This week I’m pleased to present a guest post written by my colleague and researcher on the InnovateUK project Jon Chamberlain. Jon’s been doing some interesting work on analyzing Boolean strings and visualizing them using spider diagrams. Over to you Jon!

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Last month I published a post describing our research into the use of complex search strategies in the workplace, and how we were undertaking a programme of quantitative research with respondents from a number of sectors. This work is progressing nicely, and we’re now moving on to the second part of this phase. This time we’re focusing on literature review, in particular systematic (or pragmatic) evidence review. This sector is especially interesting, as it addresses some of the most complex search problems of any profession, and involves a lengthy content production process whose output relies heavily on the quality of the initial search strategy.

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A little while ago I published a post describing an InnovateUK-funded project investigating the use of complex search strategies in the workplace, and how we were undertaking some qualitative research interviewing professionals from various sectors. I’m pleased to report that this work is progressing nicely, with some good outputs so far (which we are happy to share in due course). It turns out so far that the search problems faced by ostensibly unrelated professions actually have a lot more in common than we’d anticipated, even though the strategies for solving those problems rely on seemingly parochial approaches and proprietary tools.

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This could be my shortest ever blog post, but then again, brevity is the soul of wit…

I need a visual designer to breathe life, character and identity into a new breed of search app. We have a working prototype, and now want to add a professional look & feel to our own foundations of interaction design and information architecture. The primary deliverable should be a style guide, covering typography, colours, and some elements of layout/information design.

The type of person I seek will be comfortable working on complex desktop & mobile applications, understand where interaction design ends and visual design begins, and be available for a short, remote engagement.

Lots more information available on request (contact me offline). Can you recommend anyone?

IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which comes out this week. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a great mix of feature articles, including one on our latest InnovateUK-funded project. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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Here’s a sample of some of the things we’re working on at UXLabs this year, neatly packaged into Masters level ‘internships’. I use quotes there as although it’s a convenient term used by many of my academic colleagues, these opportunities are (a) unpaid and (b) remote (i.e. hosted by your own institution). So maybe ‘co-supervised MSc projects initiated by a commercial partner’ is more accurate term… Anyway, what we offer is support, expertise, co-supervision and access to real world data/challenges. If you are interested in working with us on the challenges below, get in touch. Continue Reading »


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