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Wednesday 31st July 2019
Intensive care – redesigning NHS.UK

Dean Vipond from NHS Digital

How do you take one of the most trusted brands in the UK, and its 10-year-old website, and help both prepare for the future of healthcare?

I will talk about the experience of leading the redesign of the NHS website (www.nhs.uk). Over the last year-and-a-bit, I have been involved with a number of projects intended to prepare the National Health Service for delivering services in a way its users need and expect in the coming years.

About this month's speaker

Dean Vipond

Dean is Lead Designer for the NHS website. With a 20-year career in interaction and brand design, Dean is now helping establish a design culture within NHS Digital to help the organisation make better services for people.


Evening Schedule

  1. 6.15pm - 6.45pm: Grab a drink and take a seat!
  2. 6.45pm - 7.30pm: The main event (redesigning NHS.UK)
  3. 7.30pm - 8pm: Open mic: Tell us something, sell us anything, need help? Ask the room.
  4. 8pm - Close: Drinks and a good old natter in the bar!

Previous Events

May 2019:
UX and Design Research horror stories

Mila Kayukala from Bunnyfoot Ltd

Have you ever been in a research project situation when you are stuck with the only thought in your mind, “I wish I knew that before!”? In this talk, Mila shared UX and Design Research horror stories to laugh at, question and ultimately learn from. Some of the areas covered: ‘When to play a psychologist role and when a police investigator’, ‘How not to overdo with numbers, material and smiles’, ‘How to screw up with tech, place or time’. We all have those stories so bring them along and let’s have an open discussion on how to prepare for, improvise and mitigate those stressful/awkward/ “Gosh, why is it happening to me?” situations.


March 2019:
Behind the Curtain: UX Research for Voice

Charlotte Davies from The BBC

With 50% of searches expected to be done using voice in 2020, the BBC has been experimenting in the Voice space for a while. If pauses are the new pixels, what does this mean for the UX process? How do you test a conversation? Charlotte shared what she has learnt from doing research on this platform, including what methods you can use and what challenges you might face.


January 2019:

Daniel Harvey from The Dots

Social media profits come from advertising revenue. As a result, companies like Twitter and Facebook care most about monthly active users. Sadly, people spend more time on these services when they see content that angers them. But what are the alternative business models? And how can we create platforms that benefit our digital well-being?


September 2018:
Ethical Dilemmas in User Experience with Rolf Molich

Rolf Molich from DialogDesign

What would _YOU_ do if your boss asked you to design a system with one (or more) unethical features? Can you recognise unethical design requests and unethical UX techniques? This interactive talk presented a number of real-world examples of ethical dilemmas that Rolf had encountered in UX management, UX design and usability testing. Attendees were asked to indicate their opinions on various dilemmas through voting. Rolf aimed to demonstrate that ethical dilemmas often creep in unexpectedly in disguise and that they are often brushed away, simply because they are inconvenient. As HCI professionals, we must make sure that our fellow humans perceive their encounter with UX and design professionals as pleasant without sacrificing the accuracy of our results. There are guidelines produced by professional organisations about how HCI professionals should behave. This talk provided real-life examples of how to translate these guidelines into everyday behaviour.


July 2018:
Designing an Award-Winning Experience with Beano Studios

James Nation from Beano Studios

James Nation, Head of Design and UX, spoke at UX Sheffield about how he and his team created their multi-award-winning online experience. The talk covered Beano's approach to UX and design, as well as delving into how Beano.com was relaunched as a completely new digital network that provides kids with an ever-changing, eclectic stream of content that reflects their lives and interests.


May 2018:
UX Research Techniques and Learnings from a Strategic UX Project for one of the UK's Biggest Media Providers

Dr Jon Dodd from Bunnyfoot

Bunnyfoot, the UK's leading UX consultancy, recently performed a research project for a large media company in the UK. The project looked into behaviours of households for consuming digital media. Dr Jon Dodd's talk outtlined some of the techniques used (predominantly a diary study facilitated by a dedicated mobile app) and some learnings from executing this type of research.


March 2018:
Close encounters of the fourth kind

Annie McCafferty from Frankly, Green + Webb

Slides coming soon

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January 2018:

Joe Leech from Mr Joe

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October 2017:

Jamie Wales & Ian Holliday from Bunnyfoot

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July 2017:
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Jon Rhodes from Paper

Video coming soon!

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May 2017:
Further Together: Designing Culture Change

David Bailey from The BBC

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January 2017:
How not to build an app

Gerard Lennox from Quba

Slides coming soon

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November 2016:
A/S/L Why collecting user data is about more than just forms

Chad Gowler from Sky

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September 2016:
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July 2016:
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As UX practitioners our main goal is to create the best customer experience possible. This means not just designing experiences that give our users all the things they want but also all the things they need - answering their questions, alleviating their anxieties and supplying their demands. Doing that will give us very happy customers. But how do we find out what those drivers, blockers, needs and worries are? The obvious answer is to ask them. But is this all we need to do? In this light-hearted and interactive talk we’ll explore some of the reasons why simply listening to your users might be a bad idea.


May 2016:
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March 2016:
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January 2016:

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Slides coming soon!

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