Are you sitting next to a Space Invader? Not actually an alien except in social behaviour, a Space Invader is a person who is totally selfish, focused purely on their needs and their desires. They think nothing of using both arm rests on a plane, train, bus or tube, while pushing their elbows into your side. Most people simply put up with this boorish and narcissistic behaviour. Personally I don’t, it makes me feel physically sick to have that close contact with a complete stranger. Dangers of Space Invaders I remember posting on Facebook about it and the person was not only a Space InvaderRead More →

Humanity in Digital Landscapes

UCD2015 Conference 23rd & 24th October, Deans Mews, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN. We are delighted to confirm… [Keynote] The Joys and Sorrows of the Digital World: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Digital Landscapes Patrick Jordan, Consultant Business Psychologist [Keynote] Intelligence Everywhere: the Rise of Sympathetic Machines Susan Cook, Senior Designer, Native Design Steven Kelly, Electronic Engineer, Native Design [Keynote] Brainstruments – Adventures in Design, Cognition, and Musical Creativity Lee Sankey, Director, Designer, Innovator, Strategist | @leesankey [Keynote] Almost Everything I’ve Learned From 5 Years of Lean UX Jeff Gothelf, Author of Lean UX, Speaker, Organizational Designer | @jboogie Self-Presentation Online Aaron Parker, Senior UX Consultant, Nomensa | @AaronIRLRead More →

UCD2012

After a year and a half of planning and work UCD2012 is almost due to start. It started as a conversation on Linkedin for me, then for a while between contacts became all consuming to make it happen. As a contractor myself I argued for an event that would also be available on a Saturday as I know how hard it is to motivate someone to lose a day’s rate and then pay for a conference on top of that. To my knowledge UCD2012 is the only United Kingdom conference to focus on it’s users in this way. It’s totally appropriate for a user centredRead More →

Karl Smith Experience Consultant

About Karl Smith Karl Smith works globally with directors, stakeholders and customers of multi-national enterprises across all verticals and technology stacks whose focus is on new concepts and capabilities that drive customer engagement, interaction and retention. He creates digital companies, strategies and services that drive customer centricity into the core of client companies, that in turn enable them to realise their ambitions to engage with and establish a consistent two-way communication and interaction with their customers. These new companies and capabilities are underwritten with tailored blue sky work, digital strategy, management consulting and program planning fitting to tight timescales, strategically correct, fully featured, useable, governable, scalable,Read More →

I like many other people love to use my mobile phone to view the web, contact friends through mobile applications and keep up to date. But recent changes by companies are driving me nuts; it’s so bad that I’m considering not using their services. So what’s the problem with mobile? When the World Wide Web started to go mobile, the complex problem of screen size and control had many solutions, some worked some did not. I remember writing my first WEP site; it worked but was an awful user experience. Then CSS took over as the solution of choice, now it’s purpose built applications (lessRead More →

I finally upgraded my iPhone to the 4S from the 3GS (with the go slower shutting down for no reason capability!!!). Anyway I thought I should get some new games for some relaxing time while travelling. But I found was a new crop of games that constantly call their server without asking permission. These sinister data connections in the background without user permissions may be the new norm, I don’t know but it leaves me feeling like I’ve been had. Some of them are great fun but since they do not let me control my data costs with a settings control I have had noRead More →

Win8 is a game changer, but why the new strategy? Any knowledgeable IT and digital stratagist who understands the technology will tell you that Win8 is a game changer, but what is more significant is the way Microsoft is acting, they are thinking the way Apple used to, while Apple has moved to a 1970-80’s Microsoft! Win8 is a cultural change as much as anything else, the user is not driven to the desktop or forced into an office the devices and Win8 travel with them. I recognise that Apple users (I have both, I’m platform agnostic) will just see this as Microsoft catching up,Read More →

The UX Triangle The UX triangle is supposed to focus a project on the relationships involved in a project and how everything is centred upon the users. The UX Triangle shows the key relationships and participants in a user experience project. The outer participants are the Business (strategic and corporate), IT services (design, delivery and infrastructure) and Marketing (driving relationships, market knowledge and acquisition). Centred on User Experience (UX) and focused on the User. It’s almost as if User Experience needs to start from the beginning again, because the essential component is missing in so many critical projects because there is ‘No Budget’. If youRead More →

An interview with a UX Guru

Head of anything is evocative of responsibility, power and knowledge, but what does Head of User Experience (UX) really mean and how do you know if your getting one? User experience in its value and effectiveness is geographical and sector based, that is to say it means different things to different people by country, by business and by route to the role (in-house HR or agency service). With this many variants how can anyone be sure that they have hired a Head of User Experience? One of my colleagues in a recent contract described User Experience as turning the turd (poo) into a piece ofRead More →

On the O2 site you can tell it’s all user experience and no information architecture though, everything links so there are no dead ends, unfortunately the information being sought is missing it’s an annoying merry go round.Read More →

UX afinity diagram

United States of America The American National Standard Institute (NSSN, http://www.nssn.org ) provides a national resource for national and international standards. ANSI/HFES-200 is focused on design requirements and recommendations to increase effective usability of software interfaces. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) – http://www.hfes.org American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – http://web.ansi.org International International Standards Organisation (http://www.iso.ch/) ISO/TS 16071:2003, Ergonomics of human-system interaction covers issues associated with designing accessible software for people with the widest range of visual, hearing, motor and cognitive abilities, including those who are elderly and temporarily disabled. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) documents explain how toRead More →

International projects should be constructed in consideration of the most stringent standards this is expected to be those pertaining to the USA, but also to include ISO9241 guidelines; Australia Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission – http://www.hreoc.gov.au/ The Act provides key legal standards which inform their Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/dda1992264). Their disability standards and guidelines are hosted at http://www.hreoc.gov.au/disability_rights/standards/standards.html. Canada Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act 1976-1977 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/H-6/relprov.html ) Treasury board of Canada Secretariat The Equity and Diversity Directorate of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) –  http://commissiondelafonctionpubliqueducanada.com/research/world_ps/canada_e.htm Europe The Euro Accessibility Consortium, launched in Paris on April 28thRead More →

User centered design (UCD) is a project approach that puts the intended users (audience) of a product or piece of technology at the centre of its research, design and development. It does this by talking directly to the user at key points in the project to make sure the product or piece of technology will deliver upon their perceived requirements and align the client with their market. The following elements operate in a cycle being repeated until the project’s objectives have been attained. This makes it critical that the participants in these methods accurately reflect the profile of actual consumers. ISO 13407 outlines four essentialRead More →

The following is the first page of a Web Governance document I created and have used with a number of institutions, it’s here to layout one way to tackle this really complex type of project. 1.0    Introduction   1.1 …Background This document is intended to support the decision making process to re-establish xxxxxxxxx Web Presence under best practice Web Governance referencing current xxxxxxxxx business structures.   xxxxxxxxx (the author) has been commissioned as an independent consultant to assist xxxxxxxxx to both capture requirements and interpret these relevant to best Web Governance practice. 1.2     Document Purpose   1.2.1  Summary This Web Governance document is to defineRead More →