London IA November 11 IA Mini

Posted in events by solle on 20/10/2009









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Max Gadney is a Commissioning Executive in the BBC Vision Multi-Platform team. Prior to that he was Head of Design and Audience Insight at the BBC News website during which time he oversaw several major launches and introduced the Net Promoter audience metric to the BBC. In his spare time Max writes and illustrates information graphics on military technology for WWII Magazine in the US.

Richard Sedley is Director of the cScape Customer Engagement Unit (CEU), a collective of online specialists drawn from multiple companies and offering clients a single source for the best in online marketing.

Jason Mesut is Experience Director at The Team

Oliver Reichenstein runs Information Architects in Tokyo

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London IA in a Pub

Posted in events by solle on 04/10/2009


Back to The Island Queen in Islington and the plan this time is to take the top room and put on some quick and dirty presentations and workshops between trips to the bar.

Stuart Cruickshank – The UX of search (CANCELLED)
Leisa Reichelt – What I’ve learned about UX freelancing
Boon Chew – The goodness of diary studies
Joe Lanman – The power of text interfaces; text interfaces for mainstream users
Francis Storr – Intranets
Martin Belam – UX of baby
Cara Dewsnip – Getting started in UX – my quest for answers
Nicky Smyth – UX Glass Ceiling

Evening kindly sponsored by Lab49 who will provide projector


(room in downstairs pub though)

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Brunel’s Tunnel

Posted in design, events by solle on 22/09/2009

This weekend saw the launch of the Geek Atlas, a book by John Graham-Cumming at the Brunel Museum which also marked the occasion by opening up the grand entrance hall to the Thames Tunnel.

An impressive place and with a title like ‘the birth of the tube’ (worldwide) and modern tunnelling methods etc associated with it – it certainly felt like an important place to stand for a moment and reflect on a Saturday afternoon.

Thames Tunnel Grand Entrance Hall

To quote The Geek Atlas (in a nutshell):

“In 1843, the first tunnel passing under a body of water opened beneath the Thames River, between Rotherhithe and Wapping in London. The tunnel was built by Marc Isambard Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It opened as a pedestrian tunnel featuring underground shops and entertainment, but within 30 years it had been purchased by a railway company and to this day is used to run trains.”

Thames Tunnel Grand Entrance Hall

Here’s a (v brief) calendar of the more interesting events (to know more stroll along the river and visit yourself – the book is only a fiver):

1825: Brick tower is sunk below the ground (Marc Brunel innovates the concept of building above ground and then sinking the construction) and boring begins

1827: Early example of public relations – a celebration banquet is held in the tunnel and they sing Rule Britannia and See the Conquering Hero Comes while the uniformed Coldstream Guards deafen everyone.

1828: Illness, death and then tunnel bricked up due to end of funding.

1834: Funding secured

1835: Tunnelling restarts

1838: Fifth major flood

1841: Tunnel reaches Wapping

1843: Thames Tunnel opened to pedestrian traffic and shops

1852: (financiers looking for more return on their buck) first fancy fair opens

1865: Tunnel handed over to East London Railway

1869: First passenger train travels through the tunnel

Thames Tunnel Entrance Hall

Conference feedback (big and small, it effects us all)

Posted in events, ideas by solle on 08/09/2009

My feedback and stuff to learn regarding recent conferences I have attended and assisted putting on (including London IA and dConstruct):

conference feedback

UXLondon Redux

Posted in events, ideas, Twitter, Uncategorized, UX by solle on 08/07/2009

We at the London IA group have organised an evening of recaps of the recent – and hugely successful – UXLondon

The line up for the evening at this point is (though it may change):

6.30pm doors open

7pm London IA Welcome

7.05 Presentation round up: Christian Petzny on Dan Saffer – presentation/workshop


7.30 Workshop/presentation round up: Francois Jordaan on Jared Spool – presentation/workshop


7.55 Workshop/presentation round up: Desigan Chinniah sums up Peter Merholz, Donna Spencer, Don Norman

Questions and 15 minute break

8.30 presenter view: Luke Wroblewski (prerecorded video)

8.35 Workshop session: Wireframing 2.0 redux James Box


9.15 Workshop session: Sketching UX Pictionary – Jane Austin/Frances Eida

10.00 presenter view: Jared Spool (prerecorded video)

10.05 Clearleft view & future: Andy Budd

11pm finish

The event is being hosted by Jason Mesut at The Team and is being sponsored by Nick Cochrane at Zebra People with a few prizes and giveaways including copies of Balsamiq

Over the course of the evening we hope to gain insight and feedback into the first day presentations from UXLondon and the second and third day workshops from the perspective of delegates, presenters, people who ran workshops and organisers. We will also endeavour to run a couple of ‘mini’ workshops based on UXLondon workshops.

The event is open to all members of London IA and there will be no charge.

There will be refreshments and a background of music from Martin Belam and I hope Jason Mesut and myself.

Below is the evening’s poster and supporting image:


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Posted in events by solle on 29/05/2009

The date and venue for UXCampLondon has been announced. It will be held in Richmond at the ebay and Gumtree offices on the 22 August between 10am and 7pm.


Anyone involved or interested in any aspects of user experience design / interaction design / information architecture / usability both online or offline please note the date in your diary.

Paraphasing TheRulesOfBarcamp:

  • You do talk about BarCamp.
  • You do blog about BarCamp.
  • No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Actually, this applies whether it’s your first or tenth BarCamp. All attendees present. It’s part of the fun.)

Ticketing details, set up for the day and how to get there will be announced in the next few weeks on the UXCampLondon site and the wiki.

You can also check the wiki for a list of those involved and interested parties and ideas for presentations.

You can also follow UXCampLondon on Twitter

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