Matt West

A British product designer currently helping the Postmark team at Wildbit to improve their web and iOS products.

Measuring the Environmental Impact of a Tech Company

July 05, 2020

Climate change is real, it’s happening, and human activity is the driving force.Last year I helped establish an Environment Committee at Wildbit. The group is tasked with monitoring and reducing the company’s environmental impact, focussing mainly on business travel, server infrastructure, and operations. We recently published a... Read more

My Favourite Books From 2018

January 01, 2019

I succeeded in maintaining my reading habit in 2018 and ended up reading 25 books. I keep a log of all the books I’ve finished on my website, but wanted to highlight a few of my favourites from 2018. Brief Answers to the Big QuestionsStephen Hawking Professor Stephen Hawking... Read more

Thoughts on Progress

August 27, 2017

We must be prepared to disagree more often. To challenge those philosophies which do not align with our modern views. To ensure we are not guided by dogma, and consider ideas in the context of our current beliefs and experiences. To make progress we must understand the past. We must... Read more

The Relationship Between Design and Code

August 05, 2017

Helen West (a.k.a. my Mum) has run a jewellery business for my entire life. She designs and makes individual pieces and sells them through her retail store. If you were to visit her workshop you’d find a wonderful array of tools and machines, but she didn’t... Read more

The Future of Web Forms

October 31, 2016

How conversational interfaces are making data collection more human. Web forms are the evolution of their paper counterparts. A collection of labels, boxes and circles designed to constrain input and make it easier for data to be processed. After all, a forms purpose is to collect data so an operation... Read more

Forget About Fashion

September 06, 2016

As humans we're obsessed with the new. The must-have gadget that just hit the market. The latest style paraded down the fashion show catwalks. Every time Apple releases a new iPhone there are queues a mile long of people wanting to get their hands on the latest package of glass,... Read more

Grasping Opportunities

September 04, 2016

Every once in a while an opportunity arises that will push you out of your comfort zone. That has the power to challenge your understanding of the world, and to inspire you to grow in ways you never thought possible. Back in 2012 I was freelancing as a web designer... Read more

Guidelines for the Human Perception of Speed

August 26, 2016

It’s important to remember that measured performance and perceived performance do not always align. The brain is a strange organ that has a habit of distorting the reality around us. In his book High Performance Browser Networking, Ilya Grigorik sets out some guidelines for the humans’ perception of speed.... Read more