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Designing for Users

Whenever a designer is faced with a decision to make, we want them to think of the problem from a user perspective. We will share our experiences and expertise to help you understand users in more depth.

Why unsubscribing from newsletters should be pain free

1 Nov

Why unsubscribing from newsletters should be pain free

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Every now and then I suddenly remember that I can unsubscribe from newsletters and emails. It’s a revelation “Oh wait! I don’t have to keep deleting all of these emails I don’t want to read – I can unsubscribe”. It should be a simple process; yet unsubscribing can be a minefield. Some companies do it fantastically – you hit that button and you are done, phew. Others insist you login or require you to manually go through deselecting areas of interest.
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Fran Swaine

About Fran Swaine

Fran has worked in digital marketing for seven years, helping organisations better connect and communicate with their audience through digital media. She’s a big lover of content creation and has a knack for translating complex ideas into accessible and digestible information.

How the three little pigs can help convey the importance of user experience

27 Aug

Three little pigs

 Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenceshan/139735219/

 

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there were three little pigs that needed to build a house. It was really important for the three little pigs that their new house was safe as they’d had some bother with a nasty old wolf.

“I think we should build the house out of straw” said the first little piggy “It’s cheap and we can put the house together quickly – which will keep out the big bad wolf.”

The second little piggy wasn’t so sure.
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Damian Rees

About Damian Rees

Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Rethinking UX: A must have ebook

19 Aug

Rethinking UX ebook cover

 

At the beginning of the year we wrote an article on improving your website usability tests for Smashing Magazine. So we were delighted when we found out they wanted to include our article in their new ebook ‘Rethinking UX’. The book is packed full of advice from the top thinkers and leaders in the industry and provides practical advice based on personal experiences of the experts.
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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Stop waiting for the perfect time to run usability tests

30 Jul

No one is perfect, that's why pencils have erasers

 

“Perfectionism is the enemy of progress”. This is a quote I’ve found to be very true throughout my life. Whenever I hear it or read it, I remember to stop trying to do everything perfectly and focus on getting things done once they are good enough. Once I start focusing on good enough, my to do list shortens, I’m meeting deadlines, and generally feeling like I’m getting somewhere again. So when I see clients doing the same thing I try to encourage them to focus on progress rather than perfection.
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Damian Rees

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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

Think little and often when assigning your UX budget

24 Apr

Allocating UX budgets

 

Many clients get in touch with us when they have a big project for us to work on. They might want us to usability test an entire website, redesign a website, or design a new app. Whatever the project, they seem to have a one off large chunk of budget assigned to UX which they are intent on ‘blowing’ in one go. Whilst there are occasions when this is needed, we find that the little and often approach is much more beneficial to the long term usability of a product. But it does take a mind-set shift within the organisation.
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Ali Carmichael

About Ali Carmichael

Ali (or Alasdair) is an experienced project manager who loves his Gantt charts and milestones! He has over 12 years' experience managing successful online experiences for world class brands. Ali is responsible for ensuring our clients love what we do for them. Follow Ali on twitter @AliJCarmichael

Explaining what user experience is & why it is important

18 Dec

What I do - explaining user experience

I still don’t know what to say when people ask me what I do. After 13 years of being in the user experience profession I should have a standard response by now. But I either over complicate it by explaining in detail what I do, or I over simplify with “I’m a design consultant”, “I do market research” or” I’m in web design”. Recently I’ve tried explaining that I help companies design products that look great, work well and fit users needs but I still get that vacant expression in response.

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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

User adoption is the key to innovation success

20 Nov

User adoption is the key to innovation success
 
New technology is everywhere. It seems every other advert I see is selling the benefits of a new gadget, website or online service. There is a steady stream of innovative new ideas from companies desperate to launch the next big thing. In many cases it appears the technology leads the way. The shiny new features are the main focus of the adverts and sales materials with the occasional nod towards ‘easy to use’. But what makes the difference between an innovative new project being a success or a failure? What role does user experience (UX) play?

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Damian has worked as a usability and user experience consultant for over 13 years. He has worked in senior roles within companies like the BBC and National Air Traffic Services where he has researched and designed for users in a variety of different contexts including web applications, voice recognition, and air traffic control interfaces. Follow Damian on twitter @damianrees

5 ways charities can quickly improve online donations

14 Nov

Donation appeals from charity websites

A report recently published provides an overview of charitable giving in the UK. It says that charity donations are down by 20% since the previous year. The report suggests that the overall number of people donating fell as well as the amount they are giving.

So what can charities do to boost their donations in difficult times? From hours of research with users we found the following 5 actions any charity can take to ensure they keep online donations pouring in.

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About Ali Carmichael

Ali (or Alasdair) is an experienced project manager who loves his Gantt charts and milestones! He has over 12 years' experience managing successful online experiences for world class brands. Ali is responsible for ensuring our clients love what we do for them. Follow Ali on twitter @AliJCarmichael