For the first time UX was on the agenda at a precision medicine conference User experience design is about understanding people. It involves techniques to gain empathy and to use this insight to design products that directly meet the goals of users. As UX designer myself, I am of the strong opinion that a talk about UX should be on every conference agenda. But it’s absolutely essential to be included when the core subject of the event is complex software and big data. Hence, I…Continue Reading “UX for Precision Medicine”

Here are my sketchnotes from the User Experience Scotland Conference, Edinburgh. This event took place on 11-12 June 2015. Thank you for all the interesting talks – and for bringing out the sunshine again this year.  Tweet me if you want a higher resolution copy for printing @JenniferCham.                   Useful links UX Scotland 2015 conference page Sketchnotes from UX Scotland 2014 My Flickr Gallery of sketchnotes

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”

Attitudes towards sharing IFs

This past Friday on the Genome Campus, Dr Anna Middleton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute gave an interesting seminar about the method and findings of a survey she had delivered about genome ethics. I was interested because I use surveys in my work to understand people’s attitudes towards and experience of websites, but also because I care about how genomics is perceived or experienced by people both within and outside of science. Creating an engaging survey experience A unique aspect of Anna’s survey was…Continue Reading “Survey talk: Attitudes towards sharing incidental findings from genome research”

I’ve just realised that I never blogged about the article on user experience that was featured in EMBL’s newsletter last year.  The piece was actually published in the October 2013 issue of EMBL&cetera, but it is still available online. Some more background info from me… The first explicit role in user experience at the EBI was the position I took up at the end of 2009.  Since then (without blowing our own trumpets too hard) I think that the work of Francis Rowland (who also…Continue Reading “Status of UX at the European Bioinformatics Institute”

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”