A little bit of UI design

While I am keen to make it understood that UX design is not UI design, now and then, I am asked to help design a user interface. During the summer, I was pulled onto a project last minute: “Can you help us with this presenter interface?”. It turned out to be an interesting little exercise, and the end result seems to be pretty good.


Start screen from the control panel

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Feb 22: Visual Design Essentials for Non-Designers

After the customary post-Christmas somnolence, the first EBI Interfaces event of 2012 is here… and my apologies for the short notice!

WHERE: Courtyard Room, EBI (ask at reception if you’re not sure where it is)

WHEN: Wednesday Feb 22nd, 15h00

Seating is always a bit of a challenge in the Courtyard Room, so please arrive promptly to make sure you get a seat.

Visual design for non-designers

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Upcoming talks, autumn 2011

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).

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Science and Social Media – Sept 22, 2011

After a sumertime hiatus, EBI Interfaces will be back with a talk  towards the end of September with a talk on “Science & Social Media – Making Your Work More Visible and Engaging“.

Twitter birdy saying "science"

Nicola Osborne, Social Media Officer for EDINA, will talk about effective ways to use Social Media to communicate your work. Nicola will talk about strategies, tools, guidelines and ways to plan, manage and monitor social media to engage the people you want to communicate your scientific work with. She will draw upon her extensive experience of advising JISC-funded projects, academic researchers and the wider community on social media.

WHERE: M203, Cairns Pavilion, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

WHEN: Thursday, Sept 22, 15h00

As always (though it perhaps isn’t obvious), external visitors are welcome to attend this talk. Please contact me, though, to arrange your visit.

To find out a bit more about the kind of things Nicola works on, you can read her Soapbox Science article written for nature.com.

Write-up: Software East UX night

Software East UX event March 2011 screengrabA few of us went along to the Software East event where Jenny Cham was speaking. My notes from the four talks are below. 

The evening was organised by Mark Dalgarno of Software Acumen, and was one of the events he puts on as part of the Software East group. It was held at the offices of Red Gate Software, in Cambridge, and there were around 100 attending.

The talks included:

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Michele Ide-Smith (Cambridgeshire County Council) Embedding usability in your organisation
  • 19:00 – 19:30 Stephen Chambers (Red Gate): Things we learned when redesigning the Red Gate website
  • 19:30 – 20:00 Break
  • 20:00 – 20:30 Jenny Cham (EMBL-EBI): Why did you click there?  How to run 1-to-1 usability testing
  • 20:30 – 21:00 Rob Kerr & Neil Turner (Cambridge Assessment) Remote User Testing 101

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New EBI search offers easy access to biological data

EMBL-EBI has launched a unique search service that makes it easier for life scientists to browse vast stores of publicly available biological data and related information. With more than 300 million entries indexed and updated daily, the search provides an efficient gateway to all of the major EBI data collections. Find out more about searching the EBI (PDF).

EBI homepagem featuring the enhanced search box

My colleague, Jenny Cham, led the user experience analysis which fed into the development of this enhanced search service, and I helped out with some of the user interviews and usability testing sessions that were carried out as part of this.

Observing a wide range of scientists, working at different institutions, gave us a lot of insights into what works and what makes sense to them, and they helped us develop the prototypes into what you see on the EBI website today.

UX Analyst position at the EBI

Advertising jobs is not a major feature of this blog, but a position has opened at the EBI that I thought it would be good to publicise, and to circulate more widely.

User Experience Analyst

We are looking for a User Experience Analyst to work in the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

For full details and job description, please visit the EBI jobs page.