For the first time UX was on the agenda at a precision medicine conference User experience design is about understanding people. It involves techniques to gain empathy and to use this insight to design products that directly meet the goals of users. As UX designer myself, I am of the strong opinion that a talk about UX should be on every conference agenda. But it’s absolutely essential to be included when the core subject of the event is complex software and big data. Hence, I…Continue Reading “UX for Precision Medicine”

This week saw the launch of a new toolkit for User Experience in Life Sciences (UXLS) comprising UX case studies, methods, and metrics (see the press release Feb 13). This toolkit is truly pioneering because it is tailored to support healthcare, diagnostics and life-science companies in designing better, more intuitive digital products to accelerate their R&D. Since the UX toolkit is designed by practitioners already working in R&D life science, it reflects their collective wisdom and real day-to-day experience of operating in this challenging industry. Indeed, the project was…Continue Reading “User Experience Toolkit from Pistoia Alliance Accelerates Life Science R&D”

In case you missed it, here is the recording of the latest User Experience for Life Sciences (aka “UXLS”) webinar, which took place on 5th December 2017.  It was organised by the Pistoia Alliance and featured these high profile speakers: Ewan Birney – Director of the EMBL-EBI Joel Miller – User Experience Lead at Amgen Mikko-Pekka Hanski – Vice President at Idean In this hour-long webinar, you will learn what User Experience is, what value it brings, especially for life sciences and how you can…Continue Reading “Webinar: Build better software for life sciences using UX”


WE WON! I am so pleased to announce that I received the DevelopHER User Experience Award 2017.  The sponsor-funded ceremony was held on 29th November at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, and was attended by (what looked like) hundreds of tech industry professionals from across the UK’s East Anglia region. I came to the event with my baby son, who is 8 weeks old, and my UX Designer colleague from the EBI, Gabby Yordanova.     Stage shock – collecting the award My acceptance speech…Continue Reading “DevelopHER User Experience Award 2017”

2016 developher awards ceremony

This week is the DevelopHER awards ceremony, and I am humbled to see that I have been shortlisted in the User Experience category for an award this year. What is DevelopHER? The DevelopHER awards are all about recognising the contribution of women who work in technology, inspiring the next generation to join them. Across the land there are women making their mark in technology and DevelopHER wants to help them shine: “We know working in the technology doesn’t only mean developers and our awards aim to acknowledge…Continue Reading “DevelopHER Awards 2017”

Do you want to find out the latest about our User Experience for Life Sciences (UXLS) project? Then check out this brand new poster, which was presented by our project champion Pat Keller at the Pistoia Alliance conference in Boston on 10 October.  Thanks Pat!

New industry research inspired by a Pistoia Alliance initiative Since March 2016 I have been involved in an exciting new Pistoia Alliance group called User Experience for Life Sciences (UXLS).  It’s a collaborative project looking into UX for scientific software in Life Sciences R&D. We are a dynamic bunch of User Experience Designers and professionals, with a passion for improving the experience of using software for scientific research in life science R&D.  (See more about us in my post about our recent face-to-face workshop).  My latest…Continue Reading “UX Design: maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D”

Sketchnote of the panel discussion

A ‘Smart Salon’ design event On 11th July, I attended a ‘Smart Salon’ event in Shoreditch hosted by Smart Design, which discussed the question: are we there yet when it comes to personalising user experiences for people on the move? The venue was the hip Hotel Ace Characteristic of Smart Designs events (see another about design-capability I blogged about previously), the venue was chic: a design Hotel Ace on the 7th-floor, in a room with beautiful panoramic views of the July skyline of the City of London.  …Continue Reading “Designing personalised products and services for people on the move”

User Experience for Life Sciences (UX LS) is a community of UX practitioners focussed on enabling organisations to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop and deploy scientific software.  A Pistoia Alliance – EMBL-EBI joint workshop was held on 28-29 June, and built on the activities that have been underway since the inaugural User Experience for Life Sciences workshop, convened in September 2016 at the EBI. Championed by Till Dettmering of Leica, Joel Miller of Amgen, Pat Keller of Novartis and coordinated by the…Continue Reading “User Experience for Life Science Workshop 2017”

The role offers an opportunity to work with Web designers, Web developers, scientific service providers, and other UX designers

The European Bioinformatics Institute is looking for a new User Experience (UX) Designer to join the Web Development Team, based in South Cambridgeshire, UK.  Apply now to start working with some of the most interesting and complex UX projects you’ll ever come across.  This would be a great opportunity to diversify your portfolio of UX design, reaching into molecular biology, systems biology, genetics, drug-discovery and more. EMBL recruits internationally and offers benefits As part of EMBL, EBI recruits globally and offers generous benefits, including help for those moving…Continue Reading “Are you looking for a new challenge? EMBL-EBI is hiring a new UX Designer”