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Ben Holliday is an experienced design leader, writer and speaker. This is his blog (started in 2005). If you’re new to this site, Ben has published a playbook for design linking together many of his blog posts from the past 5 years. You can book him to speak at an event, get in touch or follow him on Twitter.

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Living in the future: reflections from Services Week 2020

Last week was Services Week – organised by the Government Digital Service as a series of events for UK government, but very much a celebration of work across different design and digital teams in the UK. It was noticeable how many teams and organisations were contributing to, or organising events. Continue reading…

Digital Leaders Week 2017: Citizen Experience forum

I was part of a round table forum this afternoon for Digital Leaders week: North West Salon: Citizen Experience.

I was invited as one of the keynote speakers along with Stephen Morris, Director of Programmes at UKCloud.

The event was set up as an open discussion for everyone that attended and I spoke without notes. Continue reading…

Speaking in 2017

Cross-government design meeting 18

Image – YanaYabbers

I’ve just been updating my speaking page. I’m looking forward to being part of a number of events this year.

My first talk of the year was for the cross-government design meeting 18. This is a regular event for all the designers working in UK government. Continue reading…

UXPA – The State of UX

Last Thursday (19th April) I took part in a UXPA event about the state of User Experience (UX). I was joined on a panel by others representing different areas of industry – private business (Michael Lock – Experian), public Agency (Daniel Harris – Fjord) and Startup (Anna Dahlström – byflock). Continue reading…

Speaking roundup

Last month I spoke at UX Riga in Latvia. You can watch the film of my talk online – Delivering User Experience for Government Services. The slides are here.

This talk included new material and examples from recent work with the Department for Work and Pensions. Continue reading…

The last 12 months

12 months is a long time, but a year later I’m wondering where the time has gone.

Last September I left FreeAgent – a company I really enjoyed working for. I was there 2 years, did a crazy commute and learnt a lot about researching, designing, and building great products. Continue reading…

Speaking 2013

I’m really pleased to be doing more speaking this summer and delighted to have been selected to speak at two major conferences happening in Edinburgh this year.

First off I’ll be speaking at UX Scotland 2013 towards the end of June. The line-up is still being finalised but is looking great – if I wasn’t speaking I can honestly say that I would be paying to go to this conference. Continue reading…

Refresh Edinburgh

Last week I gave my first ever design talk at Refresh Edinburgh. I’ve done some public speaking and presenting before but nothing really in the ball park of a 40 minute design talk. I was also really privileged to speak alongside a great speaker and designer in Simon Collison – so the pressure was well and truly on. Continue reading…