[May 2015] – I’m tending to refer to these things as “[key] activity descriptions” these days, since the “diagram” bit could sometimes be confusing. You could also refer to it as an “activity canvas”, too. Anyway…
I had the privilege of giving a quick talk at EuroIA 2014, entitled “Maybe there’s more to this than user-centered design?”. As you might have guessed, I think there is more: I wanted to explore and share some thoughts I had about how we approach UX design in complex settings like scientific service design (and others besides). In recent project work, I’ve been using modified activity diagrams to help me characterise apparently important activities. I thought this might be useful for other people, too.
Picture of activity diagram template – click to download a PDF version
The final EBI Interfaces speaker for 2011 will be design consultant, Giles Colborne. The author of Simple & Usable will speak to us about the “Secrets of simplicity“. There might be the opportunity for some audience interaction, too, beyond just asking questions. Giles is a really engaging speaker, and he will no doubt want to involve you, the audience, as much as possible!
WHERE: M203, Cairns Pavilion, Wellcome trust Genome Campus
WHEN: Thursday, December 1st, 14h00
As usual, if you don’t work on the Genome Campus but you would like to attend this course, please contact me and I can arrange for your visit.
We have three great events to go before Christmas (hey, they’re already selling Christmas puddings in the shops!).
October 17, 14h00 -15h00, Webinar: “Principles of Web Navigation: Advanced Design Techniques” (one hour) – James Kalbach
November 14, 15h00 – 16h00, Talk: “The language of software: the role of content strategy in software development” – Des Traynor
December 1, 15h00 – 16h00, Talk: “Secrets of Simplicity” – Giles Colborne
The webinar will be in C209 (near Sanger reception), and the talks will be in M203 (next to the restaurant).