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”

It has taken a while to write this post about the formidable Dan North and his workshop “Software faster: from months to minutes”, which we hosted at EMBL-EBI in September 2016. Portrait of a software ethnographer Dan North: keen observer of software developer behaviour Dan North has been carefully observing productive software development teams that have quite exceptional – and rather surprising – habits. Based on his observations, he has created a set of unique patterns that allow others to mimic these innovative practices and optimise…Continue Reading “Dan North’s Mission to Help Teams Develop Great Software Faster: workshop report & sketchnotes”

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”

I don’t ever need an excuse to post sketchnotes, but seeing as yesterday was officially World Sketchnote Day (#SNDay2017), I thought I would showcase some of my own favourite sketchnotes from 2016 and a few all-time faves, and also share info and links to some fellow sketchnoters’ work (Francis Rowland, Michele Ide-Smith, Chris Spalton and Eva-lotta Lamm) – see the end of this post.  But first a little report… Quick report on yesterday’s World Sketchnote Day event I co-organised a tea-time sketchnote showcase at EMBL-EBI,…Continue Reading “Celebrating World Sketchnote Day 2017”

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Wednesday is World Sketchnote Day 2017!  As part of the celebrations I’ll be helping to host a sketchnoting event at EMBL-EBI.  Details are below and are also featured on the Sketchnote Army website, along with the other events happening all over the world. ——————————— Sketchnoting science at EMBL-EBI with Dr. Jenny Cham – Cambridge, UK Working in an international environment is an excellent experience, and comes with some built-in challenges – language, for one. Visual communication can make a big difference, and smooth the edges…Continue Reading “World Sketchnote Day 2017 – #SNDay2017”

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”

Empowering scientists to work better, faster, and easier by applying UCD principles and UX process by Pat Keller, Novartis

Although I am biased (being one of the organisers) I am very happy to report that the joint ‘EMBL-EBI Industry Programme’/’Pistoia Alliance’ pre-competitive workshop on “Success in life science R&D through user experience design” was a triumph. The meeting took place this week at EMBL-EBI on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge UK and was attended by 35 delegates representing diverse pharmaceutical, agri-food, scientific software, and design companies.  The meeting was chaired by our excellent moderator, Nick Skinner of Poppyfish, with the support of a…Continue Reading “Sketchnotes from the Workshop: “Success in life science R&D through UX design””

If you have to prove the value of design, you’re not in a design-capable company! Some tips on getting good design done in your organisation. How to be a design-capable organisation In June, I attended (and sketchnoted) a “smart salon” panel discussion at the Museum of London, which addressed the status of design in organisations. It was about how to make organisations ‘design capable’, not necessarily design-driven or design-led. This free event was hosted by the Smart Design agency and was attended by people from…Continue Reading “Is your company ‘design-capable’?”