Thoughts on User Experience by Boon Chew


Month: June, 2009

How difficult is it to grasp user-experience?

I was having a reflective conversation with Darren on our way home from Cambridge the other day, after our meeting with Microsoft about our MSc projects. The both of us had very similar experiences stumbling upon UX. In fact, i had come across it from understanding usability, or more specifically, web usability. And I think […]

How not to do a Diary Study

I’m employing a diary study for my MSc dissertation on image search, and I realized I was doing it all wrong today when I met with my supervisor and project sponsors. Well, okay I wasn’t entirely clueless but I did make some pretty bad assumptions about diary studies, and these were the lessons I learnt. […]

What I like about Yammer and why it’s not like Twitter

I’m working at a small startup company and we’ve just got ourselves onto Yammer and I’m really getting into it. I use Twitter as well for my regular stuff, but Yammer has me posting all sorts of ideas and thoughts and feedback about the work we do. We basically use it to state what we’re […]

A Framework for Interaction

Because I have been doing a lot of PHP plumbing lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about implementing a web interaction framework that would make my life easier as a web developer cum interaction designer. One of things that got me thinking is the amount of complexity that’s involved in provide the right kind of […]

To-do: Evaluate Google Page Speed

Update: Rey alerted me to Yahoo! YSlow This looks interesting: Curious to know how effective this is towards usability/interaction design. Blurb from site: Page Speed is an open-source Firefox/Firebug Add-on. Webmasters and web developers can use Page Speed to evaluate the performance of their web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve […]

Wanted: Participants for Diary Study for Image Search Activities

This is a plug for a study I am doing for my MSc dissertation. If you are a healthy London-based person (preferrably male) aged between 40 and 65 who makes use of the Internet regularly, I would like you to participate in a Diary Study which will help me understand more about internet search behaviour […]

CSS Rite of Passage

Once again, I am getting my hands dirty with CSS. And I’m no expert, but having read through numerous articles from A List Apart, I’ve been fairly sensitive to how “designer-y” people think and react to CSS issues. For one, I am currently working with rey who’s coding up the front-end for a site we’re […]

UX Barcamp London 2009

Mark your calendars! UXCampLondon will be held on 22 August 2009, at the eBay/Gumtree offices in Richmond. As with all Barcamps, UXCamp will be highly collaborative, self-organising, and gather people from all sorts of UX-y places (interaction design, usability, user-experience, information architecture, HCI, etc.). Paraphasing TheRulesOfBarcamp: You do talk about BarCamp. You do blog about […]