Over the past 20 years I've learned a lot about UX. Sometimes big things, but more often lots and lots of tiny things. It's hard to pick all these individual lessons out, it feels like they've been compiled into a big “binary blob” in my brain. Over the past year I’ve been working to unpick these threads and extract everything I’ve ever learned about... more...
I wrote a post for Initial Commit about how we, as a generation of designers and developers, have failed. Failed spectacularly.
Failed to make interfaces that are usable, failed to make software that is intuitive, and failed to make products that normal people can understand.
Check out the full version originally published on Initial Commit on Medium. more...
Thanks to a complicated series of events and (possibly) mistaken identity, I found myself in Paris last week for three days. A large global bank were under the false impression that I could help fix their doomed business models and funded the entire trip. I went to Viva Technology — which has usurped the now defunct Le Web conference as the biggest in France. I did a ton of... more...
If you've ever needed to migrate data from a 'flat file' format into a relational database, you'll wish you already knew about 'sqlizer'. sqlizer.io is a web-based tool that takes a file (Excel xlsx, comma-separated, tab-separated, XML or JSON) - automatically determines the structure - then generates an SQL script, complete with table definitions and insert statements. It's free for personal use (up to... more...
Hint: they're all awful;
If you'd like to show users how good/bad their password choices are, Dropbox have open-sourced a realistic password estimator called zxcvbn.
I have been lucky enough to see “under the hood” of 100s of startup companies — mostly early-stage web technology companies — and I’ve spotted some patterns. That is to say, startups that I’ve seen succeed often adhere to many of these criteria. These aren’t “hard and fast” rules, but they are ways of increasing your chance of success, reducing obvious failures and making your startup journey a... more...
The 'PXP3 Slim Station' is a 'knock off' handheld games console. Made in China and unbranded, it's packaged in a smaller version of a Sony PSP case - cloned of course. It runs a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US) emulator and comes with a built in selection of games and a plug-in cartridge with more games on. I'm assuming these are all... more...