UX Bristol 2013

UX Bristol 2013Super User Studio is proud to be an official sponsor of UX Bristol 2013. This year’s conference is being held at the M Shed museum on Friday 19th July and the line-up of speakers is impressive including: Patrick Jordan (Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine), Mathias Willerup (UX Designer at Volvo Cars), and Sonia Jefferson (Founder at Valuable Content).

Organised by Bristol Usability Group, the day involves a mixture of talks and workshops including; ‘How to Think Like a Content Strategist’, ‘Positive Psychology and UX: Enhancing Wellbeing’ and ‘Neuroaesthetics: Science Embraces Art’. Those looking to just snack on the event will enjoy the five minute ‘Lighting’ talks by a host professionals from the industry.

For the full line-up and schedule visit: 2013.uxbristol.org.uk

Hope you see you there!

Film4.com shortlisted for Broadcast Digital Award

BrdcstDigi13-finalist-logoFollowing a record number of entries into this year’s Broadcast Digital Awards, Film4.com has been shortlisted in the Best Website for a Channel category. Super User Studio continues to work with Channel4 on the realisation of a new cross-platform proposition for Film4, the website for which was launched earlier this year.

Super User Studio is proud to have delivered user experience strategy, research, testing and our full range of design services including information, interaction and GUI design for this exciting project.

If you’d like to find out more about how we work and the services we offer, please contact us on: +44 (0)845 2260 434.

UX London 2013 Kicks Off Today

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The first day of this premier UX event kicked off today focusing on talks and workshops targeted at product designers. The event continues tomorrow with a behavioural design theme and completes its inspirational programme with a strategic design day on Friday.

This is an event that we’re proud to be an official sponsor of for the third year in a row. This year we’ve decided to contribute further by bringing attendees sweet treats. Just the thing to keep you going in those fast-paced workshops in the afternoon.

Unfortunately, the event has now sold out, but you can apply to join a waiting list. Alternatively, visit the website after the event to see highlights.

UX London 2013 runs from Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th April.

Image courtesy of: http://2013.uxlondon.com/

We’re Sponsoring UX London 2012!

We’re very happy to announce that Super User Studio is an official sponsor of UX London 2012.

This three day, UX fest combines inspirational talks and practical workshops. Whether you’re already a practitioner, a business looking to expand its knowledge of UX practices or simply a UX enthusiast, you’ll have the chance to engage with some of the world’s leading user experience professionals.

This year’s speakers include Jared Spool, Bill Buxton, Leah Buley, Luke Wroblewski, Kristina Halvorson and many more.

UX London 2012 runs from 18th – 20th April.

We’re in Econsultancy’s ‘UX Buyer’s Guide 2011’

It isn’t easy choosing a UX design agency to partner with. It’s a rapidly growing sector and one which is becoming increasingly fragmented. Econsultancy’s ‘User Experience Buyer’s Guide 2011’ supports those looking for a suitable supplier by reporting on market trends and best practice. It also features tips for buyers including advice on how to find the ‘right fit’ in a UXD consultancy and how to get optimum results for an affordable price.

Super User Studio is very proud to be featured in this year’s ‘User Experience Buyer’s Guide’.

If you’d like to find out more about us and the services we offer, please contact us on: +44 (0)845 2260 434.

Super User Studio Sponsors UX London

We’re very happy to announce that Super User Studio is an official sponsor of UX London.

This three day, UX fest combines inspirational talks and practical workshops. Whether you’re already a practitioner, a business looking to expand its knowledge of UX practices or simply a UX enthusiast, you’ll have the chance to engage with some of the world’s leading user experience professionals.

This year’s speakers include Alan Cooper, Louis Rosenfeld, Kate Rutter, Russ Unger and Steve Baty. Look out for Super User Studio’s goodies in the complimentary guest bags too!

UX London runs from Wednesday 13th– Friday 15th April.

Top 10 User Experience (UX) Design Books

Not a project passes by without someone at Super User Studio referring to at least one of these top 10 design books. These are the books that gather no dust. We can’t live without them.

