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MEX conference tickets – early bird deadline Friday, 23rd September

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MEX conference tickets – early bird deadline Friday, 23rd September

Buy your MEX conference tickets by Friday 23rd for the best value early bird price of £799 ($1030 approx.)

Join design agencies, pioneers of user-centred technology and innovative brands from finance to healthcare in London on 12th & 13th October.

MEX – now in its 16th international edition – is a 2 day exploration of digital experience design where you work alongside fellow experts to share best practice and create ideas, inspired by a progressive and deeply researched agenda.

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Prioritise beautiful essentials

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Prioritise beautiful essentials

Peter Skillman, speaking during MEX/14 while Head of Design at mapping business HERE, warned against the temptation to focus on flashy, headline elements of the UX. This was often done at the expense of more frequently used, but less glamorous interactions. There is an untapped opportunity to build little moments of joy for the user in small gestures, sounds and visual sequences, creating a cumulative effect and long lasting relationship.

— Part of the MEX Insight Series, highlighting m…

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The MEX/16 conference: hidden paths to better UX

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The MEX/16 conference: hidden paths to better UX

What are the new strategies and design methods to translate customer insight into next generation digital experiences?

The MEX/16 conference explores a question which transcends product categories and industry verticals.

It is set in the future we know is coming: where digital industry must address artificial intelligence, multi-sensory interfaces, service design at unprecedented scale and commercial primacy for UX.  The agenda is built on 20 years experience curating the finest and…

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Design Talk 20. Inclusive design; Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos

Accessible design is good design, whether motivated initially by the needs of users with specific disabilities or broader goals of social and economic inclusion.  Neil Milliken talks to MEX founder and podcast host Marek Pawlowski about his work leading accessibility at Atos, one of the world’s largest digital services companies, and the AXSChat community he co-founded.  The conversation ranges from Neil’s early career to the academy he is building at Atos to teach accessible design skills.

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Intro to user research in 4 videos: better interviews to generative techniques

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Intro to user research in 4 videos: better interviews to generative techniques

Rory Southworth’s video series of 4 ‘lightening’ sessions on user research starts with the basics of how user insights drive better design decisions and goes on to explain a range of techniques for delving deeper into user motivations.

Each of the 4 sessions is supported by case study examples of user research applied in context and a selection of the frameworks Rory has found useful in his work.

Read more about Rory Southworth on his LinkedIn profile.  The sessions were recorded at MEX…

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Designing mobile devices at the intersection of creativity & consumption

The stories behind why novel product categories are introduced are often more important than the first product in the new line-up.  In the 20 years I’ve been writing about technology, I’ve seen plenty of good new products arrive, only to disappear – unsupported – after just 1 or 2 release cycles.  Nokia’s Lumia 2520 and Windows RT, anyone?

Reading between the lines of Lenovo’s September 2016 Yoga Book launch, however, there is an i…

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Design Talk 19. The Friday inspirations project

In this episode we share 6 digital design inspirations, from a sci-fi film script written by artificial intelligence to a fashion collection influenced by sound waves. Prompted by a move to Basecamp for MEX collaboration, podcast co-host Alex Guest introduced ‘Friday inspirations’, a recurring task for each member of the team to share a weekly ‘find’ with colleagues. Alex and co-host Marek Pawlowski take turns explaining why they picked each inspiration and how it relates to digital experienc…

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Experimenting with audio in digital experience design

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Experimenting with audio in digital experience design

This is the story of a MEX experiment in audio design, where we blindfolded 100 conference participants and played them three original compositions – each a minute in length – by Peter ‘pdx’ Drescher.

Participants were allowed to briefly remove their blindfolds between each composition to write or sketch their instant reaction.

It was part of a larger (and ongoing) effort – MEX Pathway #9 – to encourage digital designers to strive beyond purely visual interactions and tap into additiona…

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Design Talk 18. Microexpressions in user research; Aaron Garner, Director, Emotional Intelligence Academy

Design improves in proportion with how accurately users’ true feelings are understood.  However, are user experience practitioners doing enough to look outside their own field to evolve new research techniques?  We spoke with Aaron Garner of the Emotional Intelligence Academy about the methods he uses to understand microexpressions – fine nuances which are often more reflective of users’ real reaction to a product, before they are quickly hidden in the interests of social etiquette.  Aaron’s …

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