First Ux Course Show

Many, many thanks to Aviva Digital Garage, the insurance company’s fast growing fintech venture, for hosting the first MSc Ux course show, and to Aviva’s Ux-ers for keeping the students on their toes!   The Show celebrated the work of some graduating students: Jack McHugh, Po-Yang Shih, Julien Cresus (now at Societe Generale), and also, making for something of a Kingston University theme this year, Laura Vicente, supported by the Centre for Graduate Excellence, and Jenney Shi (Founders Factory Incubator), who worked on NoobLab, the brainchild of Ux course lecturer Paul Neve.  A suitable finale to the inspiration and perspiration of the summer, and a chance for the Cabinet Office and the Home Office to highlight the opportunities for Ux talent in Government. CourseShow

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KU Work with Ux Alumni

HCID_swetha_sethu_jones_180px  It is always a genuine pleasure to hear that one your students has gone on to achieve great things. So it was a particular pleasure to learn that one of the Ux course’s early graduates, Swetha S J, had returned to KU to user test the university’s Enterprise website. When planning the Ux course, we imagined many possible impacts, but benefiting ourselves in this way was definitely not anticipated!  It just goes to show that it really is good to keep in touch! You can read more about Swetha’s user testing project online at Systems Concepts, or watch the video from HCID2017.

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Running Design Workshops

Design Thinking workshops have been a feature of the Ux(Content) module for a couple of years now, and I am still learning how to deliver them better.  How did I record workshop outcomes before I could access the Discussion Boards in our Virtual Learning Environment from my mobile?!

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UxPA talks 16-17

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‘Smart’ Experiences – designing interactions with systems, which can detect patterns in user behaviour and react accordingly

This year we’ve attended quite a few talks from active Ux practitioners – Thoughtworks, Facebook, Sainsburys, Moo.com.  These talks add an invaluable industry perspective to the course, and provide an introduction to a community that would be very difficult to reproduce.  So I should take this opportunity to thank the many events organisers and hosts – “Thank you!”

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Moo.com

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Possible Ux Internship: Stratagem Ltd., LONDON WC1

Possible Ux Internship: Stratagem Ltd., LONDON WC1.  £90 per day one day, one day per week for 12 months, start date October 1st 2016
Stratagem Ltd are a small, but established business looking to develop a Ux allrounder to help create intuitive and compelling user experiences for their sports gaming and trading products.  The internship aims to dovetail paid work with university assignments.
The internship will cover the full-range of Ux activities – analysis, design, prototyping and evaluation – and encourage the use of the latest, industry-standard methods and tools.  The student will be supported in the selection of coursework and project topics by the Stratagem development team and the University course director.  These topics are expected to support Stratagem’s business and product development strategy.  The internship directly provides familiarisation with the company, its business and product development strategies, and entry-level participation in all areas of the business.
The successful student should have an undergraduate degree in Information Technology/Computer Science, and a strong interest is user experience, data visualisation, sports information, and sports betting.  Students with undergraduate degrees in business, psychology and/or design, who are also familiar with html, css and javascript are also encouraged to apply.  Strong potential for all-round ability is sought.
The student will be expected to work 1 day per week and to be paid monthly in arrears at a rate in the region of £90 per day.  An additional day per week  may be required for some final major projects e.g. agile, data gathering sessions, particularly over the summer 2017.
An important selection criteria is that the student has the opportunity to align coursework objectives with company needs, and that coursework and project topics are likely to include the following:
i.                     Production of a usability test report. Example topics for usability test include:
Execution popup: a) Preview page (what does a user want to see when deciding on whether to place a bet before a game?); Live risk / in-play page (what does a user want to see when trading a live game?).
ii.                   Develop a ‘new’ product concept, for example, a mobile app, or channels for social media awareness and marketing.
iii.                  Additional topics and tasks to be identified.  There are many specialist practices that could be deployed, particularly during extended ‘final’ or ‘major’ projects, such as: Information architecture; gamification (allowing users to predict results and compete with other users); ‘visualisation’; and modelling decision-making.
Please send CV and a covering letter in the first instance to Martin Colbert, Senior Lecturer, CIS, Kingston University (m.colbert@kingston.ac.uk) by 30th August, 2016, with a view to preparing a winning application to Stratabet.
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Industry-based projects 2015

internships in Government: hone your IT skills and make a difference

UK Government: the chance to make a difference and well into design and technology

This year, students completed final projects and/or internships at Lebara (mobile comms), UK Cabinet Office, Amaroo media, ProjectPublish and at start ups LingoHub (translation workflow) and the Wellbeing network (self-monitoring).  The project at the Cabinet Office was, we believe, the first ever application of the Government Digital Service manual to an internal project – now government workers can experience the benefits of an agile, user-centered approach, just like the citizen.  Well done AT!

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Industry speakers!! thank you very much for some great talks this year – Gabe Fender (Design Thinking, Goldman Sachs), Swetha Sethumudhavn (Field Interviews, Systems Concepts), Raida Shakiry (Branded Ux, Raida Shakiry Inc.), Angela Boodoo (Content Strategy, SFW)

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Shaken but not Stirred

Goodbye Ux 2014

Goodbye Ux 2014

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renting University accommodation

Rental agreements for University flats and halls run September to June (40 weeks), or September to August (50 weeks) http://www.kingston.ac.uk/accommodation/.  It has happened that some of our overseas students have lost their accommodation three weeks before they were due to complete their Final Major Project.  This is extremely awkward timing.  The ideal rental agreement might run for, say, 60 weeks – to allow for early arrival for induction and pre-sessional English language courses, and some extra time after hand-in for Induction.  KU does not offer 60 week rentals, so some students find new accommodation in June, others make temporary arrangements with friends, family and hotels to tide-them over/move around in August.   Either way, best to be forwarned, and prepared and check out the link to the university calendar on the KU accommodation site.

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Marking Prototypes

Do I need some new scatter cushions?
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Open this Augmented Reality shopping app, and point it at an area of your office that needs brightening up.  Then, drag the possible purchase onto the camera output.  Any good? Looks super!  (Courtesy of DB, UxD(Content) module.

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