How do I get myself a design career?

About once a month I get a random email from an aspiring designer asking me a variation of the question: “I don’t have a background in design but I’d really like to get into UX design. What can I do?” Most often these questions come from people with a background in data science, journalism/writing, psychology […]

21 (More) Things to A/B Test

Optimizely published a list of 71 Things to A/B Test on their blog. It’s a pretty cool list. Here’s my additional 21 things you could consider testing if you’re hunting for inspiration:Wizards. For setup processes, checkouts or other long-ish flows, test a wizard-style UX vs one long ‘settings’ page.Surveys. If you’re running customer surveys A/B test different […]

FAQ: How to get a graduate position in UX and design

Today on the Red Gate UX blog I wrote about the top 5 things you need to do to improve your chances of getting a graduate position in design and UX. Just last week a prospective candidate came into the office for a coffee and a chat about what the role really is. The thrust […]

Design Reboot: 10 things to help you kick-start UX in your organisation

Ten things I did in the first two months in our SQL Tools division over on the Red Gate UX Blog. At my first meeting with James, our division head, I asked him what my priorities should be. His response: “You need to get UX working again.” In lots of ways this was quite an exciting […]

A CV Template that doesn’t suck. Please use it.

It’s been roughly 3 years since I was last interviewing people for jobs and as usual, when enough time passes you tend to only remember the good stuff. In this case, it is the pleasure of sitting down with somebody and getting to know them. What I’d forgotten was the drudgery of slogging through a […]

The most badly designed page in the world?

This is Facebook’s “transition” page for the new privacy settings they’re currently rolling out. I can’t for the life of me make heads or tail of it. I nominate it as the most badly designed web page in the history of usability, user experience and information architecture. What are my “Old Settings”? (There’s no way […]

HCI 2009: Top 5 Tips for UCD Qualitative Field Researchers

Given the choice, how many people would swap a gloriously sunny Cambridge Saturday for a 7-hour long tutorial about, wait for it, qualitative field research methods and analysis? Yet thirty odd people did just that last Saturday and elected to be closeted in one of Churchill College’s nicer rooms to listen to what User Centred Design […]