My first post of the new year is about sewing patterns, but don’t let that put you off, if that’s not your thing.  It’s actually a case study in usability in the real world… The story I guess lots of you will have heard of Cath Kidston, the sewing and home-style legend – well I recently had a look at her book ‘Sew!’ .  The book looks great and the photos are brilliant, but I found it virtually impossible to follow the instructions to make…Continue Reading “Usability of sewing patterns”

To pursue a career in usability practice for a complex domain, such as bioinformatics, what is the best career route to take?  Is it best to train in usability evaluation – more formally known as Human Computer Interactions (HCI) first, then to learn about a specific domain later?  Or is it better to be a domain expert in bioinformatics, then learn the discipline and techniques of HCI later?  Is the order important for success?  You can, of course, study for degrees and doctorates in both,…Continue Reading “Usability in complex domains: what’s the optimal route for UX success in bioinformatics?”