Why am I here (as in you, at this blog, and reading this now)? I hope you are here because you would like an introduction… Read More »UX Camp Brighton 2018: Jobs-To-Be-Done-(R) #uxcb18
I want to take this opportunity to revisit the first goals of this Journal and also of the portfolio site and see what I have achieved. There are of course areas that I would have liked to do more with but I have kept them on my Trello board for future reference as the portfolio site particularly will live on.
Read More »Finishing touches – Eval pt 2
Part 1 of my final evaluation.
This entry outlines key decisions that I made regarding accessibility towards the end of the development period. I am writing and publishing it retroactively as it as represents a very large amount of thinking and work, which I kept notes about as I went along.
Read More »Striving for accessibility – Eval pt 1
In my last entry I talked about the suggestions that Theo provided from his perspective as a nurse and researcher. They were very helpful, but lead to some rather major layout changes. In particular, the to do: “I will need more space in the carousel/timeline”. This led to what I nicknamed in my GitHub posts as the Weekend of Hell, I am softening this within the context of this journal entry to be the Weekend of Doom.
Read More »The weekend of doom
I knew that all of that work that I did on polls would come in handy at some point. The time arrived, as displaying data was something that seemed important from the beginning, to support the goals for the project. I wanted to support the information about ‘UK smart device ownership’ with some data.
Having spent quite a bit of time looking at polling options and trying things out, I felt sure that the the Google Charts api (n.d.) would give me the level of interactivity and customisation required.
Read More »Charty McCharterson
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams
Read More »Navigation
A bit more on this to follow on from my last entry and to provide my references.
I added a skip to content link as part of my development of the core navigation in the site. This is assist those who use screen readers of navigate via keyboard. I was prompted to do this based on my previous experience with accessibility requirements and based on advice in the Inclusive Design Patterns book (Pickering, 2016).
Read More »Skip to content
Update on the previously mentioned to-do list:
concept document Task scenariosNow at version 3 to reflect the decision to present all of the content on one long page. Business Model Canvas Generalcharacteristics for user groups – I went a bit more in-depth and produced a user characteristics list for the primary user group of health professionals – direct link to the Google doc [Tentative plan]create a UML diagram – I am not going to do this, as it is primarily a tool to communicate with developers and as I am UXer and developer here I think that it is more important for me to crack on with the development (although if I had been more self-disciplined and followed a UML I probably could have avoided the feature creep outlined below).
paperonline prototype – in the end this was a prototype version of the actual site. Delivered to Dr. Theo Fotis on the 12th of December.
Adding polling aka feature creep 16/12 – 24/12
In my last post I mentioned that I had decided to add a poll as I felt that some further interaction might be needed. I now realise that really a bit of a superfluous feature and upon reflection I have spent too much time on it.
Read More »On the importance of self-discipline
This week there was a major update for WordPress (4.7 Vaughan), so I updated this journal site and ran the requisite theme and plugin updates. Thankfully my decision to create a child theme has served me well as the updates were harmonious with my existing customisations. I don’t think that I will be adding more plugins at this point, but I will go through my posts and ensure that the header hierachy is correct for accessibility reasons. I will also go through my posts and make sure that links open in the current window instead of a new tab, as this was flagged in both my accessibility book (pickering, 2016) and in Nielsen’s Top 10 mistakes in web design article (2011). Also I will go through and review my heading levels as this was a persistant flag in the WCAG 2.0 inspections and it is easy to get it wrong <fn>e.g. h4 before h3 for some kind of aesthetic reason – I’m sure that I have done this somewhere without realising.</fn>
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