My five minute talk on analogy at UX Bristol

Reading time: 1 minuteAt the end of the excellent UX Bristol back in July, a few of us gave 5 minute talks. These talks are now available to watch online. I talked about how – when I was running the intranet at the BBC back in 2005 – I was inspired by the transformation programme at London’s South […]

Arts spaces as workplaces – London’s Royal Festival Hall

Reading time: 4 minutesSince I went freelance nearly four years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time working in – and a lot of time talking about – The Royal Festival Hall in London’s South Bank Centre. Today is the last day I’ll cycle up here from home in London. Next week we’re moving to Bristol, and really […]

The Gnomes, Vaudeville Entertainers

Reading time: 1 minuteThe Gnomes, Vaudeville entertainers (photo on Flickr) Almost a hundred years ago, my great grandparents (my father’s father’s parents) were in The Gnomes, a group of London-based vaudeville entertainers. My great-grandfather, Edgar Sidney (standing on the right in this photograph), directed the group. He wrote the words for the “humorous song” I’m going to grow a […]

Why I think ASUS Padfone misses the point

Reading time: 2 minutesI’ve just watched the shiny video promo for the new ASUS Padfone. It’s a tablet (think iPad, Galaxy) with a marsupial-style pouch for a mobile handset. No longer will you suffer eye-strain trying to read those tiny words on the handset screen. Just pop it in to the tablet, and read them in large print […]

Content connections

Reading time: 1 minuteHow does a piece of content relate to other content? Learning, conversations, people, places, events, news, policy and procedure… Not an exhaustive list, and deliberately format-agnostic, but a helpful start when planning and thinking about web and intranet content. Let there be no cul-de-sacs.

Ten toes running diary – Day one

Reading time: 3 minutesI recently bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers running “shoes” after reading about barefoot running on the Britmilfit website. I’m not currently doing Britmilfit, but have done over the last ten years and can thoroughly recommend it. Today I was able to put a last minute client rescheduling to good use, and finally had […]

The web – integration not destination

Reading time: 1 minuteIf we really want to help people connect with each other, get stuff done, solve problems and make things, then the web is not the destination. We need to work harder to integrate the web in to people’s lives, when and how they want and need it. The web can be the fabric. It can be […]

Find, Understand, Share, Extend

Reading time: 2 minutesToday is World Usability Day. The theme this year is communication. I’ve chosen to write about something which I find helps teams I work with communicate and explore what we design and put on the web. Back in 2005, Yahoo! Search announced a “vision statement”. Enable people to find, use, share and expand all human knowledge. Somewhat ambitious, sure. A little […]

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