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How to get the best ROI from your investment in UX

Briefing someone on a potential new UX project can be a difficult task. You’ve decided what is needed, budget accordingly and hire an agency or individual to do the job. However, sometimes you find at the end that you don’t necessarily get the results you were hoping for.

14th April 2014
User Experience

In defence of buckets

Scouring through UX blogs on the topic of menus, IA, or navigation you will find the theme of buckets.

A ‘bucket’ is defined as a menu item into which almost anything could fit – they are typically labelled with vague words like ‘Miscellaneous’, ‘Information’, ‘Other’ or ‘Stuff’. These have effectively been crucified as “the ONE thing you must never do”. So at the risk of being virtually crucified, I am here to defend them.

5th August 2013
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Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics

Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design.

21st January 2013
Web Accessibility

Accessibility – Where are we now Mr Bowie?

Dear David Bowie,

You may be one of my music Heroes, but your new website isn’t so much Rock n Roll Suicide as inclusive design murder. If The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, your website is leading the way.

16th January 2013
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Start with meaning

A summary of the key concepts and ideas from the 5 articles in the meaning series. We human beings are hungry for meaning in all aspects of our lives. The meaning-first manifesto is a philosophy for researching and designing meaningful interaction.

16th November 2012
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Meaning First: a manifesto for user-experience design

Meaning is what we assign to every aspect of our lives from the simplest of actions to the most complex. The design of any digital experience that feels meaningful has to accommodate our basic human need for discovery.

Meaning-first is a design approach that puts emphasis on delivering meaningful interactions.

8th November 2012
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Designing meaning: translating insight into design

Regardless of the proposed technology the ultimate goal is to make any design and the experience as meaningful as possible to the user. This article will focus on the actual ‘shaping’ or designing of meaningful interaction. Understanding what is actually meaningful to people in terms of their interaction and the form it should take represents the very essence of ‘designing a great experience’.

24th August 2012
User Experience

Why fidelity matters: good with users and bad with clients

Typically, when fidelity gets mentioned in a user experience (UX) context we often hear it paired with the word wireframe. Fidelity is more commonly known in its abbreviated form either as low-fi or high-fi. Yet, we feel fidelity has so much more to offer. We can use it as a tool to design meaning.

This article will explore the idea of using fidelity to build a common understanding – a shared meaning. It builds on a presentation given in February ’12 to the Bristol Usability Group.


At Nomensa we deliver user experience design solutions. Our blog, Humanising Technology is where we discuss our thoughts, ideas and solutions on users experience, web accessibility and web design.