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Is good design the only discipline?

In the 1990's, when I first started working in digital, or the information superhighway as it was referred to back then, things were pretty straightforward; user interactions were limited to what the website owner wanted the user to do, there was no UGC, no smartphones or tablets, no social media and CMS' were hugely expensive closed source monsters that few used. I wouldn't say it was boring, because it was truly exciting to be there for the birth of an industry, but it was frustrating.

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Technology, cowboys & quality control

As a self confessed, card carrying geek, I expect that my love of technology will endure for the rest of my lifetime, but I do hope that some day very soon the area of technology that I work in - the weird and wonderful information superhighway - can find a way to rid itself of the cowboys working within it.

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Tech For Good: Where passion & innovation meets impact & profit

Navigating the UK social investment marketplace has been simultaneously exhilarating and infuriating; the belief that building and maintaining social capital through a profitable and scaleable business model is one that I have long held and it is encouraging that UK investors are making the right noises.

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My love affair with Siri: is the honeymoon over?

Ever since I purchased my iPhone 4S a few weeks ago, I have been evaluating my use of Siri: in doing so I have come to a few realisations about how I use technology in general. The one theme that prevails is that nothing is infallible. No technology is perfect and, as an end user, I find that I am forever making adjustments and adaptations, and that isn't such a bad thing.

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Blind Memory: Simon Says everyone play!

A few months ago, I got an email from Ciro Alves Anunciação Oliveira, a Brazilian iPhone App developer, asking for my feedback on a game he had created for blind people. As I am now cultivating a healthy amount of skepticism, it took a few emails for me to be sure I was not being sold swampland in Florida. Far from it. Ciro possesses quite a delightful sense of wonderment: he had no experience of people with visual impairments until he saw a group of blind folk, all holding popcorn. He made a comment to the friend he was with about how unusual it was that they all had popcorn. His friend just laughed, as it was clear to him that they had just been to a movie.

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Is Apple accessibility the best kept secret?

There is no question that Apple products are an integral part of my daily life and I shudder to think what I would do without them. But, and it's a big but, I am downright furious with Apple Inc. Why? Because, despite being lobbied a gazillion times by as many people, they fail to recognise or understand the importance of engaging with disabled people.

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Inclusive design is for everyone with disabled folk firmly in the mix

I feel incredibly privileged that I am in the position to get my message of peace, love and inclusivity out there and writing this blog has afforded me the opportunity to do so, not just here on the Action website and not just amongst visually impaired folk, but out in the big bad world, which is becoming increasingly evident that I may be able to actually make an even bigger difference.

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