaps, my topic of choice this week is mobiles, how ubiquitous they have become and how we deal with their interruptions. I decided this on Monday. On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Microsoft would be buying nokia’s devices and services. I never expected to be blogging about mobiles and my love of nokia on the week its death sentence was pronounced. But there you go. Serendipitous irony. […] continue reading »

how do you sell yourself, if you hate selling yourself?

I was talking to a friend the other day. Ok. We were talking about someone we know. It’s this really great guy, who is incredibly good at his job and has true understanding and vision in his field. But his immediate managers cannot see what he sees. And he finds himself periodically wanting to change […] continue reading »

Can you tell your mother to not read your blog / twitter / facebook? Or why it’s good for other generations (younger or older) to join social media

Last week, my mother surprised me when she told me she was reading my blog. This means she googled me, like anyone in the world can. And I was surprised. Why? […] continue reading »

what do squid ink pasta, mint and a @kindleUk ebook have in common? #recipe

I know it doesn’t look appetising, but trust me, it was delicious. Squid ink pasta, rocket pesto, salmon, tomatoes, mint. This is how my flatmate and I came up with the recipe… And how you can repeat it at home! One sunny Saturday, I was working at home (on a personal project, don’t freak out) […] continue reading »

sketchbook Monday: dress pattern making

I want to make a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding this weekend. Yes. This weekend. In 5 days. I’m not sure I’ll manage, but my sketchbook looks more optimistic. I have the fabric, the zip, the matching thread and the dress idea. Alas, mother says the (terrible anyway) sewing machine we have here […] continue reading »

how to make introductions and be a good hostess in 140 characters or less

I still remember walking around Hursley, following a fellow tweep who wanted to introduce me to some awesome IBMers he knew. What i did not expect, was for him to use my twitter handle, @eurydice13, as part of the introduction. I am grateful, because by finding me on twitter he may have literally saved my […] continue reading »

you are kindly invited to sponsor my amazon addiction (or how I added a paypal “donate” button to my wordpress blog)

I have just started working as a freelancer, and intend to continue blogging and expanding my knowledge. Sadly, both of these pursuits, while extremely pleasant, are lucrative for amazon and bring me nothing more than joy. So I’ve decided, a bit belatedly, to add a paypal “donate” button to my blog for anyone who would […] continue reading »

sketchbook Mondays – laptop work bag

A sketch for a handbag inspired by Longchamp’s simple pliage “H” base pattern. Carries laptop in the centre, notebook, kindle, ipad in the “back”, and cables and other tidbits in the front. Handles would be wide for comfort. Longchamp’s laptop bags, to my surprise, value aesthetics over usability and persist in having stringy painful straps. […] continue reading »

do I really need a photo for Linked in?

So last week I was kindly requested to take photographs of some of our senior executives, so they could update their various online profiles, both internal and external. I brought my camera in and diligently grabbed a series of portraits. I then cleaned them up, worked some Picasa magic (we don’t have Photoshop here), cropped, […] continue reading »

Make them beautiful! Make them free! Publishers, the reading paradigm is shifting!

This week, a good friend of mine is releasing a new book. I am dying to read it, and he’s already got a copy for me, which is amazing. Thing is… I’ll never carry a hardcover around now that I have a kindle to read from. And I don’t want to pay double for books […] continue reading »

my ideal todo list would have 4 dimensions

I wrote recently about time-boxing, and that got me to thinking that productivity isn’t just about shoving things into a calendar. It’s also about making the most of the time you’ve got, limiting context-switching, and remembering what needs to get done. After quite a bit of pondering, I concluded that my ideal todo list would […] continue reading »

Floorplan furniture puzzle

Five years ago, I moved into a small one bedroom flat. And even before moving in, I took measurements, created a floorplan, and tried to arrange the furniture, see how I could make it fit. The amusing thing is I conjured up 19 ways of placing them, starting with 0, the layout they were in […] continue reading »

I may have found a camera!

