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Job role:
User Experience Designer
Jackfruit Design Ltd
About Me:
I work to produce website and web application design with a strong usability component. I use user research to inform and shape the design process from the outset of a project. I work as a freelancer, often as part of a small team.

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Thinking about a workshop for UX Bristol...

The past couple of weeks I've been mulling over the idea of submitting a workshop idea for UX Bristol.

I was wondering about doing something on visual design - it might be kind of interesting to focus on the aesthetic and emotional aspects of the user experience. I think it's really important that UX design doesn't end with a clickable prototype, but includes the whole visual layer too.

You know, there's a…


Posted on February 16, 2011 at 18:05 — 4 Comments

Select box or auto-complete, within a longer form?

I have a page with a fairly long booking form. One of the tasks on that form is to select a charity from a list of about 200 charities. If the desired charity is not present, the user can enter a new one.

I'm considering changing this to a text input field with auto-complete. So the user starts typing the name of a charity and gets a dynamically…

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 10:16 — 3 Comments

Special computer for the elderly with an unreadable name

This looks interesting:

I've watched a couple of elderly people trying to use a computer and something like this is definitely needed.

Although the "SimplicITy" name itself is a usability nightmare in single colour text...

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 9:09

Should labels be emphasized more than data? Or visa versa?

In documents, it seems that there's a general tendency for labels to be emphasized more than the data that they label. For example browsers may render TH elements as bold but TD as regular weight. And in forms, I usually see the LABEL elements in bold but the INPUT elements or any other relevant data to be unbold.

In a way it seems natural - just like headings are usually in bold because they allow us to quickly scan the page and break it into chunks.

On the other hand,… Continue

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 10:04 — 2 Comments

Off Topic: Anyone know a good accountant?

Sorry not sure if I'm supposed to post this kind of thing here... tell me if not.

My accountant is far away in Sussex where I used to be based. So that, and climbing fees, means I'm looking for someone more local. Any recommendations? I'm a small Ltd company with 1 employee so don't need anything too big or expensive, and I mostly do my own book keeping.

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 8:02

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