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UX and Software Development in Banking

31 Jul

by hanna-at-tobias 31.07.14

How Sophisticated Design can Transform Complex Banking Systems


Since 2000, capital markets investment banking technology has changed dramatically with the emergence of the first single-dealer platforms (SDPs) and the eventual adoption of new and better underlying scripting languages. User experience (UX) design is the next frontier in the pursuit of trading platforms competing for market share.

Tobias & Tobias have written this paper, in association with Greyspark Partners. Download the infographic for free and get the research paper here. 

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Tags: ux ux design user experience banking investment banking buy-side technology software development thought leadership research

Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing

24 Jul

by hanna-at-tobias 24.07.14

Julian, our CEO, gave two speeches at UXPA 2014 this week. The first, Music Lessons for Designers, will be featured next week (we’re waiting for the video so we can show you as well as tell you), and his second was about excellence in design. Julian is just about off stage, and we wanted to give you a quick overview of one of his points. 

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Tags: design thinking user experience copywriting uxpa uxpa2014 orwell george orwell

New Ways of Bringing Our Models to Life

22 Jul

by tim-at-tobias 22.07.14

We were fortunate to have animation specialists A+C visit our experience design studio a few weeks ago. They ran a fun workshop aimed at teaching us the basics of stop frame animation. A+C is an animation production studio, specialising in traditional lens based animation They also give talks, run workshops and teach film-making courses.

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Tags: animation

Creating Meaningful Scales for Assessing User Response

15 Jul

by hanna-at-tobias 15.07.14

At Tobias & Tobias we spend a lot of time trying to get people to tell us what they need from their interactions with technology that they aren’t currently getting. Obviously, it’s hard to get people to tell you what isn’t there, so we get them to assess their interactions on a scale. However, these scales are hard to design, so we’re going to do some crowdsourcing!

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Tags: ux design ux design thinking workshops

MSU WRAC Present on Project for Learning Disabled Students

11 Jul

by hanna-at-tobias 11.07.14

Our Michigan State University students have come to the end of their programme in London - and they’ve taken the good weather with them!

Two more weeks of research and preparation led to two excellent presentations on Tuesday on a brief covering the use of technology in schools for the severely learning disabled. They were asked to consider how a community passport - effectively a social network - could be designed to give students better opportunities to connect with each other and maintain a learning and developing environment outside of the classroom.

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Tags: ux user experience msuwrac michigan state university learning disability technology london

Michigan State Summer School at T&T

02 Jul

by hanna-at-tobias 02.07.14

Summer programmes are relatively unheard of for UK university students: they take the time to earn some cash, go and get muddy in various fields, see the Far East (again) or simply retake some exams.

In the US, summer programmes are much more the norm. Thus, at Tobias & Tobias we have six students from Michigan State with us for five weeks, learning about UX, professional writing and presenting to clients.

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Tags: ux education michigan state university msuwrac summer school london professional writing user experience design design thinking

No Points for Poor Customer Experiences

05 Jun

by gerryduffy345 05.06.14

Today I decided to leave a club that I have been part of for several years. It is not for the reason that Groucho Marx might not have wanted to have been part of it. My reasons are different. I am leaving because I no longer see the benefit in being part of this club, all the value seems to be in one direction: from me to them. This value for them comes in the form of my data. You may be a member of this club too, and if not this one - there are plenty more like it that I am sure you are part of. So you might be wondering which club I left…well it is Tesco’s Clubcard - and the reasons for leaving are simple.

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