Damian Gribben

User Experience Consultant

  • Damian Gribben
  • August 15, 2017
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There is no doubting that critiques of work are useful. Working in a bubble almost never gives the best possible results, and getting eyes of other people to review work and ask questions about the proposed solution can be a great way to improve designs early in the process. That’s not to say that they are easy. Critiques can be difficult, both for the person receiving the critique of their work and for those giving the critique. It becomes a skill in and of itself.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • March 27, 2017
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When working on a project, I always try and do as little new design work as possible. At times I probably spend more time making sure that I need to design something new than it would have taken me to design it in the first place.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • March 10, 2017
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I was recently having trouble mapping a user journey. It was a single screen that formed the hub of various different processes. My issue was that I was used to mapping journeys as a way of achieving a goal. Why else would the user be taking the journey? The issue was that the user would be trying to achieve a goal, it’s just that the section that I would be working on would top and tail the process to achieve the goal.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • February 17, 2017
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This week I was asked to speak to a crowd of students at Napier university about my career. It’s not often I get asked to talk about myself, so I agreed.

As part of the talk I was asked to give some advice to students who were finishing their studies and moving into the world of work. The students I was speaking to were design students, but the points that I gave - I think - are relevant to any students starting work.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • February 13, 2017
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I share links within my team all the time. They’re usually shared on the slack channel and people can pick them up and read them through when they have a bit of free time.
Thinking that others may like to see the same, I’ve collected these into 5 links that I thought were interesting this week

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  • Damian Gribben
  • September 30, 2016
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Over the years of designing things for the web, I’ve noticed that one of the most difficult parts of my job is to do with naming things. This happens no matter what stage of the project you’re working at. From the very earliest stages - what are we going to name this use case - to the final stages of sign off - does this input label make sense?

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  • Damian Gribben
  • September 21, 2016
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Do we think that clients immediately understand what we mean when we talk about creating affinity diagrams, or performing ethnographic research? There is so much jargon in UX that it becomes difficult to understand what people are taking about, even when we’re looking at it from the inside. Even the name, UX (User eXperience) seem to try an make things more confusing than they need to be.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • September 15, 2016
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When designing interfaces, should we be caring more about consistency or context? The last thing that we want is for each screen of the interface to look completely different. Yet there are times when consistency can cause uncomfortable constraints within the system.

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  • Damian Gribben
  • September 6, 2016
  • Blog

When working on designs for software applications we try and design for the people who will be using it. In doing this, we create personas and try and design for the broad user types. In designing for this average of a user type, are we creating designs that are too broadly focused?

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