Author Archives: jwengwell

The Iteration Game

Iterative design possibly isn't really a thing in its own right, as design IS a fundamentally iterative process: analysing the problem space and context, coming up with solution/s, testing, applying insights to refine. Even just on paper, developing an idea is a fundamentally iterative process. However the iteration that takes place back and forth between design and development cycles is, of course, a thing, and that's what this article is about.

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Design Debt: Are we solving the wrong problems ?

Technical Dept is a well known concept for tech companies. There is always some code that is clumsy and rushed, workarounds tied together with string, corners cut because of deadlines, poor documentation. Its a debt that needs to be paid. If it isn’t, life will get increasingly complex: New features will be harder and slower to implement, you will lose flexibility, and the user experience (as always) will be the first to suffer.

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Design Psychology

Design has been referred to as ‘The Social Psychology of Creativity’, both disciplines are inherently about uncovering the truth and changing behaviour. But design psychology has a darker side, one that underpins the foundation of our modern consumer society, and the choices we need to make for our future.

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Exploring the Idea

They live in the same realm as thoughts, are ephemeral, untouchable, their composition a mystery to science, and yet they can spread across the planet faster than a virus. In this post we look at the science behind one of the greatest human skills, and one intrinsic to the design process: ‘The idea’.

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Post Flat

The world has gone flat. Interfaces with shadows, bevels and gradients are now deeply unfashionable. UI elements that mimic real world buttons, and god forbid textures: brushed aluminium, stitched leather etc, are hunted down, subjected to a good mocking, then executed with evangelical relish. So is that it, is ‘flat’...

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Design Thinking Top 10

My Dad and I used to build toy boats when I was a boy. Before we ever got out the wood, tools, or paint, we would get out the paper and pencils, and plan what we were going to build in great detail. We’d discuss the boats purpose: its function,...

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XJAM GOV

A fabulous three days co-facilitating the Global Government Service Jam with Redfront at Devon County Hall. Three projects emerged from the process, with Phillippa Rose setting a high bar with her A Team themed tribute. Projects Action Van We will help young people find their own place in their community...

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KCI Labs

On 23 May 2013 King's Cultural Institute and Caper brought together academics, artists, curators and creative technologists to create innovative collaborative projects.

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XJAM

March 1-3 I attended the excellent XJAM event at Exeter University, part of the Global Service Jam, a series of events which took place across the world, with. Hosted by the ever pro-active Philippa Rose & Simon Gough of Redfront, the event had a wide range of participants, with backgrounds and disciplines, from service design to social media strategy and local government trainers.

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Retina for WordPress

The main picture for this post shows a single iPad icon in pixel proportion to the original Mac OS desktop. As a pixel geek I love this image, it really sums up the leap in display resolutions made over the last twenty five years: A single icon using up more...

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