User Experience

Deadly set: how too much focus causes mistakes.

Aviation Psychologist David Beaty on the phenomenon of ‘Set’ (1991): ‘Set’ is a survival characteristic we have inherited. The human brain evolved to help individuals live and survive circumstances very different from our own. It predisposes us to select our … Continue reading

The slippery slope

A paraphrased transcript of my talk at SMX Munich 2013 Let’s start with a little game. In iOS, there’s an ad tracking feature that allows advertisers to identify you (albeit anonymously). It’s turned on by default. Let’s see if we … Continue reading

Are you in a teflon-coated UX role?

Maybe you’re a UX researcher, passing choice insights into the product development machine. If what comes out the other side doesn’t seem right, you feel free to bitch and moan. “Didn’t they listen to the findings I gave them?” Maybe … Continue reading

Sneaking responsive in under the radar using an mdot site.

Let’s face it, there’s the right way to do design, then there’s the pragmatic way to get things done within your organisation. The two are often not the quite same thing. Let’s say you want to create an elegantly minimal … Continue reading

The drunkard’s search

“There is the story of a drunkard, searching under a lamp for his house key, which he dropped some distance away. Asked why he didn’t look where he dropped it, he replied ‘It’s lighter here!’. Much effort […] in behavioural … Continue reading

Powwowapp: for scheduling research

This is neat. Powwowapp is free little app to help you schedule research appointments. If you work in a UX agency then you’re probably used to paying about £70-£100 a head finders fee for some recruiter to trawl their database … Continue reading

Assumptive Personas

It seems that assumptive personas are getting fashionable again, thanks to Lean UX’s Proto-Personas and Gamestorming’s Empathy Maps. Getting stakeholders to think about their users is a good thing, but it’s dangerous when you start treating them as facts rather … Continue reading

Moving on.

Yesterday I quit my job at Clearleft to become an independent UX consultant. I’m going to miss this place. What I’ve loved about Clearleft is that it’s just so different to any other agency I’ve worked at. There’s no company … Continue reading

Dark Patterns Awards at SXSW 2013: Last Call for Submissions!

Image credit: Paul McDonald Which website would you nominate to win an award as the most deceptive, sneaky and manipulative of the last 12 months? I’m very interested in hearing from you, even if you feel it’s already common knowledge … Continue reading

Combining Reflector and Silverback for iOS Usability Testing

If you provide usability testing as a service, it’s pretty standard for your clients to expect video footage to be digitally recorded and piped into a viewing room. So what do you when you’re usability testing on an iOS device? … Continue reading