Sketchnoting Science Stuff Last week I attended a couple of interesting bioinformatics seminars: one about the burgeoning EBI RDF platform (www.ebi.ac.uk/rdf/platform) was described by Andy Jenkinson of EMBL-EBI…   …and the other from Dr Lee Harland of Connected Discovery, who gave a talk about the current status – and next steps – of the OpenPHACTS project.   Techie Target Audience Both talks were on a similar theme, namely how we can better link publicly-available biological data of different types, which spread across different databases.  The…Continue Reading “Latest bioinformatics sketchnotes…”

I’m really happy to announce that our latest article on user experience in bioinformatics has just been published in peer-reviewed open access journal, PLoS Computational Biology. The citation is PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002554. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002554 Thanks to everyone involved – especially to Katrina, who carried out the interviews with myself and Paula, and put a lot of the manuscript together.  We hope this article is just the start of a trend towards more user experience-related articles in bioinformatics and in the wider life sciences community. …Continue Reading “Bioinformatics Meets User-Centred Design: A Perspective”

What do I do, and how did I get here? This is the subject of the talk I am giving today at the careers day at DKFZ (German Cancer Research Institute) in Heidelberg, Germany.  The slides will be available on Slideshare from the organisers soon. My way to UX… My route, from bioinformatics doctorate to User Experience Analyst, wasn’t perhaps typical – but I think no one’s journey ever is.  Other than maybe via HCI (human-computer interaction) or design education, I’m not certain that there…Continue Reading “Careers day at DKFZ Heidelberg”

Just before Christmas, Cranfield University asked if I would be happy to talk about my time studying there in a promotional video.  I said yes and they have created a sweet (if slightly cringe-worthy on my part) photofilm video, which is now on Youtube.  I think the photofilm approach is cool, and probably not as hard to make as with video footage.