Phone rings

Posted on Aug 12, 2017

I first discovered phone rings in China. Phone rings are little attachments you stick to the back or your smartphone and put your finger through it so that you have a better grip of your phone. They were everywhere in China. It got me thinking about where iPhones started and the user need for them […]

Technology so smart you now need instructions

Posted on Jul 30, 2017

I would say I’m usually pretty confident in knowing how to flush a toilet. But recent changes in toilet flush designs have got me flummoxed. So much so that places that have these toilets have started to include instructions. how do I use this? The interaction design of these new style toilets offers no affordance […]


Posted on Jul 19, 2017

In a workshop today I suffered from temporary digital impairment. why? because of the reflection on the TV screen. it might seem trivial, but not being able to clearly see the screen made it hard for me to be fully engaged with the content being displayed. I had to work so much harder to try […]

A delightful experience with expedia

Posted on May 5, 2017

Recently, I phoned expedia to enquire about changing a flight. Normally I would have waited until I was in a quiet place with my travel details written down before phoning, but on this occasion I didn’t have that luxury. I was running out of time and needed to sort it out quickly – so I […]

Chinese boris bikes

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

Unlike boris bikes in London, boris bikes in beijing don’t need docking stations. Users user an app on their phone to unlock the bikes. bikes can be found anywhere in the city. it appears that users can just leave them anywhere, and I can only assume that the app can tell any potential user where […]

Talk to us – service design 

Posted on Apr 23, 2017

Walking across a bridge in London I noticed a sign… The sign, from the Samaritans, said: “talk to us if things are getting to you”. Now I’m going to make some assumptions about its origins, but it seems to be a brilliant bit of multichannel service design. Prevention The sign and many like it around […]

When cash is no longer trusted

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Mobile payment in China is prevalent. In fact, it is so prevalent that cash is longer trusted (in some places). This sign, found in a shop window, tells its patrons that they need to provide proof; presumably identification documents; when paying by cash. Paying with WeChat – the Chinese version of whatsapp, AliPay and Unionpay […]

Pay it forward – a smokers moment of delight whilst travelling

Posted on Apr 17, 2017

Airports can be frustrating places for smokers.  Throw away your lighter? keep it on you and hope they don’t confiscate it? hunt around for a smoking room or not? wonder if the airport has a smoking room? try to find the smoking room or not? etc etc airports in china were particularly picky. no lighters […]

Usability of date fields in a non-latin language

Posted on Apr 17, 2017

i’m not going to lie – the thought of trying to find my way around chinese websites was daunting, especially on a mobile. For the most part, the websites I interacted with had english translations, or some level or chinglish.  my fears were mainly unfounded.  but i did come across on example that i found […]

When people have no choice they’ll struggle through but this doesn’t meant you should treat people like the they are computers – an online checkin experience. 

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

Recently, I was trying to check in for a flight. it was a long distance flight so I felt it important to check-in and choose my seat as soon as it was available. I logged onto the website precisely 23.5 hours before the flight – 30 minutes after check-in opened. Treating people like computers In […]