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”

This week saw the launch of a new toolkit for User Experience in Life Sciences (UXLS) comprising UX case studies, methods, and metrics (see the press release Feb 13). This toolkit is truly pioneering because it is tailored to support healthcare, diagnostics and life-science companies in designing better, more intuitive digital products to accelerate their R&D. Since the UX toolkit is designed by practitioners already working in R&D life science, it reflects their collective wisdom and real day-to-day experience of operating in this challenging industry. Indeed, the project was…Continue Reading “User Experience Toolkit from Pistoia Alliance Accelerates Life Science R&D”

The role offers an opportunity to work with Web designers, Web developers, scientific service providers, and other UX designers

The European Bioinformatics Institute is looking for a new User Experience (UX) Designer to join the Web Development Team, based in South Cambridgeshire, UK.  Apply now to start working with some of the most interesting and complex UX projects you’ll ever come across.  This would be a great opportunity to diversify your portfolio of UX design, reaching into molecular biology, systems biology, genetics, drug-discovery and more. EMBL recruits internationally and offers benefits As part of EMBL, EBI recruits globally and offers generous benefits, including help for those moving…Continue Reading “Are you looking for a new challenge? EMBL-EBI is hiring a new UX Designer”

A news report written by Oana Stroe Originally posted at the EMBL-EBI website on 9 Mar 2017 User Experience (UX) designers and researchers at EMBL-EBI debunked common UX myths and shared tips for best practice in a Wellcome Genome Campus seminar on 3 March 2017. The event encouraged members of our life-science community to apply UX design in their projects, and to seek support and guidance on a new local forum. “UX design is already well-established in the consumer sector, but still holds significant untapped potential…Continue Reading “Guest post: UX design for the life sciences – myths and realities”

Empowering scientists to work better, faster, and easier by applying UCD principles and UX process by Pat Keller, Novartis

Although I am biased (being one of the organisers) I am very happy to report that the joint ‘EMBL-EBI Industry Programme’/’Pistoia Alliance’ pre-competitive workshop on “Success in life science R&D through user experience design” was a triumph. The meeting took place this week at EMBL-EBI on the Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge UK and was attended by 35 delegates representing diverse pharmaceutical, agri-food, scientific software, and design companies.  The meeting was chaired by our excellent moderator, Nick Skinner of Poppyfish, with the support of a…Continue Reading “Sketchnotes from the Workshop: “Success in life science R&D through UX design””

If you have to prove the value of design, you’re not in a design-capable company! Some tips on getting good design done in your organisation. How to be a design-capable organisation In June, I attended (and sketchnoted) a “smart salon” panel discussion at the Museum of London, which addressed the status of design in organisations. It was about how to make organisations ‘design capable’, not necessarily design-driven or design-led. This free event was hosted by the Smart Design agency and was attended by people from…Continue Reading “Is your company ‘design-capable’?”

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”

A post about learning from experience… Subtle and tricky things about running workshops I just watched an inspiring video about a recent science-meets-art, hands-on workshop that looked really exciting and productive, and it got me thinking about workshops again. I’ve actually learned a lot of subtle and tricky things that go beyond the basic rules on running interactive workshops I’ve written about before. So (you lucky things!) I have put together 10+ NOT SO Simple Rules on Running Interactive Workshops for you, based on my…Continue Reading “My 10 *NOT SO SIMPLE* Rules on Running Interactive Workshops”