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10 Guiding Principles of User Experience

They say good typography is invisible, because a reader looking at a well crafted and set typeface will only see the word itself, and not even give a moment’s thought about the fact they are looking at individual letters or a font. If we think about a digital interface in the same way, we start to consider how we present content and functionality logically, as the user shouldn’t really be thinking about what a button or input field is, or even that they are on a website at all. They should just be allowed to achieve what they wanted to do, read your content, and go on with their day...

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I am not my job

Inspired from a tweet by the human swear box that is Scott Riley, I wanted to share some photos from a lovely weekend we had. The part Scott's thought plays in this is that this weekend really emphasised something I already know to be true, that as much as I love my job, design, UX, and the web, it's not what I want to define me. Not really.

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Asking the right questions

Part of being a good UX designer isn't having the right answers, its about asking the right questions. Knowing what the questions are will lead to moulding the design from a ill defined shape, to a considered and appropriate product.

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New beginnings

I'm excited to announce that as of 2nd March, I'll be joining the guys over at Absolute Design as the Senior UX Designer. I'm sad to be leaving Un.titled as I've made some great friends and learnt a lot in terms of front-end dev. I've always wanted to work at Un.titled, ever since I first encountered them around eight years ago, so I feel really lucky to have finally achieved that dream.

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Stoneywell Cottage, Ulverscroft

Acquired by The National Trust in 2012, Stoneywell Cottage in Ulverscroft has been restored to a 1950s window into the past of this holiday home and homage to the arts and crafts movement.

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A new approach (part 1 of 2)

In the last four years, my process toolkit of how I approach building web experiences has grown. Massively. Everything from client inclusion exercises, to learning Twig and Sass, I'm really happy to see a lot there.

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One team – shared ownership

Historically with customers and service providers, the relationship was perceived to be just that, the customer is just the customer and the one bringing the money to the table, so therefore all the effort, problem solving and responsibility lay with the service provider.

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Data driven decision making

The web, and everything within it, is a fast paced entity. It’s constantly changing and adapting, and so are its users. Building for the web is more akin to product design than traditional graphic design. So while we like our website to sparkle (who doesn’t?), we need to make sure it actually works for the people using it...

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Semantic web design #SWD

Waiting in the wings since the dawn of the web, semantics in code will be our saving grace when the concept of the ‘screen’ becomes stretched (or compressed) further still and the next wave of web enabled devices hit…

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