Thinking about accessibility

This shouldn’t really be an isolated consideration in UX design. We are after all designing access to services for people with many different user stories dictated by their context, circumstance and ability. We might observe that a mobile device is a “disabled” user of the web in as much as…

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Platform gaming – Recycling IP

I remember the frustration I felt when the Nokia N-Gage was released back in 2003. Yeah, this was the side-ways holding “Taco” phone that was also a gaming handheld, complete with gaming D-Pad (Directional Pad) and game cartridge (SD) slot. I was elated that another handheld console had hit the…

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Jack of all trades

Front-end developers, Back-end engineers, Native developers, User experience designers, visual designers, Business analysts, Project managers… Technical project managers, Marketing analysts, SEO experts, QA testers, test engineers, Editorial, Account managers, legal… and it just keeps growing. While the numbers of people it takes to deliver high-quality interactive services continues to expand,…

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Travel and localisation – don’t take it personal

Whilst away during Christmas (in Catalunya), not wanting to miss out on any sales, I did quite a bit of browsing (slouched on a sofa, as my body slowly digested five course meals), and I was “SO” disappointed with how otherwise regularly-frequented sites treated me and (what should have been)…

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Diamond frameworks

The diamond frame bicycle… arguably the greatest human invention ever. Certainly my favourite. As far as I’m concerned mankind could’ve stopped right there. The joining of those three triangles was the finest moment (to that point) in efficient engineering solving a problem. The frame was designed with users in mind…

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The agile evolution of a digital product

I’m sure many of us have fantasized about what it would be like if we took today’s tech back in time to see people’s reaction. Showing Grand Theft Auto 5 to the inventor of Space Invaders… or a tablet device to someone who’s just getting their head around a new…

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Mobile gaming and Sabre Tooth Tigers

I love the fact that Sabre toothed cats existed several times in history. It’s a grim reminder that evolution can over-evolve to the point of extinction. Turns out that the iconic Large canine gene that bread through successful adults kept going to the point where the animal could no longer…

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Big Data in Small Doses

The issue of advertising came up recently, whilst discussing a responsive, video on demand web service, and it got me thinking again about context dependent delivery. The contextual concerns of responsive sites design are often ignored, but in this case the decision of placing in-stream adverts was made completely unawares…

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