Tag: UX

Edinburgh here we come…

Summertime in Scotland: Paula de Matos and I have just been notified that our interactive workshop session will be going ahead at this year’s UX Scotland conference.  The event is taking place on 19-20 June at the “Our Dynamic Earth” venue in Edinburgh.   Our tutorial session: A Survival Guide for UX in Complex Environments…


Paper: Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops

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…


Status of UX at the European Bioinformatics Institute

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…


Suvival Guide for Complex UX: our tutorial at UX Cambridge, 4-6 Sept 2013

Paula de Matos and I are looking forward to presenting a session on ‘complex UX’ at the UX Cambridge 2013 conference next week.  The conference is being held at Churchill College, Cambridge and includes a UX bake off social event at Cambridge Regional College (see pictures from last year). We hope you can make our…


Real world user-centred design (UCD): case study from the European Bioinformatics Institute

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…


The European Bioinformatics Institute has a new website…

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…


Bioinformatics Meets User-Centred Design: A Perspective

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…


Careers day at DKFZ Heidelberg

What do I do, and how did I get here? This is the subject of the talk I am giving today at the careers day at DKFZ (German Cancer Research Institute) in Heidelberg, Germany.  The slides will be available on Slideshare from the organisers soon. My way to UX… My route, from bioinformatics doctorate to…


Coming out of your shell (aka UX workshops with life scientists)

InfoQ have now put up my talk from UX Cambridge 2011.  The talk was about workshops and how they are a great way to explore ideas for a user-centered design project. The talk includes… At what point would a workshop be useful?  And when would it be harmful? Why have user workshops got a bad…


Usability in complex domains: what’s the optimal route for UX success in bioinformatics?

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…