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”

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!

At the end of October, the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre – which is just a few hundred yards from my office at EMBL-EBI – hosted the BioData World Congress 2016.       The tagline for the event was “Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Precision Medicine” and many high profile speakers attended, including amongst others: Nicola Blackwood MP, NHS executives, directors of research institutes and big companies like IBM, a correspondent from the BBC, people from the European Commission, clinicians, tech suppliers etc….Continue Reading “Design Thinking to Explore the Patient-Centric Future of Precision Medicine: Workshop Report & Reflection”

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What can female heads of state teach us about diversity in leadership? Today’s sketchnote features highlights from a thought-provoking seminar by American author and speaker, Laura Liswood.  Laura is Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders and Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs.  Her perspective on women in leadership is unique as she is the only person to have had face-to-face interviews with all 15 female prime ministers and presidents, including of course, Margaret Thatcher.  Here is a sketch of some of the highlights…Continue Reading “Seminar: “The Loudest Duck” by Laura Liswood”

Here are my sketchnotes from the User Experience Scotland Conference, Edinburgh. This event took place on 11-12 June 2015. Thank you for all the interesting talks – and for bringing out the sunshine again this year.  Tweet me if you want a higher resolution copy for printing @JenniferCham.                   Useful links UX Scotland 2015 conference page Sketchnotes from UX Scotland 2014 My Flickr Gallery of sketchnotes

In September 2014, fellow UX-in-Science aficionado Paula de Matos and I presented a ‘think tank’ session on intellectual property at the UX Cambridge conference. This post recaps what we learned and includes feedback from a representative of the European Patent Office, and a local lawyer who contacted us after the event.  We feel this is a really important – and under-represented –  topic for UX so I hope you find this post helpful.  Please tweet us with comments (@JenniferCham, @Paula_deMatos). Enjoy! Why should user experience…Continue Reading “Exploring issues around intellectual property in user experience…Are we burying our heads in the sand?”

Visualization Analysis & Design – A tutorial As you probably already know, I work in user experience in a complex data environment, so I feel that it’s important to know (at least superficially) about “Data Visualisation” (aka “vis”).  To this end, I recently attended a full day tutorial given by Prof. Tamara Munzner from the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  I sketchnoted frantically, as there was a lot of ground to cover, and I used Tamara’s comprehensive slide sets…Continue Reading “A peek into the world of data visualisation with Prof. Munzner”

I recently attended the UX Scotland 2014 conference held in Edinburgh.  Paula de Matos and I presented a hands-on tutorial about techniques for doing user experience design work in complex environments.   It was a friendly gathering including: practical workshops, networking opportunities and engaging talks (see my sketchnotes plus Sarah’s, and more). Naturally, I thought it would be good to blog about the event but I felt that instead of focussing on content in a followup post this time, I’d write about the “meta-conference” stuff…Continue Reading “UX Scot’s little extras made a good experience great”