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Janet Bewell

Janet Bewell

Akendi Alumnus

Janet’s passion is studying human behaviour and how it relates to the products, services and spaces around us. Having degrees in both psychology and industrial design, Janet is able to translate insights and observations into tangible designs that speak to the user’s goals. Whether an interactive web experience, product, space or system is under review, Janet’s experience enables her to align user feedback with business goal’s and combine these into intentional experience design. Prior to working for Akendi, Janet worked both as an academic researcher, interaction and communications designer, and industrial design researcher with a healthcare human factors team. Since joining Akendi, Janet has conducted numerous usability studies, providing detailed analysis of usability research, as well as user interviews and facilitating user sessions for exploratory research. She has also been part of a number of design projects – from using 3D CAD software to design wayfinding systems to creating high-fidelity wireframes.

What’s your sign? Designing for the experienced user.

By Janet Bewell

29.09.2015

Have you ever faced this signage dilemma?  Amazing, isn’t it?  I know which way to turn for everyone else’s room but my own.* And yet, strangely, I have actually had this happen to be more than once.  Am I missing something?  Or am I...

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Making the natural ‘natural’?

By Janet Bewell

23.07.2015

Should you test in-person or remotely? What to choose when there are so many options? If the question was simply about the quality of the test session, I would say in-person, hands down. Just think about the difference between a Skype...

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Who Is Your Market?

By Janet Bewell

04.06.2015

I was recently on a business trip to Qatar for the first time.  I had never been to Qatar, nor did I know anything about its history.  A quick ‘Trip Advisor’ search told me I needed to go to one of the many Souqs (markets) in the area...

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Eggspectation

By Janet Bewell

06.04.2015

With Easter just behind us, I thought I would stick to the “eggspectation” of a holiday themed blog.  As an experience designer, I have to think not only of the variety of potential users of a product or service but also the various...

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Dull Devices: Breaking Through Age Assumptions

By Janet Bewell

03.04.2014

Does anyone really feel their age?  I don’t mean whether or not you know what YOLO means.  (In that sense I am ok with being older, as I could never say it without a mocking voice.)  But really, what does it mean to be your age?  When...

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Creating “Certified” Experiences

By Janet Bewell

13.02.2014

Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that was incredibly painful but in the end left you with such good dinner conversation that the pain of getting to there was worth it?  That is how I felt when I watched “Certified Copy”, a...

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APP-y Holidays

By Janet Bewell

26.12.2013

Last year 1.76 billion apps were downloaded between December 25 and December 31st.  This is an increase of 65% from the week prior.[1]   One can only imagine what the numbers will be this year.  But what is everyone downloading? ...

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Data Without Context is Just Noise

By Janet Bewell

08.08.2013

We’ve all heard the latest catch phrase, “Data is the new oil!” But unlike oil, we don’t necessarily know what to do with all the data that is out there (nor are we sure we need to do something at all).  With oil, we harvest it then use...

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