The new HTML element

A small but noteworthy improvement in how we make seamless multi-channel experiences

Last week, Google released Chrome 38. Though this does not mean much to the majority of end users, it could mean a bit more for developers and designers. Chrome 38 implements support for the HTML element <picture>, which enables a site to request images that are tailored to the currently reported screen resolution and browser view portal width. This will start to make a difference to the way images are served and displayed in responsive designs.

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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

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

UX and Software Development in Banking

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.  Continue reading UX and Software Development in Banking

Creating Meaningful Scales for Assessing User Response

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! Continue reading Creating Meaningful Scales for Assessing User Response

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

Michigan State Summer School at T&T

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. Continue reading Michigan State Summer School at T&T

Designing for Hyperlocal Communities

Earlier this year, Civil Exchange published the first audit of the Big Society initiative. Unsurprisingly, it contained some pretty damning statistics.   

They illustrate, for example, that in deprived areas of the UK, only 55% of people believe that their community pulls together in times of need. This compares to 78% of those living in affluent areas.           

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DB Autobahn wins best FX Platform award

T&T would like to convey our congratulations to the Deutsche Bank Foreign Exchange team for winning ‘Best single Dealer in FX Platform’ category at the Financial News 10th annual Awards for Excellence in Trading & Technology.
A well deserved award for a team that has worked tirelessly over the past three years, to bring together a platform that delivers the best execution and trading experience to the market.
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