So, kicking off Research Operations when no such thing exists within your (large) company — 500+ employees. Good question. I was in the same position a year ago and this is what I did to try and get it started. Spoiler alert, it worked! We managed to get exec buy-in…


This weekend I tested out designing and building an App in record-time using Sketch, Marvel, Atom, React-Native and Expo.io. The objective was to throw together a quick prototype from Flow to Front-end. The theme is a Sleep tracker. I started with basic Flow.

The user flow leads the user from…


Blockchain is a zany cool idea, especially for crypto-anarchists like me. I’ve been wading deeper into crypto this weekend; got myself setup with Metamask, started hunting Bounties, opened my Gitcoin tip jar, joined some slack & telegram communities and became a Level 1 Crypto-Zombie.

Remember one of my recent posts…


or, How I learned to stop worrying and study piano.

For a few years. I have to say, quite a few years. Many years. I tinkered with coding. I’ve invested many moments of my life to coding. I like coding.

I used to like coding.

I liked coding when it…


I’ve had a post in mind about the disruption that text (and voice) interfaces are going to wreak upon businesses, but I hadn’t got round to writing more than my first thoughts on the text UI itself, and now someone has done it for me. http://alistapart.com/article/all-talk-and-no-buttons-the-conversational-ui

I consider this an…


Part Four in an n part series of coding job “apps”

Part Four in my ongoing “job board” coding series (others here, here and here): Coding a bot to look for jobs for you. …


Part three of my “quick job board” series, this time for React Native — and deployable on mobile devices. This follows on from “quick job board in 48 lines of code” with Meteor, and the “quick job board with meteor and React” version.

The beautiful thing about React is the…


So I’ve been studying programming AI bots. And in that warren there is also Machine Leaning/Deep Learning/Machine intelligence.

Further down the warren are the debates about intelligent robots replacing jobs. Which touches on the subjects of economy, deflation and capitalism in general.

So, you know, the A.I. …


I recently wrote a mini-tutorial “How to write a job app in 48 lines of code” — and here it is again, but using React JS: Facebook’s javascript love-child. This is slightly longer than 48 lines of code, but mainly because I also integrated a Material UI interface. I actually…


UX is focussed on user needs. And to discover user needs, we run through a “discovery” phase. But, what if people don’t know their needs? Or the needs discovered are distracted, irrelevant or not deep enough to really satisfy the designer.

A good experience designer wants to seek out deep…

Derry Birkett

Thoughts, stories and ideas from a UX Designer.

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