New industry research inspired by a Pistoia Alliance initiative Since March 2016 I have been involved in an exciting new Pistoia Alliance group called User Experience for Life Sciences (UXLS).  It’s a collaborative project looking into UX for scientific software in Life Sciences R&D. We are a dynamic bunch of User Experience Designers and professionals, with a passion for improving the experience of using software for scientific research in life science R&D.  (See more about us in my post about our recent face-to-face workshop).  My latest…Continue Reading “UX Design: maximising the value of scientific software in life science R&D”

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”

Today’s news is that the latest article I have co-authored has just been published in BMC Bioinformatics (e-published before final formatting): de Matos P, Cham JA, et al. (2013) Enzyme Portal: a case study in applying user-centred design methods in bioinformatics. BMC Bioinformatics 14: 103 It’s the first ‘how to’ guide for applying user-centred design (UCD) to websites for bioinformatics. Hurrah! So what is the article about? I believe that as a community, bioinformatics is notorious for producing hard-to-use, often technical, software that turns off…Continue Reading “Real world user-centred design (UCD): case study from the European Bioinformatics Institute”

Hello!  Yes, it’s big news this week: the EBI launched its new website on Monday morning! EBI website Kaizen It has taken many months to prepare the new website, and the EBI will continue rolling out improvements in the coming months to bring all pages into the new look-and-feel.  It’s such a huge website, including so many different service brands and huge amounts of data, that there will inevitably be some ‘fixing the plane whilst flying’. This is a good thing if you believe, like…Continue Reading “The European Bioinformatics Institute has a new website…”