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  • 2019 Update

    Salmon making its way upstream. Captured in Olympic National Park by myself on Oct 1st 2018. As always, it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. I want to say I’ll be doing this more often, but historical precedent says otherwise. I’ve been slowly making updates to the rest of the website. Pruning and cleaning up my portfolio to reflect the SaaS projects I’ve been working on the last 6 years. Due to multiple factors, I’ve been unable to keep the site up-to-date with public updates. But, I’ve lots of fun stories I can tell 1-on-1. 👋 Solarwinds Cloud...

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  • Writing about a new product feature

    I was recently asked by my friends at FilePicker to give some advice on how to write an archetypal blog post for new product features. This is a common question I get asked, so I’m going to outline best practices in 2015, and then use these to scope a blog post for FilePicker. Best Practices Blog Posts A blog post is a useful way to communicate a new product and feature release. Using a blog makes it easier for the whole team to quickly post and interact with customers. It allows for quick and iterative announcements that can be synced...

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  • Goodbye TRIL.

    For the last 2 and a half years, I have been working at TRIL. Last week I handed in my notice to join a small but highly ambitious Dublin based start-up.  Leaving TRIL was a difficult decision, it was my first full-time employment out of University, and it has been an amazing opportunity to work with so many talented people.   My blog has been very quiet for two years as so much of my work has been classed as IP sensitive.  At TRIL I had the chance to work across all research strands, working with top researchers, professors and practitioners....

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  • 24hr The Web | Team A | http://www.handinhand.ie/

    For the last 24hrs I have been helping a team to build a website for CDS Helping Hands. As part of 24hr the web. . A big thanks to Stuart and Daragh for setting everything up and sorting us out with loads of sponsored food. Big shout-out to Joe Burger, IQContent, Bel & Bellucci and many more. We took this site http://www.cdshelpinghands.ie to this (all in 24hrs!) http://www.handinhand.ie/ My role was IA and UX and most of the work was done at the first half of the project, later on I helped to create images and helped upload images and...

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  • 5 top tips for Interaction Designers at a Start up weekend.

    On the weekend of the 7th to 9th, I spend two days and an evening in an old renovated wheat storehouse that is the digital hub.  The two days were part of the 54hr start up weekend, hosted by the NDRC 1. Come with your machine setup. I forget that I had previously installed Windows 7, and had not reinstalled Adobe Creative suite onto my laptop.  Lucky the location at the NDRC the internet connection was great (2mb download!), so it didn’t take long to get the latest CS5 demo onto my laptop.  I was presently surprised with the latest...

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  • 2009 Review.

    Conferences. Presented at ERIC. Presented bettie at eComm. Hosted and Organised IxDA Session at iHCI. After hours activity. Organised and ran an Arudino Workshop. Organised DEFUSE: Design for Use. IxDA Dublin event with over 200 people. Winning Team of 24hr Design Challenge. 3rd in UCD Campus Company Development Program. Skills Acquired. A better understanding of grounded theory, and learnt a lot from our ethnography partners. Expanded use of video as data gathering and communication tool. More advanced hardware and software prototyping. AS3 knowledge has expanded 500%. Even writing classes, and visuals in code. Better understanding and visualization of users usage...

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  • IxDA Dublin. One year on.

    Recently my blog has been very quite, mostly because I can’t blog about the TRIL centre and secondly because I have been very busy doing the below. This post will show the growth of the IxDA community as we prepare for our one year anniversary. I moved to Ireland one year ago to start my first graduate job as an interaction designer. I had just graduated a product design degree at Middlesex university, and was luckily to get the a job at the TRIL centre. My degree had prepared me well, but as I was the only interaction designer I...

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  • Interaction Design Books. June 2009.

    While interaction design is mostly concerned with the of defining the behavior of products and systems that a user can interact with. Which typically centers around complex technology systems such as software, mobile devices, and other electronic devices [1] . While IxD is young field there are tons of great books to help budding and established interaction designers. From Concept to Consumer. This is a cracking little book, Its short and to the point.  The book explains nearly all of the aspects of commeriazling a project and includes working out a BOM and pricing your product. The book has solid...

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  • OLED Bike Light

    An OLED is a form of LED. Unlike an LED, OLEDs come in a sheet form and can thus be made in to any shape and bent into any form.  In the comming years OLEDs will replace LCD’s and Plasma screens leading to super sexy milimeter thin screens. The one concern about the Electroluminescence is that it runs on an very high voltage, but with low current. Motorla has a cool patent going back to the 80′s and it outlines a nice voltage reguator that ups the voltage from DC to AC.  I hope to making some more prototypes soon,...

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  • Being an Interaction Designer at the TRIL Centre

    Its been almost 10 months at TRIL so I decided to post some updates here.  Unfortunately I can’t really talk about TRIL work, which may make this post a bit dry! During my time I have learnt an awful lot, and it was a running start from graduating.  TRIL is a really interesting project and I get to work with a huge range of people from Neuroscientists to Signal Processing Engineers. Most of my time in has been spent on project for the social connection strand, Building Bridges. (ii) Building Bridges to Health, Learning and Fun The aim of this program...

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