Tumblr’s missing support for Missing e

Last month, portions of the Tumblr-sphere were up in arms over Missing e being forced offline. Missing e is a browser extension to Tumblr created by Jeremy Cutler which provides enhanced functionality to the Tumblr dashboard. Some aspects offered additional features to those provided by Tumblr (such as Follow Checker, which allowed you to... read more

Blend is a beast (but one I’d quite like to tame)

Microsoft recently added SketchFlow to Expression Blend, a tool to “rapidly prototype user interfaces”. Sounds interesting, I thought, so I headed off to download a trial to see what SketchFlow had to offer. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this post I’d just like to make a few points: You are reading a... read more

Innovating meanings at Business of Software

Cross-posted from my personal blog. So I’ve been reading a book called Design-Driven Innovation by Roberto Verganti. It’s a good book although, as is wont by [Insert University Name Here] Press hard-covers, longer and preachier than absolutely necessary. It tackles the topic of innovation through design that in a world of “Agile” and “Lean” we hear... read more

My 2 cents on sharing UX findings

In the past few months I have been a part of a team working on a project called Migrations. We’ve been developing new feature that will work with SQL Compare and SQL Source Control. This feature is meant to make the lives of database developers and database administrators a little better by allowing users... read more

Designing SQL Storage Compress: from mock-ups to release

The most recent project I’ve been working, SQL Storage Compress, has now been released (Yeah!). I thought I’d share some of the designs created at the beginning of the project illustrating how some rough ideas created using Balsamiq mock-ups now look like in the final implementation. I should say that the examples below are... read more

Auto Scroll – a good idea. That isn’t

Auto scroll seems like a good idea. Manually scrolling can be a bit tedious and sometimes the scroll bar is away to the right of the content I want to read, so I’m moving my mouse quite a bit, and quite often considering how much time I spend looking at web pages and documents.... read more

UX collaboration during Down Tools Week

During our most recent down tools week (DTW), Adam Parker, and I became involved in a project called SQL Index Monitor and provided UX skills to the development team. Ideation Session   The week kicked off with an ideation session to generate and share ideas for projects which could be developed over DTW.  This... read more

A brilliant move from Google

Without much fanfare Google innocently just launched a new Chrome extension: the Google +1 Button for Chrome. This is a brilliant move from Google and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this become a standard part of Chrome rather than just an extension in the near future. It means that whatever I’m browsing I... read more

A small plus for G+

I just left a comment on a Google+ entry. Soon as I posted it I realised I made a mistake and wanted to change it. Lo and behold, there’s a wee edit link right there for me to do just that. It’s a small thing but it’s something that’s been bugging me in the... read more

Collab Lab: speedboat session

Collab Lab Every Wednesday at Redgate, just before lunch, we run a club known as the ‘Collab Lab’. This is open to everyone at Redgate but tends to have a rather strong UX presence. The aim of the club is for us to improve our collaborative decision making skills by learning and practising graphic facilitation techniques... read more