NUX Manchester – 2 Nov 2015 – Rethinking GEL for an internet first BBC

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The next NUX Manchester event is taking place on Monday 2nd November at our new, regular home at the office of, at 35 Fountain Street, just behind Primark in Manchester City Centre.

Join us from 6:30pm for food, drinks and networking. Talks start at 7:00pm.

Rethinking GEL for an internet first BBC

with Paul Crowley
Head of UX&D for myBBC, GEL, Homepage & Content Discovery at the BBC

GEL is the Global Experience Language developed by the BBC UX&D Team.

It’s a shared experience language and framework – used across all BBC digital services. Including principles, patterns, assets, standards and guidelines, GEL ensures that the entire UX&D Team is effectively creative, and able to innovate whilst delivering a consistent and familiar user experience.

However, the ‘Internet first BBC’ recently announced by Tony Hall (the BBC’s Director General) mean that the ambition and scope of GEL needs re-visiting.

Paul’s talk will focus on why and how the GEL framework needs to evolve, if consistency and creative expression can co-exist and more mysteriously, why the ratio 83:1 has been such a motivator.’

Paul Crowley

Paul Crowley

Paul is Head of UX&D at the BBC (overseeing myBBC, GEL, Homepage & Content Discovery). He’s been working in the field of interaction design since the earliest days of the BBC’s website. Yep, that long!

Agency side, he’s worked for a wide range of clients. From BT to pre-Netflix service Home Choice. From Daft Punk to Reuters.

And client side, he’s worked for Yahoo, Lloyds Banking Group and the BBC, where he’s currently Head of UX&D and responsible for the BBC’s Homepage, its Global Experience Language and myBBC (the ambitious programme for a richer, personalised experience of the BBC).

Follow Paul: @flickertracks


Running order

6:30 – 7:00 Free pizza, beer, soft drinks & refreshments provided by our sponsors
7:00 – 8:00 Paul’s talk
8:00 – 9:30 Open discussion and networking (with more free beers)



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