Category Archives: Technology

A dark pattern is “a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying overpriced insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills” Wikipedia Most dark patterns follow the definition above, they’re there to trick you into doing something. Think Ryanair around 2011. Those £5 flights end up being £50 […]

In an increasingly remote workforce, Slack-bots have become the saviour of many a company. But, they cannot save a poor process. Remote working comes with unique challenges. You can’t just pop over to someone’s desk to ask a quick question, or catch someone for a chat at the coffee machine. We’ve become reliant on applications […]

A person’s title can say a lot about them. If they’re married, have a PhD, are a medical Doctor, or if they’re King of a country. What it can’t tell you, is their weight. That’s what TUI realised when they were caught using women’s title to work out if they’re a child or not. For […]

Twitter recently had a soft launch of a new feature. You can now post “voice tweets” (currently restricted to iOS). Not gonna lie, I don’t see the point of this feature. Nine times out of ten my phone is set to mute and I don’t even watch Instagram stories with the sound on. I do […]

When it comes to making a new product, it can be quite daunting to get started. You’re potentially looking at layout out a significant amount of money (and time) on something that you *hope* people want. It’s not helped by the fact that you know that around 50% of small businesses fail within the first […]

Like most people in IT, I use Slack at work. It’s excellent. There’s GIFS, and integrations like Google Drive, Jira, BitBucket, and Outlook (if you’re that way inclined). But like most bits of software – its got its faults. Never mind that you can’t reply to a thread with a GIF even though that would […]

With every boundary that is pushed – there will always be people saying you’ve gone too far. Smartphones are ruining conversations, facial recognition is destroying privacy, and AI is going to take over the world.

Like a mythic beast rising from a loch – many designers, developers, and product owners seem to treat accessibility as a giant, unknown entity who will drag your project down into the depths of missed deadlines and over budget crisis. Which all sounds lovely and terrifying but its not exactly what I’d call accurate. Isn’t […]

Falling under the “its 2019 and I can’t believe we’re still having to say this” category, I really can’t believe we’re still having to say this but… Accessibility isn’t optional Me – all the time. The legislation In the UK, accessibility of a website is kinda required by law. The Equality Act (2010) makes it […]