Join us for the 15th international MEX in London in March 2015. 2 days where 100 creative thinkers learn, network and define the future of digital user experience.

Whispering to the future – a tale of navigating with Google Now

Okay Google Now - Hi Marek

“Okay Google Now,” I whispered. Nothing. The device stayed silent. I looked up the street to check whether I was still out of earshot of the lady and child I’d noticed earlier. “Okay Google Now,” I tried again, a little louder, but acutely aware how odd I’d look if they overheard me. I’d slowed my […]

October 27, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

User story: recovery truck guy

User story: recovery truck guy

“Love it!” He said it emphatically, telling me he’d been twelve years in the job and still every day was different. “I get to see a lot of Norfolk.” I asked him which piece of technology he’d never give up, pointing to a dashboard which played host to a TomTom GPS, a three year old, […]

October 6, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Preparing for Apple’s new interactions

Magnified depth in Apple Watch UI

Strip away the hype from Apple’s September 2014 product announcements and you’re left with 4 new interactions which might change digital user experience at scale: Magnified depth Pressure levels Haptic feedback Activated confirmation Their ramifications will ripple out beyond Apple’s own customer base as competitors replicate these methods. Historically, Apple has used the introduction of […]

September 12, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 1 comment

The tactile and audible experience of BMW’s i3

“You can hear the faintest murmur of wheel bearings and axles whirr, of suspension heaving, of wind rustling, of tyres swishing – first with slush under the wheels and then later you can hear that it’s just water. Occasionally you can hear the wipers quietly ‘wup’, and the indicators softly ‘plick-plick’. You can hear the […]

August 20, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Effective cross-modal input pairings

Cross-modal input thrives when discrete and continuous modes are paired. For instance, precise touchscreen input and the analogue feel of accelerometer-controlled tilt motion. Some pairings are more obvious than others – focus on what seems natural in context. “Don’t do it just because you can.” – Ken Willes, Director of Creative Services, Ideum, speaking at […]

May 30, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

The ugly experience of smartwatches

The ugly experience of smartwatches.  Image source:

Smartwatches and other wrist wearables have been prominent at this year’s CES, the consumer electronics show which provides an early look at annual product trends. Surely if everyone is announcing products in a new category, it must be on the cusp of mass market adoption, right? I disagree and think this is a classic case […]

January 9, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 15 comments

Enabling new Apple product categories with new interaction methods

Apple bought PrimeSense, a company which specialises in the spatial sensing technology used in products like Xbox Kinect. History, of course, can be a fickle guide to the future, but in light of this purchase it is worth noting Apple’s two most significant new product categories – the Mac and the iPhone – owe their […]

November 25, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 2 comments

Exploring quiet design, sensory interfaces and human factors at Made in Brunel

Made in Brunel and MEX workshops at the Bargehouse, London

Last weekend the MEX collaboration with Brunel University saw us experimenting with a new type of open workshop at the Bargehouse on London’s Southbank. It was hosted as part of Made in Brunel, the multi-day event organised annually by students to showcase their projects and develop links with industry. You can read all about the […]

June 18, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 1 comment

15th June 2013: join MEX & Made in Brunel creative sessions in London

Brunel designers at MEX in March 2013

On Saturday, 15th June, we’re running a series of 90 minute creative exercises at Made In Brunel, where participants can explore 3 themes inspired by MEX Pathways and Brunel’s designers: Quiet design: digital interactions which await users’ response, not demand their attention Form factor innovation: inspiring new digital experiences outside touchscreen slates Sensory interactions: using […]

June 12, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Summary of the 12th MEX: sensory interfaces, context aware UX, new form factors & better user research


By Marek Pawlowski Mobile as the new old For me, this was the first MEX where ‘mobile’ – understood as a device alone – started to feel traditional and old. From the outset in 2005, the heart of the MEX community has always been in the mobile technology industry, but it feels like we’re evolving […]

March 28, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

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