How many participants do researchers recruit? A look at 678 UX/HCI studies

While the number of participants is only one of many factors in producing a good study, I thought it would be interesting to see how many participants are typically involved in UX/HCI research. So I had a look at all the papers published at CHI2018, the largest – and arguably most prestigious – Human-Computer Interaction […]

Research on three online communities: shoplifters, self-trackers, and illegal immigrants

At this year’s edition of the largest Human-Computer Interaction conference (CHI2018) there were – as always – hundreds of fascinating articles about topics ranging from Fitts’ Law (yes, still) to augmented reality. In the category ‘interesting behaviours on the Internet’ the following three studies stood out to me: Shoplifter community on Tumblr Tumblr is used […]

User research in government

This is an attempt to articulate what makes being a user researcher in the public sector – and specifically UK central government – so interesting and rewarding. These are some of the things that make it exciting to go to work.   Duty Typically, people do not choose to use a government service; they have […]

Can academia’s ethical guidelines keep up with the pace of tech development?

What if sensors were installed in all toilets? And what if the data these sensors collect is presented publicly, on a website? To kickstart a debate on the potential implications of such technology a small team of people — including myself — created this illusion during an academic tech conference in 2014: we built a […]