As the title of the post says, I may have found a camera!!! it all started with a photo hunt This weekend, The Man and a friend of his decided to go photo hunting. There was a lengthy debate about where to go, and we ended up in various lobbies of British heritage, from the […] continue reading »

Flat-hunting: i own too much stuff

Months ago, I saw this excellent photo project “Millenials and everything they own“. It consists of a series of photos of people, next to all their stuff. Like this. So when I started to look for flats, after seeing the first place, my first reaction was to try and figure out what I would need […] continue reading »

Sunshine and despair: Greece is bleeding

The sun is shining, the sky is the blue of postcards, and yet despair shrouds the country. People starving, begging, stealing. One retired gentleman immolated himself in April 2012, as he did not want to leave debts for his children. He saw no future for himself, his family. He was 77. My father’s age. I […] continue reading »

timeboxing tomatoes – or what is timeboxing and why is it good?

timeboxing tomatoes The pomodoro “italian for tomato” technique had me giggling for a bit, before I read on – thank you wikipedia :Pomodoro technique – and found out it was a desperate student cramming for exams who decided to focus his attention using a tomato-shaped kitchen timer. “Let the first stone be cast…”. So we’ve […] continue reading »

Flat-hunting: i quit (for now)

yet another flat Last night i saw YAF (yet another flat). In fairness, a house. The very large double room was really nice. I’m talking good furniture, space, light green walls, space, south-facing windows, space,… The five housemates lovely. And, most importantly, all of my things would have fit!! yet another no So of course, […] continue reading »

The UX of 21st century tv series

I love stories. And television series are lovely little drip-fed stories with the same characters, new gags, amusing plot twists, that go on and on for 12 hours each season… but are released on an arbitrary weekly schedule and time! They’re the television equivalent of Harry Potter, Kushiel’s Dart triple-trilogy, the classic The Three Musketeers […] continue reading »

Theatre Director website – sketches

A friend of a friend needs a website. She’s an award-winning theatre director and professor in the USA, so her website needs to convey her experience and vision. I asked her why she does what she does, why she has chosen to direct, and she said that she loves telling stories, showing relationships about people, […] continue reading »

can web design be free?

If I am stuck with a budget of next-to-nothing, can I still design for the web at the level I normally deliver? Can, ultimately, web design be free? “adobe” is web-design for “wealthy” I have been fortunate enough to work on Adobe products for most of my web designing life, so creating lovely interactive buttons, […] continue reading »

reusable html-css container for IBM Connections

At work, we have a regular "broadcast" and want a consistent look So I'm testing out setting up a pre-fabricated html-with-css container for a newsletter sort of thing that is broadcast on a regular basis. I have created a container which you can copy from lower down on this post. If you paste its contents […] continue reading »

the UX of photography: how am I going to choose a camera?

I’ve been wanting a “real” camera for a long time, and now that I am dating an amateur photographer and camera collector (when you have more than half a dozen cameras, you’ve got a collection, chéri), my lack of equipment is made apparent on a semi-daily basis. I own a Rollei 35S which is in […] continue reading »

First 2013 picture of Holland Park

Holland Park, a beautiful London park, has picked up and broadcast my photo as its first photo of the year! How cool is that? Here’s the photo that earned the “first photo of 2013” accolade, from my instagram. See it on Holland Park’s facebook page. the story On the first day of 2013, I went […] continue reading »

eurydice13’s year on twitter

This is a short compilation of what I have been up to, on twitter, courtesy of the vizify team. I’ve had a vizify bio for a long time now, and for new year’s, they’ve added in the “year on twitter” page to it. Turns out that, predictably, my post popular topic was #365, thanks to […] continue reading »

Here are the insides of my notebook. How do you work?

My friend Peter Warwick-Mahoney, web developer extraordinaire (and a fairly awesome human, too) just tweeted about how a lot of his work starts on the back of an envelope, challenging the twittersphere to reply “how do _you_ work?”. I love learning about how people get things done, and quite fancied writing a reply longer than […] continue reading »

Qype: Sketch Glade in London

If I were to sum up sketch, it would be “a constant surprise”. Between the “marelle” drawn on the floor at the entrance, the fairy forest bar, the delicious cocktails, the nearly alice-in-wonderland main dining room and the borderline clockwork-orange-lookalike egg-shaped toilets… well… sketch simply does not stop surprising you. All I had was a […] continue reading »

The Caffé series: London coffee chains

So I’ve decided to finally write about where to I find good coffee in London. My first ever caffeine-inspired post is about the top three (four since 2012) coffee chains. I used to hate coffee, down to the smell of it, due to parental associations with cigarettes, wasted time, late nights, and general bad health. […] continue reading »

Curses and blessings of PowerPoint

One of the strongest features of powerpoint is also one of its weaknesses. Slide masters. The ability to set up a consistent layout and format goes to pot when that format cannot be edited from its context of use. Ever tried fixing alignment on a slide when you can’t see the content? Then you haven’t […] continue reading »

And then there was Prezi

I’m sure you’ve heard of Prezi. If you hadn’t until this week, then perhaps this lovely one about the US elections will have caught your eye. Election Results Prezi on Prezi What makes prezi cool Nice flow to items shown, making it incredibly refreshing compared to slide decks, a legacy of the sixties Easy to […] continue reading »

