Reading list & useful things I found for 1-8 September

User Research No design without (user) research; A great talk (with video) by Belén Barros Pena given at 2019 Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) conference in Saarbrucken. The talk was about why and how to incorporate design research practices into free software projects, but it applies to all projects. The tool we use to turn around […]

Doing ethical research with vulnerable users

(This post has been sitting in draft for a few months. Today I was tagged in a discussion about researching with vulnerable/distressed people and I just pressed publish. The post started out as an email I sent to the UK GDS User Research mailing list on the topic of doing user research with vulnerable people.) […]

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 […]

Adventures with impersonal recruitment agents

Adventures with impersonal recruitment agents: No, “Hello Bernard, how are you?”. “No, nice to meet you.” Opening line: “Good afternoon, Your profile looks well aligned to some requirements I have.” Translates to: “You look like a 2×4 plank. I need a 2×4 wooden plank.” — Bernard Tyers (@bernardtyers) August 29, 2018