March 2020, and the UK goes into lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The whole of Scotland tuned in daily to watch First Minister Nicola Sturgeon give her updates, and then as lockdown continued we waited patiently for the hilarious comedy encore voice-over from Glasgow Comedienne, Janey Godley.
It was a Friday night, my wife and I were having a wee drink and watching some of Janey’s Nicola Sturgeon voice-over videos.
"Stay in the hoose or am gonnae take a run and put ma toe up the crack ae yer arse"
This was the quote from the most recent…
In 1993 Don Norman coined the term “user experience” but in principle, it goes further back than the 90s. How far back? Simple, since the birth of humans. Because what is UX really? Its Human-Centred Design, and what’s human-centred design without humans? In fact, it's more than just human-centred. Any living creature on this planet can have experiences, good or bad.
noun: user; plural noun: users
a person who uses or operates something.
“the user should press return and a message will be displayed”
a person who takes illegal drugs; an addict.
“a heroin user”
a person who…
It’s a common thing that I keep seeing people do, especially on Instagram. I’m starting to feel like the Experience Police, constantly calling people out for saying its a digital-only term… it’s really not.
Image from Google
I understand why people may come to this conclusion, especially if you punch UX into the old Google bar.
noun: user experience; plural noun: user experiences
“the overall experience of a person using a product such as a website or computer application, especially in terms of how easy or pleasing it is to use.”
ARRGHHHHHHH!!! What chance have you got…
Cancer. Urgh. What a shit word. Its a word that makes people uncomfortable, and yet it happens every day to so many people. I’ve lost people I love through this horrid disease, and yet you always think “It won’t be me”.
Back in 2011, I went to my GP to show him what looked like a freckle on my forearm. Due to my typical Scottish complexion, fair skin, ginger hair and a fear of the f*cking sun, he referred me straight to the dermatologist.
I wasn’t scared or anything, and let the Dermatologist get started. He looked at my arm…
I applied for a Creative Director role a couple of years ago to a company in Manchester that is quite well known in the industry (I won’t name names obviously) I was delighted to be invited in for an interview and afterwards, I asked to see their Design department. The guy took me to one side of the building and introduced me to their UX Department, took me to another little corner in a different area and introduced me to their Researchers, and then a good couple min walk across the other side of the building to meet their Visual…
No.. literally, Tomato Sauce.
Way back in 1876 the world got its first taste of tomato ketchup thanks to the people at Heinz, and of course we all know what the classic Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottle looks like don’t we?
I also bet if you are my age (or older) you remember the struggle of actually using this bloody bottle.
UX, User Experience. It sort of popped out of nowhere for me around early 2011. Back then I was working for Hilton Worldwide in Glasgow, designing websites for all the Hilton Hotel brands around the globe. The word UX was never even mentioned in our offices. By late 2011, I was hearing more and more of this “UX” word around the industry — but it didn’t occur to me to find out about it.
Even when I applied for the UX Designer role at the BBC it didn’t occur to me to find out about UX, I saw the word…
Airports & UX, what a combo. I don’t know how many times I’ve got lost trying to navigate my way around them. Even wandering around, I still manage to go the wrong way or read a sign wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a pleasant encounter at any airport from arrival to departure, there’s always something to make me anxious, panic or nervous, and I really love flying!
My one bugbear is signage, bad signage that is. I don’t know how many times I’ve misread something, and the worst place to do it is an airport.
As a cyclist theres a few things I hate. The bad weather, terrible drivers and a broken bike! Recently my wheel has started to become a bit dodgey and giving off the most annoying squeaking sound, and of course I was going to fix it, honest, but as usual… life gets in the way.
After months (yes months) of the squeaky wheel it dawned on me that I had been getting to work a bit quicker. Have I been getting fitter? A little I guess. Had I been going faster? Maybe. …
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