Ross speaks! A five minute chat with one of our developers

We’re posting a series of conversations with Optimal Workshop’s stellar team members — starting with our developers. In this five minute chat, you’ll meet Ross, Lead Developer and chief tea drinker.

22 examples of evil design

Chris Nodder’s book ‘Evil by Design’ struck a chord in the minds of both designers and laypeople by discussing how designers can tap into the seven deadly sins that hold humans in thrall. Don Norman explains in the Foreword why design should be based on evil: ‘Simple: Starting with evil means starting with real human behavior. This doesn’t mean the…

Some UX and design gloriousness from the web

Out of the heaving mass of compelling content that is the web, some blogs, sites, and apps push us towards new ways of thinking, or amuse us with their original perspective. Here’s three pieces we’ve come across lately, for your entertainment and education.

What does the term ‘Global UX’ mean to you?

The term ‘Global UX’ seems to take under its wings two main strands of thought: the design of products and services offering great user experiences that account for and embrace differences in language, culture, and location. And the connections forged and fostered between UX professionals plying their trade on radically different parts of the globe. The beauty of the UX industry, perhaps in…

User research and agile squadification at Trade Me

Hi, I’m Martin. I work as a UX researcher at Trade Me having left Optimal Experience (Optimal Workshop’s sister company) last year. For those of you who don’t know, Trade Me is New Zealand’s largest online auction site that also lists real estate to buy and rent, cars to buy, jobs listings, travel accommodation and quite a few other things besides. Over three…