BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world. Nearly half a million children have entered a story into the competition since it’s launch by Chris Evans 7 years ago
Lead User Experience Designer working within the talented team @ mN (Full Time)
Design and build the story submission, judging and administration engine for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words short story competition allowing an individual child or a whole classroom to submit their stories. We not only needed to make it easy to submit a story but allow for judges – consisting of member of the public, to sign up and judge stories online. And to make sure this all ran smoothly it was important that the 500 Words Team could administer the whole competition through an admin app
What we did
- Analysis of user research
- Stakeholder workshops
- User story creation
- System flows
- User Flows
- System diagrams
- Content requirements
- Style guides
- Interaction design
A successful product
See the mN press release
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Lead User Experience Architect @ Code Computerlove (Full Time)
Inclusivity is as much a mindset as universal design, albeit with a broader goal. Inclusivity is the policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. This includes people with handicaps and learning disabilities, as well as diverse populations and minorities. For example, by designing for users with bad internet connectivity, we are being more inclusive of those who are unable to afford high speed internet connections.
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Universal Design, UX Booth, Editorial Team
While as user experience and design professionals we often use personas in our design process, in my experience rarely do we consider users with different abilities. UX Booth uses the term Universal Design to remind us that age and ability, both physical and mental, impact our experiences.
What is interaction cost?
“The interaction cost is the sum of efforts — mental and physical — that the users must deploy in interacting with a site in order to reach their goals”
RALUCA BUDIU, Nielsen Norman Group
I regularly refer back to an article by Nielsen Norman Group (N/N Group) on interaction cost. According to N/N Group the ideal interaction cost is zero.
With an interaction cost of zero, when a user visits a website the information they need will be right in front of them, no effort required.
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Lead User Experience Architect
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The first rule of finding out what people want: Don’t ask what people want.
― David Travis, The 7 deadly sins of user research
It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer
William of Ockham, Summa Totius Logicae, i. 12
Don’t ignore edge cases, this is where your product breaks
Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Content for Kindness, NUX4
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