How to create review apps in Heroku from Gitlab

A review app is a temporary application created to help you review in-progress code changes. You’ll use a review app because you’re working on a code branch and want to see what the changes will be like in a production-like environment, or because you’re reviewing a pull or merge request from someone else. Gitlab doesn’t […]

Camp Digital 2018

A summary of the talks I attended at Camp Digital 2018 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. AND @rxtheatre really is an extraordinary venue, it's like they landed a UFO in it and closed the dome back on top. #CampDigital pic.twitter.com/2a4riLhrG5 — Katherine Rooney (@krooneyrooney) May 2, 2018 Ending It. Emotionally, Responsibly, With Your Business […]

How to add MIDI drums to a Cubase track

A quick guide to adding MIDI drums to a track in Cubase. Works with or without an external MIDI controller. Add an Instrument track, and select HALion Sonic SE. Choose a drum kit using the dropdown in the first channel. Close this window. If you’re using a MIDI controller, make sure that it’s plugged in […]

Designs of the Year, and Print in the Digital Age

Here are my highlights from the Designs of the Year exhibition at the London Design Museum. Warka Water A 12-metre tall bamboo tower that gathers water rom the air. About 100 litres of clean drinking water per day. Inspired by lotus leaves and spider’s webs, The project is named after the Warka tree, an Ethipian […]

Sources of insight and inspiration used by GOV.UK Product Managers

A list that came out of a GOV.UK Product Manager community hour I facilitated recently. Blogs Putting people first Inside Intercom Nielsen Norman Mountain Goat software John Cutler Melissa Perri DEV Mind the Product Product Hunt (also, the Product Hunt browser extension) GoSquared Silicon Valley Product Group Pivot Product Hits Books About Face – the […]

What is Service Design?

A service is a thing to help users to achieve a goal. It’s a series of touchpoints to achieve an outcome. e.g. ‘start a business’, ‘learn to drive a car’. A service starts with a need and an idea of the outcome, but no clear idea of how this will be achieved. Service design is […]

Don’t worry about starting with a blank canvas

When starting a new project/product job, I used to worry about starting with a blank canvas. Now I’m more alert to the challenges of established systems. Earlier in my career, when starting a new project I’d wonder: Where will I begin? How will I set up the right structures, ways of thinking? In practice I’ve […]

What are the next frontiers in interaction design?

Voice assistants – such as Siri and Alexa – are becoming viable because the accuracy of speech recognition has increased significantly through machine learning. I’m concerned about the political ramifications of the technical underpinnings of voice interfaces. Voice recognition has advanced through access to lots of data, and machine learning. This means that for people […]