Going forward, the University will be charging the Faculty according to the space it occupies. Unfortunately, it was decided over the summer 2013 that dedicated spaces with ‘Usability Lab’ and ‘Digital Media Studio’ on the door are, alas, no longer affordable. All spaces now have a more multi-purpose remit. The usability equipment (a Tobii eyetracker and Morae usability testing package) is still permenantly accessable in the PRSB2021 on a ‘walk-up and use’ basis, and the same kinds of rooms are still bookable. Upgrading your laptop and downloading some free stuff (see Reading List and Background/Preparation doc) means you can do user testing where you and your participants find convenient.
I visited We Are Experience (Holborn, WC1) Monday, and the agency may have internship opportunities in the design strategy, customer insight, interaction design space for next year. If you are interested let me know – it’s never too early, or too late.
These include; Caplin (trading software); Lumimobile (apps for mobile surveys); St Georges Hospital Radiology (workstation for medical image analysis). More to come I hope.
Martin attended Cambridge UxPA yesterday evening for Jes Allen and James Chudley’s talk about their very accessable textbook.
Martin and some students attended a London UxPA evening talk, hosted by Thomson Reuters. The traditional, high stakes world of finance is getting to know its retail customers – an opportunity for Ux, I think.
Two short papers at this single track event in Nijmegen, one with PhD student Nalini Edwards, and one with Masters by Research student Adam Oliver.
Martin has just presented the paper he wrote with MSc student Angela Boodoo at this year’s ACM CHI or ‘Human Factors in Computing Systems’ conference.
Wilson-Fletcher (agency), central London
Analysis and design of software for managing remote user studies
Storepoint, Kingston Upon Thames
Evaluation and redesign of workflow software for distributed translation for marketing
Agile Usability at GE Smallworld, Cambridge
Amongst many other things, GE Smallworld develop Geographical Information Systems-based network design tools for utilities and infrastructure companies. Engineers use the software to plan pipeline extensions, node locations etc. Two projects are being hosted – one developing an evaluation methods and tools for use in an agile process, another participating in an agile development process.
Remote website and content development for a specialist game park vacations company in Africa, organised by a UK-based management company.
The final day of data collection is always a milestone. Congratulations to Masters by Research student Leanne Chan! This video clip of Leanne’s mobile wardrobe prototype reveals user requirements for learnability, reservation and user support.