Dark Patterns Banned By EU

Dark Patterns are user interfaces (UIs) that are intended to trick people. We’ve probably all seen them, and likely been victims of them. Ever booked a Ryanair flight? You’ll have seen dark patterns, and likely screamed at your screen trying to remove the added insurance and speedy boarding(!) from your basket. Continue reading Dark Patterns Banned By EU

Things off the Internet, and the Internet of Things

We are always keen to try out the latest stuff here at T&T. This week, I’ve been showing anyone and everyone a few bits of circuitry and a couple of resistors.
Metawear
It’s actually a lot more exciting than it looks: this is Metawear, the kickstarter-funded DIY wearable technology. For about $40, they post you this little kit, which includes a board with a microUSB for charging, battery, vibrate button, temperator detector, push button, an LED, and a 3-axis accelerometer.

From this, you can build a host of wearable devices, like activity bands, interactive household items and alarms. Some of the ideas that have been floating around the office have been remarkably everyday: automatic texts to your wife “so she knows you’re thinking of her”, location-based alerts that warn you if your bike has moved from where you locked it, notifications to tell you if your kids switch the light on in their room after bedtime. Others were focused on capital markets and energy systems: flash if you’ve not read a message within half an hour, switch the light off in a room after you leave it for more than two minutes, or vibrate if a certain change in the market occurs.

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Learning about Taxonomy in Web Design

Having started at T&T in June I found myself getting to grips with new people, approaches, tools and technology but there was one standout moment in one of the early design meetings I attended which raised alarm bells. A word that was mentioned several times which I thought I understood but as the meeting unfolded it became apparent I didn’t really, and it has led me to writing this blog. The word in question was taxonomy. Continue reading Learning about Taxonomy in Web Design

Affecting Relationships with Alcohol Using Behavioural Design

Improving your relationship with alcohol is a difficult and stigmatised area. Our Sydney office worked with Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), an Australian charity aimed at guiding people to better lives by taking a break from alcohol.

The brief was to help them improve their online platform. They wanted to help people share their stories to create an atmosphere of support and camaraderie. We were chosen for our expertise in behaviour design. HSM had already done academic work with the University of Queensland, QUT, the University of Newcastle and The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education in the past, so we had rigorous scientific research already available to use. Continue reading Affecting Relationships with Alcohol Using Behavioural Design

Top Shelf Issues

I am 5’2 3/4” tall, and have been since I was 12. I have proportionate length arms. I don’t consider myself to be exceptionally short… in fact I would guess that there are several million similarly built people in the UK. I happen to think of myself as independent and self-sufficient… until I have to do the weekly food shop. Continue reading Top Shelf Issues

UX and Software Development in Banking

How Sophisticated Design can Transform Complex Banking Systems

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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.  Continue reading UX and Software Development in Banking

Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing

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.  Continue reading Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing

MSU WRAC Present on Project for Learning Disabled Students

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. Continue reading MSU WRAC Present on Project for Learning Disabled Students