This blog post is long overdue. At UX Cambridge 2012, I was lucky enough to be joined by my friends Mel Findlater (@melfindlater) and David “Sheff” Barker (@mcshefferty) in running a workshop called “Design for Society”. The aim was to give participants an taste of running a participatory design session, and we included both UX designers (conference attendees) and “real people” – in this case, long-term wheelchair users and their carers. Thank you to everyone who took part!
To follow up on the ‘innovation game’ I did along with Antony Quinn at UX Cambridge 2011 (which was a great conference, by the way!), here’s how you can run your own speed sketching workshop.
UIE (User Interface Engineering) are giving free access to their Web App Masters Tour Show — just sign up with your email address before Monday 14 March.
The recordings and slide decks contain great information like dealing with complex navigation, integrating social components, moving away from static forms, and using design patterns.
You’ll hear from top web app masters like Luke Wroblewski, Hagan Rivers, Bill Scott, Stephen Anderson, and Jared Spool. And you’ll get the details on Facebook, Twitter, 37signals, and Marriott Corporation’s design process.
Those of you who deal with search interfaces might be interested to check out a free webinar, entitled “Findability – Designing the Search Experience“, to be given by Tyler Tate on Wednesday, August 18th, 18:00 GMT.
Sign up to attend this webinar (requires registration).
Search interfaces are a really fascinating area of user experience design, given how widely-used that kind of interface is.
The guy behind xkcd did a colour survey relatively recently. The idea behind the survey was to test users visual perception of colours, so what they identify as being red, green, blue and so forth. Moreover, it tests the differences in perception between males and females (and the maturity of the responses :) ).
If you’re particularly interested in colour, here are some links:
Poynton colour FAQ
On Thursday, May 20th, Matias Piipari from the Sanger Institute gave us a 90 minute tutorial on using Apple’s Cocoa framework for application development, and he concentrated specifically on the possibilities for scientists.