Slides for Design better mobile forms

Successful form design has powered the emergence of web giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. But forms have also become integral to how users expect to interact with government, finance and healthcare services.

At the same time, the rise of the mobile web, touch screens and the recognition of the importance of accessibility have radically altered what it takes to make forms easy to use. What you will learn in this workshop is a set of patterns and approaches for both copywriting and interaction design that will enable you to create accessible, understandable and mobile friendly forms.

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Hermeneutics for designers

When we think about our work as designers, we imagine ourselves with our head in the future, surrounded by the latest ideas of how things will be: the natural user interface, the internet of things and self-driving cars. Within this world it’s easy to forget that the future is made entirely out of ideas of the past. Everything we can imagine comes from this past and has been shaped by thousands of years of human history.

The past is often dismissed as a collection of outdated technologies and failed business models, and we derive great pleasure from reminiscing on how far we’ve come. This, however, only works if we look at the past through the limited frame of technological and economical progress. If we expand our vision and add society and culture to our view, we can see the past as a rich landscape of ideas, artefacts and people, all telling us something about what it means to be human.

How might we expand our vision and learn from the past?

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The futures of the city

Why do we talk about the future in the singular, when at any moment in time there are many futures to consider?

At the London IxDA April meet-up I shared some of the things I learned at the Urban IxD summer school, a workshop event where we worked on various scenarios for the futures of cities.

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