Clear Thinking

Latest news and opinion from the Clearleft team

  • We need design leaders now more than ever

    Over the past 8 years I’ve seen numerous friends, colleagues and clients—along with many regular UX London attendees—move from design practitioners to design leaders. Some have taken up leadership roles at agencies or small design teams in traditional companies. Others have risen through the ranks of the tech giants to land senior positions at companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  • On the side

    My role at Clearleft is something along the lines of being a technical director. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it seems to be a way of being involved in front-end development, without necessarily writing much actual code. That’s probably for the best. My colleagues Mark, Graham, and Charlotte are far more efficient at doing that. In return, I do my best to support them and make sure that they’ve got whatever they need (in terms of resources, time, and space) to get on with their work.

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  • My talk writing process (so far)

    I’m still pretty new to public speaking and therefore talk writing, so I’m still figuring out the best techniques. I’ve only written a couple of talks so far, so I have a long way to go, but the process I’ve followed feels like a good starting point.

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  • The way we work

    We had a guest in the Clearleft studio last week. Jen Simmons was hanging out in Brighton, and she finished up the week with an exclusive workshop, just for the front-end developers here. She wanted to try out her material on CSS Grid Layout, and we were only too happy to be willing guinea pigs. It was mind-bendingly good.

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