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Barry Briggs

Barry Briggs


Senior UX Architect at the BBC and organiser of NUX

Designing for the gap

UX as a discipline is made up of a number of micro-disciplines: information architects, interaction designers, user researchers, visual designers, etc. Seemingly new titles are invented every few weeks. During a project many of us wear multiple hats, and it can be difficult to straddle these often conflicting roles, and to bridge the gaps between them.

Added to this, we're only human and it's natural that we get drawn towards the activities we enjoy. On a good day we might be able to spot this happening and mediate our actions accordingly, but if we're not careful it can be all too easy for us to gloss over the tricksy stuff in favour of the shiny, the sexy or the seemingly simple.

However, complex systems have many nooks and crannies that are easy to miss and if we don't deal with them early on, the bits that we subconsciously gloss over will come back to haunt us.

Over the last couple of years I've developed an approach that helps ensure these tricksy areas of our systems don't fall between the cracks in our own bias.

Using an approach that combines the documenting of system flows and user journeys iteratively alongside key stakeholders, domain experts, business analysts, designers, developers, and other disciplines. I've found a way of capturing what happens between our pages, so we can design for the edge and the problem cases, and so we can design for the gaps.



Get Tickets

It’s our 5th birthday, and we’re lining up our biggest and best event yet. Over two days you’ll see some inspirational speakers, attend practical, hands-on workshops and network with peers from one of the UK’s most vibrant digital communities.

The main event in Manchester Town Hall brings you talks from world-class speakers in our industry on topics such as accessibility and inclusive design, the Internet of Things and product interface UX, optimising the user experience and CRO.

There is also an optional pre-event workshops day in Manchester Central Library on the 16th March where you can choose a seminar in the morning and one in the afternoon, focusing on action-oriented takeaways in small groups.

  • Industry-leading speakers
  • Network with 500 of your fellow designers, developers, and UXers
  • Proper, hearty networking lunch
  • Tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day
  • Access to videos of all sessions
  • Awesome after party with free welcome drink