New blog theme: Metro

Blog redesign: October 2012 edition

(Email and RSS subscribers will need to click through to see the change) I’ve felt for a while that I should make this blog better suited to mobile interfaces and, in particular, touchscreen devices. This is known as responsive web design and I’ve been particularly impressed with Microsoft’s ‘Metro’ design language leading to a tiled […]

Wordle-like Twitter screens for conference keynote presenters?

I’ve been at the PELeCON conference this week. After her keynote, Keri Facer mentioned in a couple of tweets that the Twitter wall being visible to the audience but not the speaker can be problematic. Everything was positive in Keri’s session, but this isn’t necessarily the case for everyone (see danah boyd example). So it […]

UX: 5 valuable resources

I realised recently that the middle of my Venn diagram is ‘user experience’ (broadly considered) user outcomes. This incorporates what’s known as UX: User eXperience (UX) is about how a person feels about using a system. User experience highlights the experiential, affective, meaningful and valuable aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI) and product ownership, but it […]

Let me tell you what I think ‘this’ is.

Last week I wrote a post entitled What’s this? which included the following diagram: Answers from the comments: DEPTh A planned presentation Apple Nirvana A 21st century educator The future Trust Innovation Good answers all. My answer? The user experience. User outcomes* Think about it. It’s what designers, teachers, productivity gurus and technology enthusiasts […]

New metaphors and symbols required!

What’s wrong with this image? Part of the problem with technology adoption in education comes from perceived parental pressure and expectation. This is fuelled by a rather reactionary media who use outdated metaphors and reference points in their discussion of education. Want to represent education? Here you go: The trouble is, I can’t remember the […]

On Minimalism.

One in, one out. Divesting. Uncluttering. However you do it, getting by with less is remarkably liberating. It doesn’t mean that every room in your house needs to be sparse. It doesn’t mean that you need to write shorter blog posts. It means that you approach every situation with the design philosophy of ‘enough and […]