Inside the Guardian's digital product testing lab

Sam Shead
Sam Shead

Sam Shead

Sam Shead joined Techworld as a reporter in July 2013. He studied Geography with Science Communication at Royal Holloway University before completing a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. Areas that he covers for Techworld include startups, entrepreneurship, wearables, mobile and telecoms.

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The Guardian is on a mission to be the most tech-savvy news organisation in the world after announcing its "digital first" strategy in January 2011.

In order to achieve this, the newspaper is constantly thinking about how it can improve its mobile and tablet applications, which have so far been downloaded by over a million people. 

Part of the Guardian's application development process involves putting the apps in the hands of the user. This is done by releasing beta versions of the app for people to use in their daily lives. It is also done by watching and hearing how people engage with the app within a designated space at the Guardian's office in King's Cross. 

This designated space is the Guardian's UX Studio, which was opened last year. 

Techworld was invited to see the UX Studio this week as the Guardian unveiled a revamped version of its mobile and tablet apps. 

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