How retail stores are taking steps to foster positive social impact which might not have an immediate benefit to their bottom line

Posted on Jul 29, 2019

There are many ways consumers and clothes retailers can do better for society. Fast-fashion and the detrimental impact it can have in our ecology is its own topic, but today I want to talk about a poster I saw in a changing room to bring awareness to signs of breast cancer. Poster in a changing […]

Design for inclusivity – an example from the redesign of ‘Talk to Frank’

Posted on Jun 29, 2019

I recently attended a meetup hosted by IDEO about designing for inclusivity. Amongst the talks was a case study of the “Talk to Frank” website redesign. Talk to Frank is a drugs awareness service that gives honest information. Background of talk to frank Talk to frank is a government run service that gives the public […]

Redefining banking for freelancers and the gig-economy

Posted on May 22, 2019

I recently heard about Oxygen a new challenger bank in the US. Oxygen is designed for freelancers and gig-economy workers who have a lack of predictable salary, which results in the inability to gain credit. As a freelancer, you might have weeks or months whilst working on a project without getting paid – but you […]

The future of bank branches? inspiration from South America, where some branches have co-working spaces and cafe’s

Posted on Apr 23, 2019

In Santiago, Chile, I saw a Santander bank branch which doubled up as a co-working space and cafe. I know that banks in the UK have been searching for ways to make their branch networks useful for their local community as more customers move to doing the majority of their banking online. The things branches […]

What’s the dishwasher doing? An example of design for the user experience in a physical space

Posted on Apr 11, 2019

Think of all the times you’ve accidentally opened a dishwasher partway through its cycle… unlike washing machines or other appliances where you can easily see if it’s on or not, with dishwashers it’s quite often – “pull the door and hope for the best” – especially if it’s in a built in kitchen. A colleague […]

Allergy information in restaurants

Posted on Mar 13, 2019

The problem: your restaurant needs to make its customers aware of the allergy restrictions for the food you offer. if you’ve been to a restaurant in the last few years you’ll have probably seen a hefty allergy book pulled out when someone in your party mentions they have an allergy or food intolerance. On a […]

Using facial recognition for payment instore? A video showing innovation in payment from China

Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Alipay in China has developed facial recognition technology that allows people to pay instore without the need for cards or other devices. The user simply scan their face at the kiosk and enter their mobile number. The developers say they have an accuracy rate of 99.8%. China, at the forefront of mobile and payment technology […]

Using the ubiquity of whatsapp to gather customer feedback in a physical space

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

I remember the signs on bus stands that read – “call this number to report a problem”. I, and I imagine many others, never called the number; even if something was badly wrong. A similar approach has been used to report other issues as we go about our daily lives, including reporting issues we come […]

An example where a hotel turned a bad service experience into a good one

Posted on Dec 5, 2018

I booked a last minute weekend getaway and after spending some time researching hotels – I found one that suited my budget and needs. When checking in, I was upgraded to a larger room – result! I thought. After a long day being a tourists, I retired to my hotel room around 10pm. I hadn’t […]

There has to be a backup. We can’t rely on self-service alone

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Recently, I arrived at a hotel wanting to check in and the front of house staff directed me to a self-service kiosk. The kiosk asked for my surname to begin the process. I duly entered it, but it could not find a reservation under my name. The booking had failed and now I had no […]