About Ben Allen
Hi! As you’ve probably worked out by now this is a blog written by me, Ben Allen. This blog aims to be part of a conversation on the topics I care for. Namely – product management, user centered design & the web.
- British but living in Cleveland, OH
- Digital Product Manager at PNC Bank, helping make PNC’s digital products accessible
- A Chicagoan of 8.5 years and a huge fan of the city - the place, the people, the restaurants (but sadly not the winter)
- Alumni of the University of St. Andrews School of Computer Science
I am on:
- Google+ – I use Google+ as my main social network for sharing and commenting on interesting articles
- LinkedIn – I use it as a social network for business colleagues & clients
- Facebook – I connect with people who I go out with regularly or people I grew up with. I don’t connect with business folk – don’t take any offence!
- Flickr – lots of lovely pics of friends and family
Twitter @benjaminallen- I used to post work related articles or cool Chicago goings on here but fell out of love with it once Google+ came along
About this blog
Test, learn, grow – that, selfishly, is what I want to do but it’s also what I would encourage everyone in the web business to do – learn by doing. There is no better substitute, in my humble opinion. You can learn more about test, learn, grow in my first proper blog post.
I’ve been inspired by many people:
- my old boss Dave Wallace
- my university Computer Science sidekick Andrew McCarthy
- work mentors Rew Islam, Alex Sandrey, Peter Pearce
- my old Chicago partner in crime John Walsh
Setting up the blog, sorting out principles, goals etc. has largely been inspired by Avinash Kaushik. Avinash is an awesome author and blogger. Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik was quite literally the first blog I had read with great content, presented in a style that was understandable and meaningful to me. This experience changed my perception of blogs as a medium (I’m sure loads of good quality blogs were out there before Avinash but alas I lead a sheltered life).
Another shout out has to go to Jakob Nielsen. Without reading Jakob’s excellent book and his alertbox articles I would have never been interested in web usability or human computer interface design (and I’d probably be a less annoyed web snob).
This blog conveys the point of view of Ben Allen, not the view of past, present or future employers. Phew – glad we got that out there!