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 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 »

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 »

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 »