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Atom Bank makes Grasp for digital design firm

Gamification. Digital-only bank Atom has acquired IT development business Grasp - a company more used to designing user interfaces for the video games industry.

Amazon Echo will soon control your house’s temperature with Nest

Alexa will be able to talk to your Nest soon!

Limiting Your Tools Makes You A Better Designer

The greatest ideas are often born out of struggle, never out of comfort.

The Product Hypothesis Kit

Everything you build - from a 6 month redesign to a single postcode lookup function - should be thought about in a focused way.

Native App vs. Mobile Web App: A Quick Comparison

I am often asked which option is better so this article is a perfect compliment to my rationale.

Talking psych to non-psychologists - part 1

An important topic because it's easy to forget you're the expert and may think in a different way entirely.

Don't design what users want

Don’t try to figure out what the user wants - figure out why they want it.

Tools that have interested us


Ready-to-print device templates for UI & UX designers.

Web Font Test

Quite a handy site for testing out some open source web fonts.

Videos we've been watching

Type - Craft

From InVisionPRO.

Principle For Mac

Principle is an animation, interaction and prototyping tool for user interface designers. Get it at

Podcasts we've been listening to

Where UI guidelines come from: An interview with Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson, author of “Designing with the Mind in Mind” talks to Gerry Gaffney about user interface design guidelines, zombie processes and more.

UX: A client perspective

Catherine D’Elia talks to Gerry Gaffney about how UX contributed to the design of a new Jury Management Service. She says that explaining UX and getting buy-in are crucial.

About the author

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris is an experienced Principal User Experience Consultant specialising in user testing, Information Architecture, HTML prototyping and web accessibility. Over the years he has worked with the likes of the Virgin Group, Land Rover, Kia, Orange and Unilever, and many other enterprise organisations.

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