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Graham Odds


Last week, designers from across the globe gathered for the annual Interaction conference. Here are some of my thoughts and takeaways from the event.

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Working with type: Sketch vs. Adobe Illustrator

In this post, I go over the similarities and differences between Sketch and Illustrator when working with type.

Graham Odds

Change, Presented Two Ways

Inspired by a recent dot chart visualisation focusing on the change of a value in different circumstances, this blog post presents the same data visualised using a slopegraph and compares and contrasts the two forms.

James Rice

Insurance: A Customer's Perspective

Insurance is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to user experience. This post will detail some thoughts on what can be done in the short term to steer their customer’s experience in the right direction.

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Sharing styling specs with developers

This post looks at the pros and cons of some of the automated handoff tools available for designers to share style specs with developers.

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Four tips for achieving successful UX workshops

Facilitating UX workshops can be challenging when ideating with non-designers who have not participated in a UX workshop and are sceptical about its value. In this post, I suggest four tips for achieving successful UX workshops and gaining the trust of the more sceptical participants.

Graham Odds

Do You Need A Conversational UI?

Despite all the excitement around chatbots, conversational UIs and conversational commerce, you need to take a step back and consider whether they could be appropriate for your services. This post weighs up the potential against the current reality and highlights aspects to consider.

Rhianna Rahim

UX Scotland 2016

Last week I attended the UX Scotland conference held at the impressive setting of Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The 3-day conference, sponsored by Scott Logic, contained a selection of interesting case studies, workshops, hackathons and other social events. Graham Odds, Head of UX Design at Scott Logic presented two...

Graham Odds

The Catch 22 of Conversational UIs

This blog post highlights an awkward problem in one of the key building blocks of an automated conversational UI and suggests a few strategies for how to deal with it.

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Body as Interface

Body as interface is plausible either when the body is in a controlled environment or when the device becomes part of the body. Exploring this notion allows us to stop designing interfaces and start designing experiences.

Rui Marcalo

An experiment with Animation and UI

We have recently been working on concept designs for a banking app aimed at the new generation of bank users. The main screen of one of such concepts hinges on a seamless transition between different views to communicate the relationship in the underlying data. While we often work with smaller,...

Graham Odds

Make Banking Talk

Conversational Commerce drastically re-imagines the way services are delivered to customers by moving interactions with them into chat, messaging or other natural language interfaces such as voice. The following video captures some of our initial thoughts on how this might apply to financial services.

Tamara Chehayeb Makarem

Data Visualisation and Scale: Leveraging the Macro and the Micro

The size of things is relative to the scale that we set. This might sound like a trivial notion, but it is key to creating meaningful data visualisations.

Will Loveland

Interaction 16

On the 1st of March myself and Graham Odds travelled to Helsinki, Finland to attend the 8th annual Interaction week.

Graham Odds

Recommended Reading For Designers

I am often asked for recommended reading on design by people from all sorts of different backgrounds. My answers vary wildly depending on the person asking and the angle or topic I think might be most relevant to them. However, there are certain books that come up quite often so...

Rui Marcalo

UX Scotland 2015

During the end of last week, UX Scotland 2015 took place at the Dynamic Earth, offering a selection of interesting talks, workshops and social events. The conference was filled with interesting guests sharing their personal experiences, including Scott Logic’s Graham Odds. The hot Summer Sun proved to offer the ultimate...

Will Loveland

The State Of In-Car UIs

An examination of the current state of in-car UIs, and how Apple, Google and Tesla are significantly shaking things up.

Roisin Farmer

Foyer Screen, continued.

I have spent the last 12 weeks continuing the Foyer Screen project. In this post I describe the Admin Panel which I created to allow dynamic editing of presentation content and share a little of what I've learned in my time at Scott Logic, including some useful resources for getting started with Angular JS.

Mila Kirova

Foyer Screen Slideshow - 2014 Intern Project

As an Intern in the Edinburgh office I have been involved in creating a slideshow that conveys interesting information about the company; something useful and entertaining to catch the attention of visitors in the waiting area. The project is essentially a web application built with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Back-end...

Simon Duncan

5 things hip hop teaches us about UX Design

The link between hip hop and UX design doesn't come up often, but it should.

Simon Duncan

Intro to IxD: Affordance

Well designed objects and interfaces do not require lists of instructions. Why not?

Graham Odds

The Science behind Data Visualisation

An outline of principles that will help you design more compelling data visualisations, from the respective strengths of various means for visually encoding values to the most appropriate patterns for conveying relationships.

Graham Odds

UX Scotland 2013

Last week I spoke at and attended UX Scotland 2013, a new user experience design conference organised by Software Acumen. Over the course of 2 days, 31 sessions and roughly 130 delegates ensured that Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh was filled with ideas, discussion and enthusiasm. Overall, the conference was...

Graham Odds

When adaptive design goes wrong...

Some thoughts and concerns about adaptive systems, emphasising the necessity to seriously question any assumptions they operate under so that the benefits they might bring to the user experience of a product outweigh any frustrations or negativity.

Graham Odds

Pretty pictures don't always tell the whole truth

A critical appraisal of my 'If Broad Habitats In The UK Were Clustered...' visualisation, highlighting some of its shortcomings and issues in the underlying data source that the 'pretty picture' does a good job of masking.

Graham Odds

How to undermine a good design: a case study

This article considers a recent change to the BBC Weather site as an example of how overuse of information visualisation techniques and inconsistent design decisions can undermine what is otherwise an excellent content-first experience.

Graham Odds

UX London 2012

Last week I attended the UX London 2012 conference. This was my first public foray into the world of User Experience and it proved to be both educational and thought-provoking. Having read his book, Sketching User Experiences, I had high expectations of the opening presentation from Bill Buxton (@wasbuxton) and...

Graham Odds

Infographics - info = graphics

This article presents a concern I have regarding the development of infographics and shows an example of the kind of critical thinking I believe the world of infographics is unfortunately all too often missing.

Colin Eberhardt

WinRT Transitions - Creating Fast and Fluid Metro UIs

This blog post looks at the new concept of 'transitions' that WinRT, within Windows 8, introduces. This concept makes it very easy for you to create a fluid and interactive UI without going anywhere near storyboards! I have to admit it, I am a big fan of the Metro Design...

Graham Odds

Stephen Few Data Visualisation Workshop

Last week I attended a series of information visualisation workshops run by Stephen Few. The classes were based around his three books to date: Show Me The Numbers, Information Dashboard Design and Now You See It. Here follows an overview of the material covered and my thoughts on the event....

Graham Odds

Contextual cues in user interface design

Contextual cues are frequently used in user interface design to communicate functionality and behaviour to the user, removing the need for the user to guess. For example, on the web, the underlining of text is commonly used to indicate a hyperlink. In addition to underlining, one or more of a...

Colin Eberhardt

Ineffective Data Visualisation ... and how to fix it

This blog post looks at a recently published set of charts in a UK newspaper and how they fail to help in the comprehension of the data which they visualise. I will also look at much more effective ways of displaying this same data. At Scott Logic we tend to...