WordPress 503 error

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Web development | No Comments
WordPress 503 error

Blocked! I discovered something today when trying to access one of the sites I’ve produced… some hosts block access to files that get repeated brute force login attempts. One of those files is the wp-login.php used by self-hosted WordPress sites for administrative access. So, if your public site is working just fine but then you […]

Lean UX case study

Lean UX case study

“If you cannot fail, you cannot learn.” — Eric Ries Validated! I like the quote; partly because when I read it I felt all validated because I tweeted something similar once and mostly because its true. I also now realise that anybody who happened to read that tweet probably thought I was shamelessly ripping it […]

User Experience Kata

User Experience Kata

Kata (Japanese symbol) ‘Model’ or ‘Pattern'; A series of positions and movements performed as an exercise. Why (do it) How do you get to be amazing at doing something? Read a book? Ask a friend how it’s done? Go to a lecture? Having theoretical knowledge and natural ability can be part of the equation, but […]

Test Driven Development

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Development | No Comments
Test Driven Development

Back to my roots A couple of weeks I was given the opportunity to take some time-out to go back to my development roots and take part in a coding course. As it turned out, that course has genuinely made a difference to the way I think. Prior to fully entering the world of user […]

Using science fiction to generate ideas

Using science fiction to generate ideas

Clarke’s Third Law Behold my propane-powered fire magics! “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke The thought This short post is a note about looking to sci-fi for ideas generation and inspiration. What I mean is putting yourself into ‘interview and design’ mode and watching, reading, listening or gaming. Look […]

Creating an inset stroked shape

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Graphic Design, Illustrator | No Comments
Creating an inset stroked shape

Actually, an inset stroked shape with a repeating pattern rotated around a circle I’m writing this as an aide to memory. Creating repeating shapes around a circle is one of those things that needs doing sometimes – and I always have that moment’s pause before I can recall the easy way to do it; so […]

Reporting Problems

Reporting Problems

The best plan… Try to disallow erroneous value entry or selection in the first place. e.g. Perhaps use a discrete selection in a drop list rather than free text. Only allow numbers in numeric fields (don’t forget +/-/e/. etc.) Just correct obvious issues… Correct badly entered values automatically (often, you don’t even need to let […]

Improv in design meetings

Improv in design meetings

I recently attended an improv class. Before I went in, I had no idea what to expect – which, I suppose, is the point. During the course of that afternoon I learned a lot; primarily a whole bunch of ways I could loosen up my mind to break out of the ‘routine’ prior to attempting […]

Managing Review by Committee

Managing Review by Committee

Picture the scene You and your team have done the client interviews, written the creative brief, tried to understand the ‘product’ and the goals of your client… now you have a first draft of a design to show them. Whether you are working with internal or external clients, it’s going to happen and generally the […]

User Experience Design… the iterative steps…

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in User Experience Design | No Comments
User Experience Design… the iterative steps…

I know that this has been written down a thousand times but the notes here also comes from my perspective of UX design working for a large corporation with a development team split across multiple sites. This means a lot more groups to involve, a lot more iteration and treading carefully when ‘politics’ arises. Often, […]