“Designing for the future. Dealing with the past” – Peter Thomas at Design+Banter

On Monday night I was at the second edition of a new night on the scene in London, “Design+Banter”. It features a smattering of lightning talks, and then the opportunity for the crowd to go bowling, which is certainly different….

“Telling the story of Firestorm” – Jon Henley & Robin Beitra at Hacks/Hackers London

Carefully planned as a spectacular launch to the Guardian’s new Australian edition, “Firestorm” is a rich interactive telling the story of the astonishing forest fires that engulfed the town of Dunalley, which came to the world’s attention thanks to a…

“The who, what and why of UsVsTh3m” – Martin Belam at Hacks/Hackers London

On Tuesday evening I spoke at Hacks/Hackers London about one of the projects I’ve been working on for the last couple of months — UsVsTh3m. An experiment UsVsTh3m has been funded by Trinity Mirror. It is part of a series…

Jeff Gothelf opened up UX Scotland with a talk about being “lean”. He described the focus of his talk as being about “how to get waste out of the process” of building products, and “getting more accurate with the features…

Things like this make me very cross. [via @BhopalHouse]

Cathy Wang was talking at UX Scotland about design in the context of gender, and made some very powerful points. She compared the obviously sexist way that products were marketed in the past — “You need a man to open…

A very short open letter to Luke Bozier about bullying women on Twitter

Dear Luke, I daresay you’ve little interest in my opinion, but there you go. It must have been a difficult year for you. I was one of the few people who thought that Menshn was potentially an interesting idea, and…

“The joy of UX Comics” – Bonny Colville-Hyde at UX Scotland

Bonny Colville-Hyde of Sift Digital ran a brilliant workshop session at UX Scotland on creating UX comics, which was entertaining, potentially very useful, and helped me feel a little bit more confident about my drawing skills. Plus it had personalised…

I read this piece about a new venture from the digital team behind the data-crunching of Obama’s election campaign by Jim Rutenberg last night, and it just made me feel fucking miserable for the future of journalism and our industry….

Well, there’s a blog post headline I never thought I’d write. But I believe you should give credit where credit is due, and I’m finding that the digital Melanie Phillips brand is doing a couple of very interesting things. Firstly,…

“Designing the bottom half of the internet” – the sketchnote version

I was at UX Scotland today, talking about my experiences “Designing the bottom half of the internet”. There will be a full essay at some point in the near-ish future when I finish writing it, but in the meantime Michele…