Archive for the 'general' Category

Going Solo as a UX Strategy Consultant

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

After 12+ years working on permanent contracts for major brands in travel, eCommerce and insurance, I have finally decided to create my own company and start consulting. I believe we are now firmly in the post-digital era, where products and brands will be defined by the experience they give to their users rather than their […]

The Facebook Walled Garden?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Is anyone else concerned that the Internet is becoming a walled garden on Facebook, encouraging people never to leave the facebook site? People are more likely to read the Guardian now it’s a Facebook app. No doubt this is due to having to install the app to read content “read” by others – frictionless sharing […]

Together for Ten Years

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Five years ago, I published an article for our fifth wedding anniversary. So if I have got my head on straight, that makes it our tin – 10 years – anniversary today. How time flies. When we first got married our wedding site had a guestbook I cooked up in PHP. Five years on, a […]

Sketch Notes on Design / UX

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I love the series of sketch notes from Eva-Lotta Lamm, someone who attends a lot of conferences and makes notes with amazing visual impact. I could have chosen one of many different images that she has uploaded, but this one is recent, colourful and contains perhaps a few things that are less technical – though […]

French Country Dancing

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

On the 1st of May (or the Sunday close to it usually) Argenteuil closes a stretch of road near the Seine and they remember the pre-war (pre WWI) era with old style dress, dances and activities. Argenteuil has a fine artistic history. Impressionists like Manet, Monet, Caillebotte, Sisley, Seurat and Braque (born there) all spent […]

3 Parisian Things

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sacré Coeur The church (Basilique, in fact) of the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. It’s quite a climb through streets aptly named things like Rue du Calvaire, roughly translated as “time of hardship street” in common parlance. You can get a cog-wheeled railway which mounts a steep incline instead, called the funiculaire. Recommended if you want […]

Improving Ways to Read While Writing

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I have been doing a bit of writing lately, and might even get an article or two published in an online technical publication. Which led me to thinking about the separation between technical stuff I write, often close to my profession, and the more personal items I write at other times. There are bits of […]

Foolish Games

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Over a year ago now, I was in a band that got together for a gig in Paris which was a line-up of colleagues from work. I have been thinking about our vocalist recently, since she’s from Tunisia and has been very active on social networks following the revolution and helping people connect as regular […]