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”

10 simple rules

I’m very happy to say that PLoS Computational Biology Journal have just published our latest article: “Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”.  Our piece is this month’s featured paper too, which we are thrilled about! (Issue front page is here.)     What’s it about? Well, it’s kind of self-explanatory, but let me explain why we wrote it.  Colleagues at the EBI often ask me how to go about planning a workshop; for example, they may need to gather feedback from users, to brainstorm…Continue Reading “Paper: Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops”

I’m really happy to announce that our latest article on user experience in bioinformatics has just been published in peer-reviewed open access journal, PLoS Computational Biology. The citation is PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002554. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002554 Thanks to everyone involved – especially to Katrina, who carried out the interviews with myself and Paula, and put a lot of the manuscript together.  We hope this article is just the start of a trend towards more user experience-related articles in bioinformatics and in the wider life sciences community. …Continue Reading “Bioinformatics Meets User-Centred Design: A Perspective”

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?”