3 quick points I learned from Google’s Digital Analytics Fundamentals course

Google’s Digital Analytics Fundamentals course started gently, introducing some good overall concepts about measuring objectives, but soon ramped up the difficulty so that experienced users would probably learn something too. Here are three things I’d like to share with my team: A “bounce” is a session with only one interaction. Bounce visits are assigned a […]

What are the attributes of a shareable idea?

Ideas are powerful. But any power they have has to be realised through people applying them, either in their own thoughts, or in interaction with the world or other people. So ideas are worthless if they aren’t shared. I agree with Jesse Stommel when he says that: Having complex ideas that can can be communicated […]

Play with your music – Module 5: Air Traffic Remix

For this module in the Play With Your Music course, I’ve been remixing ‘Air traffic’ by Clara Berry and Wooldog. Here’s the original track: And here’s my remix: I started by listening through the original mix and picking out some samples I liked. Because we have access to the master mix, it’s possible to isolate […]

What train station arrival boards teach us about top tasks design

Helping your users/customers carry out their most important tasks requires you to prioritise. Helping them achieve their top tasks almost always means sacrificing the ease with which other, less important tasks, can be carried out. Most people going to a train station are interested in leaving, and aren’t there to meet someone who’s arriving. So […]

Play with your music – Module 4: Creative Audio Effects and Automation

This week in Play with your music we’ve been looking at a few basic effects that you can apply to individual tracks of audio while mixing: delay, reverb, EQ and compression. This week’s assignment was to create a version of “Air Traffic” with some effects applied. An optional task was to use this to create […]

Some user experience information streams I’ve subscribed to today

Today I’ve spent some time reviewing which RSS feeds I subscribe to. I’ve decided that I’m missing out on user experience material. So I’ve been hunting out some streams of UX inspiration and ideas. I’ve added the following feeds to my RSS subscriptions, and will be reviewing their usefulness over the next couple of months: […]

Play with Your Music – Module 3: Reverse Engineering a Multitrack Mix

The third module of “Play with your Music” is about the mixing process: taking individual tracks of recorded instruments and vocals, and arranging them together into a cohesive whole. The first part of this week’s assignment was to reproduce Clara Berry & Wooldog’s “Air traffic”, by setting the volume and pan (left-right) for each track. […]

Play with Your Music – Module 2: Learning to Listen for Musical Structure

In the second module of the “Play with your Music” open online course, we’ve been thinking about musical structure. We were encouraged to analyse the same song we’d examined in the previous module, so here’s my representation of the structure of Alcest’s Sur l’océan couleur de fer.

Play with Your Music – Module 1: Analyse your favourite tune and share it

I’m currently taking a 6-week open online course in mixing and remixing music, called Play With Your Music. The first’s week assignment is to describe the sonic landscape of a track I like. Why I’ve chosen this track: Alcest is one of my favourite bands, if not my favourite. Alcest’s music sounds graceful, elegiac and […]