Musings on design, user experience, culture and working life.
User experience 9 min read
Microcopy is anything from error messages, hints to button text and form labels. Here are a few of my favourite recommendations for formatting and dealing with microcopy.
User experience 10 min read
Mapping out how a user might interact with a product is key to creating a fluid user experience. Flowcharts and task flows are pervasive design tools, yet they lack the human factor and lead to a less than engaging ways to conceptualise the user flow.
User experience 6 min read
Product designers are hiding the workings of the system as they try to create a better user experience. Users are becoming increasingly divorced from their actions. Is there a danger here? Why should designers counteract this and can we be smarter without sacrificing simplicity?
Working life 6 min read
A selection of articulate and informative UX and Web experts in design land who are perfect to listen to on your commute to work if you are so inclined.
Art and design 15 min read
Are you depressed about your design skills? Panic attacks over that presentation? Looking down the abyss of artistic failure? Well, it’s not that bad. All you need are a few basic principles to help you through.
Culture 4 min read
Described as the ‘Mount Everest’ of graphical musical scores, Treatise still manages to surprise with its invention and beauty of graphic notation.
Art and design 3 min read
How Picassos’ series of simple and brilliant bull sketches can teach us about creating better user experience.
User experience 4 min read
How many UX books have you read that were uninspiring reads? I present some of the best UX books out there for your reading pleasure.
An utterly depressing, but ultimately enlightening example of what not to do when designing an online experience
User experience 5 min read
Badly designed software and bad user experience can make the user feel that they are in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Here’s an example that will make your eyes water.