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Thoughts on research, design and technology.

3 UX skills

March 1st, 2016

A design student recently asked me “What 3 skills are the top things to master in UX?”. It’s hard to limit an answer to just three, but this is how I replied… Empathy. In order to truly design something that’s going to be useful and meet the needs of a person, ...
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Melbourne Geek Night

October 15th, 2011

Last month saw us at Thirst Studios curate and host the inaugural Melbourne Geek Night. It was great fun to organise and seems to have been very well received by all who attended. During the evening we heard from four guest speakers about a variety of 'webby' subjects, including one ...
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England riots

August 23rd, 2011

There’s been plenty written on the riots that occurred during August 2011, involving looting and arson attacks in several London districts before spreading across the UK. They’ll be discussing the whys and wherefores, using phrases like ‘moral decline’ and ‘broken society’ for a long while yet, but the thing I found part...
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Improving The Age site search field usability in 5 minutes

June 3rd, 2009

Despite being someone who uses the web daily (and a regular reader of The Age) I find myself getting caught-out by the design of their site search every time. Here's how I'd tweak the design to improve it's usability in 5 minutes. The Age website search field causes me to pause ...
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Thirst Studios

June 1st, 2009

It's a little bit old news now, but I'm very pleased to announce that I recently teamed-up with "Andrew Gunstone":http://www.sassafrasconsulting.com.au/ to form "Thirst Studios":http://www.thirststudios.com/. Andrew and I decided to join forces in order to offer a more ...
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The Best Job In The World

January 14th, 2009

As usual it's been a busy few months here at BTD, having spent most of my time of late working with a fantastic team over at "Cummins Nitro":http://www.cumminsnitro.com/ on a really interesting project - "The Best Job In The World":http://www....
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My interview on spicy web designers

September 9th, 2008

I was recently approached by Luc Arnold, founder of "Spicy web designers(Spicy web designers | The hottest web designers)":http://spicywebdesigners.com/ to be interviewed for his new site. In their own words: bq. SpicyWebDesigners.com features some of the hottest web design talent around the world and ...
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Darebin libraries website

June 12th, 2008

Having experienced many online offerings from local governments and local councils in the past, as well as having worked for a few, I had pretty much resigned myself to accepting that most are going to be rubbish in terms of antiquated code using tables for layout and inline styles, bad ...
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Work update

May 22nd, 2008

I just realised it's been a really long time since I updated the "portfolio section(Work | Benjamin Tollady Design | Freelance Web Designer & Usability Consultant | Melbourne)":/work/ of this site. Not without good reason though, and it's not because I've been slacking off and enjoying the Melbourne sunshine (...
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