UX Design verticals

While learning more about my discipline (user experience architecture), I discovered that I may have been mislabeling myself. There is a taxonomy matrix of skills / roles that has been developed by MethodBrain, and it doesn’t quite agree with what I thought was applicable. It is worth marking out the items on it that I […] continue reading »

How *you* can improve IBM Lotus Connections search

If I had a penny for the number of times I’ve heard “send me the link” or “I need to bookmark this”… I’d have a whole lot of coins the vending machines won’t accept! Jokes aside, we need to talk about search. Give me two minutes of your time today, and I’ll save you ten […] continue reading »

Caravan heaven

The most unprepossessing entrance to the worst kept secret in London! A brunch fit for… Well… The eclectic foodie. One of my best friends in the world had just come back from visiting his family back in Greece. He felt guilty and relieved at being back in London. He’d missed the place. And, to be […] continue reading »

You can shop, but only with IE, says Marks & Spencer

It all began with a simple tweet. Marks and Spencer advertised Autumn outfit ideas, and posted the link to a page with a nice scrolling gallery. Looked like flash. It wasn’t, it’s designed in HTML/CSS, making it in theory very accessible. I browsed the gallery quickly, all items popped up as “out of stock” when […] continue reading »

Qype: Leicester Square Bar and Restaurant in London

London – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Bistros Food: Excellent Service: Lovely but sloooooooooow. Do not go there if you are at all in a rush. Bonus: Takes TasteCard (even on Fridays) for 50% off the food. Also has absolutely lovely armchair seats. So the slow service is happily tolerable, even pleasant. Favourites: Calamari […] continue reading »

Qype: Gaucho in Richmond

Richmond – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Steak Houses A well-kept secret, Richmond’s edition of the popular Gaucho has perched itself just by the waterside, under a massive oak tree (is it an oak tree? My herbology isn’t up to scratch). It has lovely seating both indoors and outdoors, with wall-to-wall windows making a […] continue reading »

Qype: L’Escargot Restaurant in London

London – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Gourmet – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – French – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant Two stars based on disappointment rather than quality.The food just… didn’t cut it. If it weren’t for a special offer we all had, this wouldn’t have been worth the money by a […] continue reading »

SW_trains and Waterloo’s Olympic prep

London’s Waterloo station is getting ready for the Olympics. Today I noticed the absolutely huge panels covering the ticket machines. They’re nice, bright, visible from a distance, and -my favourite part- actually showcase a massive ticket! Instant recognition factor for anyone who’s seen a south west trains ticket before! I’m thinking it will also come […] continue reading »

Supper club to Restaurant: website and brand identity

In the spring of 2010, a friend of my best friend told me she wanted a website. I asked “what for?”. A supper club. I can’t even remember if I knew what those were at the time, but they were all the rage. I love making websites and getting people a presence on the internet […] continue reading »

IBM SPSS Modeler & Decision Management | UI Design

I lead design on the new IBM SPSS Decision Management suite of applications. This is a set of configurable web-based applications that bring predictive analytics to business users. My task was to design a front-end that would allow non-expert users to take advantage of data analysis tools available on IBM SPSS Modeler Server, combine them […] continue reading »

Publishing, web design, newsletters, advertisements

My main role was to coordinate development of a web-based applications’ newly specified features. Due to good synergy with the head of Sales, I ended up contributing to a very large extent to both sales documentation but mostly to print and online campaigns, both with slogans as well as original artwork. My layout, graphical and […] continue reading »

Website, branding, with course listings, and testimonials

Rebuilt the website for Anderson Food Hygiene to be more professional and useful for their customers. The goal was to highlight the history of the company, give full listings of the various available courses, advertise the next special offers, and give directions to the various venues where the courses were held. The information architecture was […] continue reading »

Technical documentation

I wrote a set of user manuals for Supply Insights’ series of applications. I also advised them on usability issues with their web-based products. This was contractual work. The manuals were distributed in PDF format, and later an online version was also made available to users. Authored an administrator’s configuration manual which was task-oriented, for […] continue reading »

Harry Potter duelling wand – HCI Project

Task: The project consisted of creating an interactive toy of our invention for the market. Idea: I suggested we create motion-sensitive dueling wands based on Harry Potter. Different motion patterns cast different attacking or defensive spells. The shielding level was shown on the wand, and a “hit” wand timed out while it recuperated. Approach: After […] continue reading »