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”

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”

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”

I really like this article on the ten simple rules for a good poster presentation.  I used some of these ideas to my advantage at the recent ISMB/ECCB 2013 conference in Berlin (19-13 July 2013), where I presented a poster on the EMBL-EBI website redesign.   The article helps you think of ways to improve interaction at your poster Ideally, you can make your poster work for you, even when you’re not standing next to it.  Ways to do this are things like: having a…Continue Reading “Getting the most out of a conference poster presentation”

Today I gave a talk at the ISMB/ECCB 2013 Conference in Berlin, and I would like to share the sketchnote of the talk with you.  This was sketched by my colleague Francis Rowland (whilst I practised my talk before attending the conference). Ten simple rules… When I was preparing for my talk I found these ten tips on giving an oral presentation very helpful. There is also a similar article with tips for posters too (see my ISMB poster). Presentation Blurb It is recognised that bioinformatics…Continue Reading “‘Designing with the user in mind’ – Sketchnote for my ISMB Conference Talk”

  I love Adobe InDesign, and my latest creation using it is a poster that I will be presenting at ISMB/ECCB 2013 (International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/ European Conference on Computational Biology), which is taking place between July 19 and 23 in Berlin. The poster tells the story of the EBI website redesign The poster is a timeline showing the process we used to redesign the EBI website from start to finish (although it’s never really finished!)  As far as possible, we…Continue Reading “Improving the EMBL-EBI online experience: a poster on the EBI website ‘rethink’”