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 […]

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 […]

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 […]