Fixing fn button controls on your POP_OS laptop post-update 18.10

I’ve been using my XPS 13 developer machine more and more over the past few months after recently installing POP_OS (Ubuntu based with a very nice and usable Gnome 3 theme). Last week I updated to POP_OS 18.10, which brought lots of changes. One of those unexpected changes was the function (F buttons) stopped controlling […]


(This is an open letter to The Association of Computer Machinery) Dear ACM Events team, This is a light-hearted constructive criticism of your events sign-up form. It is meant to be helpful. In a previous life I was an engineer but I went to the light side and became a Human-Computer Interaction professional. My profession […]

Internet Freedom Festival 2018 – Introverts meetup

Details Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Time: 14:00 – 15:00 Room: Patio Naranjos Duration: 1 hour Description (From the IFF Schedule) “This meetup brings together individuals that identify as introverts. Meetups are one hour informal events focused on allowing people to meet and greet.” I’ve volunteered to lead the Internet Freedom Festival Introvert meetup at this years IFF. […]

Using Apple Magic mouse with Ubuntu sometimes causes unwanted behaviours

One of the main annoyances with my new Ubuntu machine is not so much the fault of Ubuntu, or the Dell hardware – but the lack of a decent pointing device. As much as I complained originally, I like my Apple Magic Mouse. My muscle memory has formed, ergonomically it’s (reasonably) comfortable. So annoying! The […]

Useful Gnome extensions for UX professionals

As I wrote before, I’m conducting an experiment of working with only Open Source software in my day-to-day User Centred Design profession. One of the good things with OS X software was the abundance of useful, single use applications which helped in work. Using Linux, this shouldn’t be impossible to achieve either. The flavour of […]

Slack and government

Anyone working in, or following digital services in (any) government, is probably aware of the use of Slack 1) as an ephemeral instant messaging service by people working in digital services. If they’re aware of that, then they’re also probably aware of the Freedom Of Information request recently submitted to the UK governments Cabinet Office, […]

The Open Sourced User Centred Designer – Introduction

Hello, I’m Bernard I’m a user centred designer. I work mainly as a user researcher and interaction designer. In my day job, I work in a UK government department. I spend my days mostly doing: user research to build services that are sometimes completely digital, and sometimes a mixture of digital and non-digital interaction design […]