The latest ideas and updates

  • Take care.

    25 June 2020 by

    Design is a power – underestimated by designers and ignored or exploited by others. Our collective failure to recognise the extents of power we yield as designers has ‘hollowed out’ architectural culture.

  • Photograph used with permission by Tony Lin, Playing with Shadows.

    The architect, my sensualist.

    27 February 2020 by

    The opinions and criticism I hear around architecture’s obsession with the sublime and ineptitude of codifying it seem unnecessary through a UX lens. There can be method in madness.

  • Because these stairs are actually fu

    23 January 2020 by

    I see images of these ‘stramps’ and others like them do the rounds on social media, accompanied with loads of praising comments like ‘this is so good for wheelchair users’ and ‘this is how you do great accessible design’. The problem is: it isn’t, and it isn’t.

  • Two simple design processes

    A UX process for Architecture: Rendition 1

    15 December 2019 by

    The complexity of Architecture UX needs a simple reference point we can make a mess of and return to time and time again. As a UX designer, I’d developed a UX design process which I’m now adapting for Architecture. Read the six-phase process and get thinking about empathy and ego with me.

  • Preliminary case study thoughts

    14 November 2019 by

    Here’s a short update on the WeWork/UX case study progress. I share my preliminary thoughts on the purpose of the case study, my theories and assumptions, like how I think WeWork applied a product-business model way of thinking to office space, using architecture as a research and development tool.

  • Interpreting the abstract: UX issues in Architecture

    9 October 2019 by

    There’s a few keystone discussions about UX that need to happen in the AEC industry. These keystone discussions address, in the context of architecture and architectural practice: research; communication; business strategy; community; legislation; clients; technology; and culture.

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