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18 Months without Google

Last year I wrote a blog post about my experiences giving up Google. I thought it would be useful to revisit this briefly to talk about my experience now it has been a year and a half. Mainly, not much has changed since that post. I live an (almost) Google-free ...

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3 Months into my Google Diet

A bit of a side topic for the LiSC blog but may be of interest. This is all true to my experience, however if you have any suggestions/corrections please let me know. At the end of last year I had a particularly bad user experience around Google's continuing drive to integrate ...

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Magic ethnography for craft beer

Yesterday, defroster and Conor Lineham finally went on their much anticipated visit to see the guys at Magic Rock Brewery in Huddersfield, with the intention of carrying out ethnographic research for LiSC’s Social Craft Beer project. Without going into the finer details of the project’s research objectives, one of ...

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CFP: Special issue of IJHCS on Designing for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Call for papers: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies Special issue: Designing for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Guest editors: David Coyle, Anja Thieme, Conor Linehan, Madeline Balaam, Jayne Wallace and Siân Lindley Good mental health and emotional wellbeing are fundamental to our quality of life, enabling people to experience life as meaningful, handle daily ...

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Northern User Experience Event – Social Media & Energy Use Behaviour Change

The nice folks over at the Northern User Experience (NUX) group recently invited me along to do a talk and interactive session on social media + energy behaviour change at their stylish space at the Round Foundry Media Centre in Leeds. The talk was part of the ...

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Journal Club 21.1.2011 – User-Centred Design and Sherlock Holmes

With many of our research projects employing HCI research methods, we had a light discussion on one of HCI's core concepts: user-centred design. To stimulate discussion we took a look at the interesting paper, 'Pastiche scenarios: Fiction as a resource for user centred design' by Blythe & Wright ...

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