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£3m to fund early stage design innovation

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£3m to fund early stage design innovation

Design Foundations is a funding programme offering £3m to support early stage investment in design. Announced at a London event on 17th January 2017, it is the first Innovate UK funding of its kind with an explicitly horizontal remit, intended to help a broad range of sectors achieve new business outcomes through explorative design approaches.

Highlights

  • !–block–£1m available in the first round, registration closes 15th February 2017
  • !–block–Individual grants of between £20,000…
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The day Google invited me to learn papier mâché

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The day Google invited me to learn papier mâché

It started like any average Thursday: I responded to a few messages and checked on project progress in our MEX Basecamp.  It was when I opened my Google calendar to review the rest of the day that things got a little weird.

“News Year’s resolution?” Google asked me.  There was no small talk.  Google seemed to think I needed some self improvement and it got straight to the point.

Immediately I was curious: not because I was especially in search of a resolution (indeed, I am steadfast…

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Video: Rich Clayton’s #mexsession on UX at the intersection of physical & digital

 

When Rich Clayton (@monkeymischief | monkeymischief.net) took on the role of Creative Director at Loaded Magazine, it was a publication adrift – in need of both a new content direction to reflect the evolving tastes of its community and a new delivery experience to reflect the multi-touchpoint way in which readers now consume across physical and digital channels. In this March 2014 video recorded at MEX/14 in London, Clayton shares how his background in user…

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Life beneath the hovering eye

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Life beneath the hovering eye

My dog noticed it first. His ears rose to the deep buzzing sound just audible above the coastal breeze. He looked up at me with his most inquisitive frown. It grew louder as we walked on, sounding like the hum of a city power generator or a swarm of bees. However, we were on a coastal walking path far from the urban world and bees seemed unlikely in the depths of winter.

I scanned the trail in front of us, disconcerted, but the dog was now looking upwards. A drone hovered above, its f…

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Most popular design podcasts of 2016

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Most popular design podcasts of 2016

When Alex, Patrizia and I launched the MEX podcast in February 2016, we begun with a notion: an ongoing conversation with our diverse community about how to design better digital experiences.  However, we could not have anticipated it would lead to such a wealth of interesting guests, themes and explorations.

In 11 months we have:

  1. Published 25 episodes and over 27 hours of design discussion to listeners in 66 countries
  2. Interviewed 18 pioneering design thinkers with a broad range of…
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Principles for natively neighbourly multi-touchpoint experience design

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Principles for natively neighbourly multi-touchpoint experience design

If you listen to tech podcasts, you’ll likely already be familiar with curse of the keyword.  When a presenter says ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Hey Siri’ on their podcast, thousands of listeners’ devices all over the world automatically initiate a search.  It has been especially prevalent in 2016, as frequent updates to Google, Apple and Amazon’s voice assistants have provided commentators with plenty of opportunities to talk about these products.

I recently experienced the perfect storm when a podcas…

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Most popular user experience articles of 2016

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Most popular user experience articles of 2016

One thing became clear from compiling these rankings of the most popular content on mobileuserexperience.com: digital experience design encompasses an ever broader constituency, from pioneers of artificial intelligence and virtual reality to those at the forefront of new user research techniques.  Of course, we expect these patterns to inform the direction of the MEX initiative – from our conferences to consulting – in 2017, along with a few little surprises we’re working on.

Top 11 by uniqu…
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4 UX inspirations and our process for discovering them

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4 UX inspirations and our process for discovering them

What do ZTE, fabric, network performance and Apple’s 3rd party software integrations have in common?

These are just a few of the subjects we’ve been exploring as part of an internal MEX project called ‘Friday inspirations’, initiated by Alex Guest in May 2016.

The project developed from our move to Basecamp for collaboration between MEX team members. Basecamp 3 includes a feature called ‘Check-ins’: recurring questions sent out automatically at a particular time. In this case, it wa…

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Summary from MEX/16: new skills for a changing world of experience design

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Summary from MEX/16: new skills for a changing world of experience design

This much was clear from MEX/16: we must prepare for a future quite different from today’s world of smartphone primacy.

Emerging technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and multi-sensory interfaces are changing the skills required for good user-centred design. The impact will be felt throughout, from organisational strategy to the crafts of interaction design and user research.

Although the agenda for the 16th international MEX in London had been designed in advanc…

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Experiential clues in emerging technology

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Experiential clues in emerging technology

This is part of a series of provocations to fuel discussions at the MEX/16 conference.  Follow @mexfeed for more, join the debate at #mexdesign16 or by posting your comment below.

And you are?

You can do much more when you can verify who a person really is. Users’ most important digital experiences have always been prefixed by the process of verification: logging in to apps, accessing financial services, buying goods. The requirement for a username and password defines these interaction…

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