An event to form a new network of sketchnoters… Since World Sketchnote Day back in January, I have been busy thinking how we could establish a new community of graphic recorders and wannabe-graphic recorders on the Wellcome Genome Campus, including of course many of my colleagues at EMBL-EBI.  I plumped for a workshop to kick-off our efforts, and was not disappointed by the turnout (18 people).  I was impressed by the skills and ideas of those who attended, and learned a lot. An opportunity to practise the…Continue Reading “Get Creative with Sketchnoting – mini graphic recording workshop at EMBL-EBI”

A news report written by Oana Stroe Originally posted at the EMBL-EBI website on 9 Mar 2017 User Experience (UX) designers and researchers at EMBL-EBI debunked common UX myths and shared tips for best practice in a Wellcome Genome Campus seminar on 3 March 2017. The event encouraged members of our life-science community to apply UX design in their projects, and to seek support and guidance on a new local forum. “UX design is already well-established in the consumer sector, but still holds significant untapped potential…Continue Reading “Guest post: UX design for the life sciences – myths and realities”

On 24th January, James Lewis (Principal Consultant) and Ian Cartwright (Technical Principal) of ThoughtWorks visited us at EMBL-EBI to help us create the organisation’s very first technology radar.   What is a tech radar? It’s a snapshot of which technologies are upcoming and trendy, stable, and those in decline.  It is created every 6 months by ThoughtWorks, an IT consultancy. The radar is split into: Adopt Trial Assess Hold It also has quadrants covering different categories of technology, but the boundaries are often blurred: Techniques…Continue Reading “ThoughtWorks Technology Radar Workshop”

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?”

Summertime in Scotland: Paula de Matos and I have just been notified that our interactive workshop session will be going ahead at this year’s UX Scotland conference.  The event is taking place on 19-20 June at the “Our Dynamic Earth” venue in Edinburgh.   Our tutorial session: A Survival Guide for UX in Complex Environments In our session, we aim to provide insights into how you can approach user experience design problems in complex fields with confidence.  The examples we draw on are based on…Continue Reading “Edinburgh here we come…”

10 simple rules

I’m very happy to say that PLoS Computational Biology Journal have just published our latest article: “Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”.  Our piece is this month’s featured paper too, which we are thrilled about! (Issue front page is here.)     What’s it about? Well, it’s kind of self-explanatory, but let me explain why we wrote it.  Colleagues at the EBI often ask me how to go about planning a workshop; for example, they may need to gather feedback from users, to brainstorm…Continue Reading “Paper: Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”

  Giving people feedback on their designs/ideas can be a tricky business, requiring tact and clear communication.  I recently attended a professional development course on “Building Effective Working Relationships”, which was really helpful in reminding me that building rapport, and highlighting benefits are key, when forming and maintaining good relationships with your team.  In particular I like the ‘Feedback Matrix’ where you give your message, the evidence/example to back-up the message, the impact/benefits/challenges, and what you suggest to change. The course was run by 360…Continue Reading “Building effective working relationships: new sketchnote”

  UX Cambridge 2013 was a great opportunity to sketchnote! The packed schedule got my Muji pens scribbling.  Have a look at some of the results here (I’ll put them on Flickr when I get a sec too…) – Enjoy!                 If you would like a high resolution version of any of these sketchnotes (e.g. for printing) just tweet me: @JenniferCham Links UX Cambridge 2013 website  My Flickr photostream  

Paula de Matos and I are looking forward to presenting a session on ‘complex UX’ at the UX Cambridge 2013 conference next week.  The conference is being held at Churchill College, Cambridge and includes a UX bake off social event at Cambridge Regional College (see pictures from last year). We hope you can make our session on Thursday (Day 2) Our session is a tutorial taking place on Thursday 5th Sept at 3.45pm.  Some of the material we cover is based on our recent peer-reviewed…Continue Reading “Suvival Guide for Complex UX: our tutorial at UX Cambridge, 4-6 Sept 2013”