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)https://www.slack.com/ 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 […]

City Uni talk: User-centred government links

Hi everyone! Thank very much for your time yesterday. I really enjoyed visiting City Uni again. I mentioned a lot of different websites and links. If anyone wanted to read more about those thing,  here are some links to the things I mentioned. Home Office Digital Data and Technology If you’re interested in reading more […]

Seen in India: Biometric staff tracking systems

While we were travelling around in India earlier this year, I saw lots of interesting, fascinating, curious, and worrying things. At the door of a hotel we were staying in in one city, I saw this biometric 1)Wikipedia article on Biometrics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometrics recognition system by a company called Kanoe Systems 2)Kanoe company website http://www.kanoe.com/time-attendance who […]

Léonie Watson talking web APIs at Paris Web

Paris Web 2016 I attended Paris Web 2016 last week (more on that later) where Belén Barros Pena and I spoke about our DIY Mobile Usability Testing project. Léonie Watson and Charles McCathieNevile both working with W3C Standards spoke about HTML 5.1 and web APIs. I had a quick chat with Léonie afterwards (in a […]