To help me prepare for a presentation I'm giving at this year's IWMW web managers conference I sent out a survey to web teams asking about the user experience (UX) research and design work they do, and how formally it was integrated into their role.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Monday, 30 June 2014
Content management specialist Gerry McGovern's latest article is a nice summary of how he sees search behaviour and how it's changed over the past few years.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
A couple of good articles that talk about the relationship between website navigation design and information architecture (IA) and highlight what makes them distinct.
A really nice article from the developers of the New York Times' in-house content management system, Scoop. How they evolved it, why and how, and where they're heading next.
Saturday, 14 June 2014
An excellent piece from Georgy Cohen for higher ed content strategy website meetcontent.com. If you're involved in regular email communications you should check your activity against her sound advice.
Friday, 13 June 2014
I love the IWMW conferences (the annual event for UK higher education web professionals). Always come away with new ideas and food for thought. Always meet good people. But I've been thinking about what I don't get from the IWMW. And it's this thought that's prompted me to speak at this year's conference being held in Newcastle in July.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
A great read for anyone involved in website management and digital communications in higher education. Can't say I agree 100% with every word, but as ever Paul Boag has produced a thought-provoking piece that should prompt you to reflect on what you're doing and why.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
I was sad to read via Twitter this week that information architect and UX'er Donna Spencer has had so much trouble with her book - A Practical Guide To Information Architecture. On the plus side, it's prompted me to share a great chapter from it and encourage you to dig deeper.
I've been thinking about social media sharing buttons recently. We're developing a new CMS for the University of Edinburgh at the moment, and this kind of functionality is on the to-do list. I'm currently wondering whether they're worth bothering with at all.
Saturday, 29 March 2014
I've recently discovered, and been listening to, a podcast series called - Insert Content Here. It's produced by a company specialising in Drupal CMS development (Lullabot) but the majority of features are tech-agnostic; instead focusing on content management strategy.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Saturday, 14 December 2013
In an excellent discussion piece for uxmatters.com, Jon Innes considers user experience and customer experience. Is it the same thing, or are there differences? The article prompted me to think again about my university's current student experience enhancement project.
Responsive design - a single design that changes to suit the size of the screen - is an increasingly adopted approach. Karen McGrane explains why this is a content issue first and foremost, and shares a few anecdotes.
Paul Boag, writing in Smashing Magazine, talks about the challenges of implementing navigation on really big sites. He considers a range of solutions, drawing on examples including university websites.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I've been using personas on website and CMS development projects for about 5 years now. It's still a fledgeling technique at the University of Edinburgh, so I thought I'd try and find out if personas were being used by other UK universities.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Ginny Reddish, author of the book on web writing - Letting Go of the Words - presented at a content strategy conference in London earlier this year. Her slides are available via her website.
We don't advocate inline links on our University website. In fact, the corporate content management system won't allow them. There's a fair bit of debate on the topic of links appearing within the flow of a paragraph but no writing I've seen seems to focus on the web editor.