And here’s a few more books which have only recently been published, but which are fast becoming firm favourites at Super User Studio:

Finally, here’s one we’ll be snapping up as soon as it’s published:

Are there any user experience design books you can’t live without?

Super User Studio is invited to judge .Net Awards

.Net Awards 2010This year’s line-up of judges for the .Net Awards is impressive. The likes of Jeffrey Zeldman, Jon Hicks, Whitney Hess and Dan Rubin have joined the panel to help celebrate the best in international web design and development. So, you can imagine how honoured and excited we were when .Net asked Super User Studio to join the panel of judges too for this prestigious event.

Public voting has already kicked off and closes again on October 12th. After this, Super User Studio directors, Odette Colyer and Stu Collett, will help shortlist and judge the best of the best across 16 categories. Categories include Design Agency of the Year, Blog of the Year, Mobile Site of the Year and Community Site of the Year. Winners will be announced on 18th November.

.Net is the leading publication in our field and it’s such a privilege for Super User Studio to be asked. We can’t wait to cast our votes!

Register your vote now

Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles & UX Design

Makes a product useful

Super User studio recently enjoyed a trip to the Design Museum to see Dieter Rams’ very interesting ‘Less is More’ exhibition: http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions

For those of you unfamiliar with Dieter’s work, he’s the inspirational, German industrial designer who was Braun’s design visionary for nearly 30 years. Born in 1932, he became one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century and his work is widely thought to have inspired Jonathan Ive, the designer behind many an Apple Inc product.

In 2007, Rams was awarded the Lucky Strike Designer Award, the prestigious international design award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements and contribution to design. And it is Rams’ contribution or relevance to digital product design today that we find so interesting. Realising his impact on the world of design, in the 1980s Rams came up with a list of ‘Ten Principles of Good Design’. These principles reflect the functional pragmatism and minimalist aesthetic for which he has become well known, but they also have a strong connection to best digital product design practices today. Much like the focus of user experience design, these principles declare the importance of a user-centred and functional approach to design.

Dieter Rams’ ‘Ten Principles of Good Design’

  • Good design is innovative.
  • Good design makes a product useful.
  • Good design is aesthetic.
  • Good design makes a product understandable.
  • Good design is unobtrusive.
  • Good design is honest.
  • Good design is long-lasting.
  • Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
  • Good design is environmentally friendly.
  • Good design is as little design as possible.

We were struck by the affinity between these principles and the best practice user experience and user-centred design techniques we use at Super User Studio. It seems obvious, but it made us think about the rich insight we can gain from pre-existing design philosophies, regardless of the field of design. Digital product design is relatively new, but industrial design has been refined over the past century and there is much we can learn from its practices. The industrial designer’s focus on the relationship between function, form and the product’s user will become ever more relevant as digital products play an increasingly more pervasive role in our lives. Ultimately, taking inspiration from other fields of design, whether it’s industrial, architectural, print or exhibition for example, will help us to refine our approach to digital product design and better equip us for rapidly evolving technologies.

If you’d like to find out more about the exhibition or Dieter Rams’ work, then try these links:

http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions

http://designmuseum.org/design/dieter-rams

http://www.designboom.com/eng/interview/rams.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p91kb

We’re up and away…

Well it’s taken a couple of months of introspection, debate and graft, but we’ve done it. We’ve finally launched the all new Super User Studio website and this is our first blog entry. Hurrah!

The company was launched in 2008, but until now we’ve relied on a portfolio website. “It’s great to finally have a full company website,” as co-founder and director, Odette Colyer, puts it. “Now we can offer our prospective clients greater insight into what we’re about and illustrate how our services might be relevant to them.”

As for this blog, we intend to use this space to share our user experience design musings and encourage conversation about the usability of the digital products we use everyday. We have some exciting ideas planned, so there’ll no time for mopping our brows and putting our feet up. This is just the beginning for Super User Studio.