Cross Post: The ABC interviewed me about being a Usability Specialist

29 October, 2008

About a year ago the ABC interviewed me about being a Usability Specialist. They came and videoed me up at the usability lab I use, my home office and even speaking at a conference. It was all quite fun.

Anyway, today I accidently found a photo of myself on the ABC Science website with a link to the interview with me. You can read about my job and watch the video interview here

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Mobile people who don’t understand mobile

2 June, 2008

“But if you claim to be [a mobile] professional and haven’t at least read about the iPhone a year after its release you should be shot.”
Stilgherrian on Mobile Content World and the fact that the audience I gave my iPhone User Experience talk too, weren’t familiar with the iPhone.

I obviously agree with him and thus why I proposed the talk.
I see it as an opportunity 🙂

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Tweets from Mobile Content World

30 May, 2008

Check out a couple of the tweets from Mobile Content World yesterday.
I spoke on the iPhone user experience and it was scary to realise how many people in the audience (at a mobile conference) hadn’t seen the iPhone or the full benefits.

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The ‘Web Directions South: User Experience’ website is up

17 March, 2008

Web Directions South: User Experience is “a full day two track conference, plus an optional extra day of workshops, focussing on concepts, technologies and techniques for building great user experiences on the web.

Whatever your role – designer, developer, IA, product and project manager all the way to CIO and CTO – this will be an exciting day of informative, stimulating content to send you home even better enabled to build the web.”

There is a great speaker list:
* Andy Budd (Clearleft) – Interaction design and usability
* Robert Hoekman Jr (Miskeeto) – User experience evangelist
* Lisa Herrod – User testing
* Emily Boyd (Remember the Milk) – Ajax techniques for great user experiences
* Cameron Adams – Frontiers of Javascript (workshop)
* Donna Maurer – Getting content right
* Jackie Moyes (News Digital Media) – Turning research into products
* Steve Baty – Analysing research data
* Mathew Patterson (Campaign Monitor) – Designing for email

I will be speaking on the Mobile Web User Experience
“Historically the mobile web has been a terrible experience, but things are starting to change. Really! We are now at the point that the mobile web is becoming easier to access, both on-deck & off-deck, there’s useful & tailored services out there, and killing some time on the train home doesn’t cost more than your weekly train ticket. We’ll check out the latest and greatest in the world of mobile web and what makes them different from the others. We will also cover the important things to keep in mind for making a better mobile web customer experience.”

Early bird pricing is available until April 11!

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MoCo News on my Voice of the Consumer Panel @ MCW

16 June, 2007

As part of Mobile Content World Australia I was once again invited to run the Voice of the Consumer Panel, where I interview six consumers in front of the conference. James at MocoNews has some notes

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Microsoft Mobile & Embedded DevCon 2007

15 April, 2007

MEDC Australia – 15th May 2007
“You want to take advantage of the latest technology to enhance your business, but people don’t always behave the way you expect, especially when dealing with new technology. Expert advice and good functional design at the outset will maximise your opportunity for higher returns and improved business success. Oliver Weidlich ( is a usability design expert and international speaker and this will be a session with a difference!”

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12 March, 2007

Well after a number of months of planning, piloting, writing, analysing etc, last Tuesday Marisa and I launched the 3rd edition of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index. We had a great turn out. We changed the format for the event this year; I presented the high level findings and then there was a panel to discuss it. It worked well and the panelists provided some great perspectives on the findings. It was also great to hear that internal figures and private survey by 3 and News Ltd found very similar results in the areas that the surveys had in common.

I am also happy to announce that the full report is available for free this year and can be downloaded from the AIMIA website.
Go have a read!

I believe there is an audio recording of the event as well that will be posted at a later date.

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