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 »

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 »

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 »

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 Architectโ€ is […] 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 โ€œwhen others come to you for answersโ€. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »