Archive for the ‘User experience’ Category

Cross-Platform Mobile Apps and Agile UX at Jurmala Conference

Friday, May 9th, 2014

CROSS-PLATFORM MOBILE APPS

We’re currently working on a course, aimed at non-developers, for building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript, JQuery Mobile and Adobe’s PhoneGap Build. It will answer questions such as whether this is the right approach for you and tie together some of the myriad threads you need to pick up to get started and to understand the benefits as well as the drawbacks.

Having done a lot of the groundwork already means we are also in a position to offer mobile app development using the above tools – primarily for Android and iOS (phones and tablets) but also Windows Phone if required. If you’d like to see examples of what we’ve done so far, or of these tools in practical use, just visit the Google Play or Apple App stores and search for ‘syntagm’. Alternatively, see our apps web page at www.syntagm.co.uk/apps.htm

These are entertainment apps, but of course the principles can be applied to purely commercial requirements as well.

AGILE UX AT JURMALA CONFERENCE

Our two-day Persona-Driven Design workshop plus the half-day Agile UX & UCD course that we’ve just presented at the CHI conference in Toronto both feature in the programme of the second DevConFu conference in Jurmala, Latvia (near the capital, Riga). See www.devconfu.eu for further details and booking (look for sessions by William Hudson). The Persona-Driven Design workshop on 26/27 May precedes the conference which starts on the 28th.  Jurmala is a sea-side resort and hopefully the sea will be a little more welcoming than it was for the first conference in November!

SynCaps V3.1.2 with Participant Matching Feature

Friday, May 9th, 2014

We’ve released SynCaps V3.1.2. It addresses a number of minor bugs but also introduces a new feature to allow participants to be included or excluded from analysis based on their participant ID line (in the raw data file). This means that if you include participant profile information along with the ID (any text is permitted, up to 1000 characters) you can do analyses selectively. A screen shot of the new feature is shown below.

To make use of the new release, uninstall any previous version of SynCaps V3. Then download and install the setup program from www.syncapsv3.com.

SynCapsV3 with Participant ID Feature

SynCapsV3 with Participant ID Feature

February Update – Guerrilla UCD Live and Card Sorting

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

February Update – Guerrilla UCD Live and Card Sorting

We now have a series of dates for our Agile User Experience and Persona-Driven Design workshops in London, Tallinn and Hamburg (March, April and May, respectively). These sessions are aimed at building better understanding of how to integrate user experience and user-centred design with Agile approaches (day 1) and walking participants through the entire design cycle with a practical project (days 2 & 3). Early booking for London runs until 24 February:

  • Day 1: Agile User Experience (how to do UX in lean and Agile ways to better fit with the development process)
  • Days 2 & 3: Persona-Driven Design (a two-day workshop taking participants from user research through to conceptual models and visual specifications)

Full details and booking are available online.

Guerrilla UCD at the Interaction Design Foundation

Our recorded Guerrilla UCD webinars are still going strong at the Interaction Design Foundation web site. All 16 webinars are presented as a course, free with the cost of membership (currently EUR 98 / GBP 80 / USD 150). Visit http://bit.ly/ixd-ucd for more details.

Also, our two courses at CHI 2014 in Toronto have been scheduled; they are Card Sorting for Navigation Design on Tuesday morning, 29 April and Agile User Experience and UCD on Wednesday morning, 30 April. Further details (and 23 more courses!) at http://chi2014.acm.org/program/by-venue/courses.

Card Sorting with SynCapsV3

Speaking of card sorting, we have news of two special offers on our card sorting analysis package for Windows, SynCapsV3. The first is that it is now free for academic use – all you need is an academic email address to obtain a free license during checkout (limited to one license per email address). The second is that UXPA members are now entitled to a 15% on SynCapsV3 licenses.

In both cases, just download and install the software. Then click Buy/Transfer to obtain a license. Visit www.syncaps.com for general information, videos and downloads or www.syncapsv3.com to jump straight to the V3 download.

Free Card Sorting Webinars

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In the run up to the release of our new card sorting analysis package, SynCaps V3, we are hosting a series of free one-hour webinars on card sorting for user experience design. These will cover a range of topics and deal with both paper and online sorting. You do not have to be a current SynCaps user to attend or to benefit from the content.

Follow these links to register for the webinars:
1) Card Sorting Part 1 – Paper Sorting (24 Jan @ 16:30 GMT)
2) Card Sorting Part 2 – Basic Analysis (31 Jan @ 16:30 GMT)
3) Card Sorting Part 3 – Advanced Analysis (7 Feb @ 16:30 GMT)

Part 3 deals specifically with a whole range of new facilities in the upcoming release of SynCaps V3. These are designed to make it easy for you to make sense of card sort data (including existing online sorts) by performing participant analysis. This will allow you to remove “noisy” participants and identify distinct user communities based on how participants sorted their cards.

If you cannot make the webinars themselves, registering will give you access to downloadable recordings.

If you would like to take part in beta testing of SynCaps V3 and are an existing SynCaps user, please drop me a line – william.hudson@syntagm.co.uk

For more information on the existing versions of SynCaps, including the entirely free SynCaps V1, visit www.syncaps.com. For background information on card sorting have a look at my card sorting entry in the Interaction Design Encyclopedia at www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/card_sorting.html

Half-Price Webinar Sale Extended

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We’ve extended the end-of-the world sale of our 16 Guerrilla UCD webinars through to 7 January. So if your New Year resolutions include building better user experiences or improving the understanding of user-centred design in your team, take a look.

New Book in Production & Half-Price Sale on Guerrilla UCD Webinars

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I’ve got two exciting items of news. My 55-minute guide to usability, accessibility and search engine optimization is in the final stages of production and should be available in January. It’s a good introduction to all three topics (and it’s not just me saying that – see the reviewers comments at www.lightingtheroadahead.com) plus can help to explain their need to colleagues and customers. Visit the site to join our mailing list and be among the first to get hold of a copy.

The second news item is that we’ve finished recording this year’s 16 Guerrilla UCD webinars. They are now available at half price until the end of the year. For each webinar you’ll be able to download a PDF of the slides and a WMV video file. Both can be shared within your team and are yours to keep. Visit www.guerrillaucd.com to see the full list and to start taking advantage of this money-saving offer. (The 60-minute overview is still free. You can either add it to your basket on the Guerrilla UCD site or watch it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNH1zwZgR0.)

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

William Hudson

Guerrilla UCD – Usability, User Experience and Agile Webinars

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We’re launching our series of usability, user experience and Agile webinars with a free one-hour overview next Wednesday (23 May) at 16:30 London time. The focus of the series is to engage the whole team in user experience so they are designed for a broad audience. See www.guerrillaucd.com for more details and to book the free overview (add it to your basket and checkout – there will be nothing to pay).

UxFest London Only a Week Away

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

It’s not to late to book places on the four days of Agile, UCD, UX, Service Design and IA courses than make up UxFext. Visit http://www.syntagm.co.uk/design/schedule.shtml#uxfest

Spring 2012 Courses in Agile, UX, UCD and IA

Monday, December 5th, 2011

We’ve just launched our Spring 2012 training schedule for Agile, UX, UCD and IA courses in London and Brussels, including our popular UxFest early next year (March 2012). See the full details and book online.

UxFest London 7 – 10 February: Early booking extended

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We’ve extended the early booking discount for UxFest until 15 Jan. This is the perfect opportunity to hone your UX and IA skills for the next decade!