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Alastair Somerville
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Touch and wearables - back to the future
I've just got my Tissot T Touch   back from battery replacement and water resistance resealing. The version I have is pretty old - certainly over 10 years. Given the current vogue for wearables and smartwatches, it's interesting just to review a few aspects...

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Designing Ephemera - making moments of temporary memorability
Being forgetful Between work on tactile maps for visitor attractions and running workshops on design for wearable technology, the problem of ephemera keeps coming up. Making stuff that is transient, only fleetingly memorable seems problematic. It runs again...

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Quick blog on Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Innovation Lab we're running that day in the Netherlands

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Accessibility is good design
It's Global Accessibility Awareness Day  (GAAD) on Thursday 21st May 2015. I'm going to be in The Hague, Netherlands that day helping present an Innovation Lab  for cultural industry professionals. It's all about how to use prototyping techniques to commisi...

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(Social) Enterprise Zones - back to the Eighties
Just a quick blog on housing and the election. I've worked or volunteered in social housing since the early 90's. First as a housing finance audit specialist, then as the manager of the research department of a very large housing association and finally as ...

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Access and Accessibility - a neither complete nor completely serious reference list of meanings
I was talking about the UX of Touch last week for SWUX (a Bristol-based UX community group) and we ended up in a discussion about Access and Accessibility. It is a painful discussion because everyone uses similar words with different meanings. All with good...

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Playing with touch and audio - prototyping with TouchBoard and Conductive Ink
I received a TouchBoard from Bare Conductive on Friday. It's a small audio board for prototyping that I backed when it was on Kickstarter. It's a nice piece of simple technology that does something useful for my work in accessibility. It can link many forms...

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Quick blog on user testing and emotion

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Fat guy on the rail - the problem of emotion in UX testing
You're at railway station when... ... a railway car brake fails and it runs away, out of control, heading towards a group of workers. Yet, you can save them by.... Case 1 ....pulling a lever and shunting the car onto a track on which one fat guy is standing...
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