Hidden Gems is about the things that I know and care about, which mostly means user experience design, my favourite tools and passing thoughts.
User Experience Design
- Designers Don’t Like UCD
Why UX designers are still facing problems we knew about in 1985.
- Solve Any Problem
How to use the KJ Method as “a technique to solve any problem”.
- We Made Mistakes
How building a website taught me valuable lessons about life and IA.
- 3D Dot Voting
A technique for reaching consensus when dot voting doesn’t work.
- Becoming A UX Designer
How I switched from web editor to UX designer in 2011.
- Open UX University
Why you don’t have to pay fees to get a UX education in London.
- The Hidden Business of UX
Why user experience designers need to consider business processes too.
- My First Design Jam
Creating a service to help visitors to London feel more like locals.
- Improve Your Web Writing
The quickest way to improve your web writing is to focus on structure.
- UX By Numbers
Web analytics can offer great insight to UX designers.
- Design Tenets (And Their Opposites)
Design principles can keep your team involved throughout the design process.
My Favourite Tools
- The Hidden Powers of SurveyMonkey
My guide to the lesser-known features of SurveyMonkey.
- My Huffduffer UX Tag Bundle
Find new podcasts about user experience and information architecture.
My favourite tool lets you paste unformatted text in any application.
- Triple Clicking
A workflow improvement that will save you hours, days or maybe even weeks.
- Concatenate Rules
If you work with text in Excel you need to know about Concatenate.
- Escaping The Vacuum
Information sources are out to crush you - and you are your only hope.
- The Alternative Vote System Explained
My simple explanation of how the Alternative Vote system works.
- Coasthopper Service Design
The Coasthopper bus proves you don’t have to be a huge corporation to do great service design.
- Why Can’t I Shop By Meal?
What improvements to online grocery shopping in the UK might look like.
- Build What Had Previously Not Been Possible
Familiar ideas wrapped up into a useful article with examples to follow up on.
- None of us knows anything
The History of Philosophy With No Gaps podcast throws amazing quotes.
- Radiolab and Other Podcasts
Try listening to these, my all time favourite podcasts.
- The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
A perfect introduction to branding for user experience designers.
- My Name Is A Geolocation
My surname, Myddelton, isn’t the same as either of my parents’ names.
Government Web Work
- Tactics For Government Websites
My top 5 tactics for running better government websites.
- Archiving the CABE Website
How I archived the CABE website after funding was cut.
- Content Challenges in the CABE Archive
Archiving the CABE website by reviewing 5,000 pages in 6 weeks.
- Technical Drawbacks in the CABE Archive
The two areas that fail - internal search and links to external sites.