The year I discovered Sagmeister



A little more reference on the purpose, approach and execution of this tool. From the BBC Internet Blog – Refreshing BBC Sport User Personas (by Christine Charnock) – from Christof Zurn a persona poster template (licensed under CreativeCommons) – and from a link from the BBC a couple of posts from Smashing Magazine (by Shlomo Goltz) – part 1 and part 2. Additionally on these posts are a great range of further resources and reference. Lots to read!



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User Experience and Design

BBC Internet Blog has some hidden gems that ‘somehow’ through a number of clicks has landed me in the work (kind of archived?) that they did on the redevelopment of the Sports section of the BBC website back in 2012. The is a collection of those fantastic posts – with a couple of other links and references they have cited in the development process.

Live Beyond Live (by Scott Byrne-Fraser): Understanding our audience, user personae, developing a UX vision, concept exploration, IA and navigations, design language, work packages, user testing.

5f53b85631fb58115e66a41de3437e3042a78b90 37add26aa6ee7adb6f7969c95d8cf758117bcf1bStrategy, User Testing, and Implementation (by Neil Hall): Technical strategy, validating the new design.

Design Sprints (by Dan Ramsden): ‘explore a range of ideas in a relatively short space of time’. Day 1: Understand; Day 2: Diverge; Day 3: Converge; Day 4: Prototype; Day 5: Test. Initially ‘read about the approach on the Google Ventures blog – The Product Design Sprint – A five-day recipe for start-ups‘.

p022twq6 p022txc0Government Digital Services Design Principles: Reference to help in the creation and evaluation process.

(Images from the various posts.)

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BBC iWonder

Seen via the printed pages of Creative Review – the BBC’s iWonder looks like it could become the one to watch as a benchmark of online learning. The CR blog describes it as ‘is a responsive platform that combines archive footage and original content to create immersive online learning resources.’

BBC iWonder

A great article by Rachael Steven in the March issue of CR is packed with so much information I have – as an aide memoir – shamelessly quoted below…

‘….a responsive system that can be easily adapted to produce guides for any subject…text, images, audio and video can be uploaded by editorial teams in a matter of minutes using a CMS…scripts and guides have been co-authored by presenters…

Seen more as an extension to the programme it has linked the show tone with the guides ‘…in the past, the BBC’s factual content has an encylopaedic tone but the guides are from a particular person’s perspective…we thought audiences might be drawn to that’.

The work itself… ‘adhers to BBC brand guidelines and reflects the key Knowledge and Learning values such as ‘enlightened’ and ‘brilliantly curious’ it has a ‘more light hearted feel’…Each guide will be designed to reflect the content, so the look and feel will be fluid – but each guide ‘will use the same layout, icons and headers…also with ‘a choice of eight to ten colour palettes’.

Further info:

BBC’s Internet Blog written by the BBC’s online and technology teams – link for the post on their blog about iWonder

Dan Snow’s World War One

The article also references the New York Times Snow Fall creative – which from what I can gather is in essence an extended article – which has embedded films, animations, chapters – and creates a fully ‘immersive’ experience.

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