The Design Sprint hammer

Advice, featured

We’re huge fans of design sprints - they can be of great value to both agency and client. That being said, as any tool gains popularity, it opens itself up to abuse. Or as the saying goes, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” So I wanted to take a quick step back, to look at what design sprints are good for, and where they fall down.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Making a healthcare app in an age of austerity

Opinion
2 days ago

The story of how we created a healthcare app, at no cost to the NHS, by using the power of web technologies, some design nous, a little critical thinking, and a good dose of enthusiasm.

Richard Rutter
Richard Rutter

Patterns Day videos

Announcement
one week ago

The first video is online for your enjoyment.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Question and Answer

News
one week ago

If you haven’t been a guest of ours yet, you should note that we have a fantastic office with a large communal courtyard. We invited the talented graffiti artists Gary Stranger and Pref ID over to add some colour into our home.

Hana Stevenson
Hana Stevenson

Design systems don’t start with components

2 weeks ago

I’m all for design systems. They reduce time, save on costs and promote modular, systems-based thinking. But I’ve noticed a growing bias towards design systems focusing on the components first. This suggests they’re designed components-first. They’re not. Nor should they be.

Jon Aizlewood
Jon Aizlewood

Introducing Clearleft Presents

Announcement, featured

I’m excited to share details of a brand new series of workshops launching this summer - Clearleft Presents.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

A simple approach to improving form design

Advice
2 weeks ago

Have you ever started filling out an form online, only to abandon the process halfway through? If so you wouldn’t be alone. This post explains a simple technique for getting more people to complete your forms and provide the information you require.

Richard Rutter
Richard Rutter

Patterns Day

Podcast, News
2 weeks ago

What a day! What a lovely Patterns Day!

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

All in the mind

Advice
28th June 2017

Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects more people than you’d think, including me. To try and face some of these fears head on, I recently attended a day-long workshop ran by our stand-in project manager Matthew Matheson. Here’s what I learned.

Benjamin Parry

UX London: building blocks

Opinion
16th June 2017

The UX London team were excited to work on a brand new design challenge this year - that of the stage set.

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

UX London: volunteers' view

Opinion
12th June 2017

We couldn’t run UX London without our fantastic volunteers. Here, two of this year’s crew write about their experience with us…

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

eLife goes live

Advice, Announcement
5th June 2017

Collaborating on a pattern library.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Updating our identity: Part 1 - Why change?

Opinion, featured

We’ve been around for over 12 years and have a strong reputation built on our work and our contribution to the industry. Our logo is recognised by both our peers and clients alike, so why would we decide to mess with it?

James Bates
James Bates

Getting stuck in - words from UX Intern Seb

Opinion
5th June 2017

A couple of weeks ago we welcomed a new UX Intern into the fold at Clearleft HQ - the brilliant Sebastien Chung. Needless to say, Seb has jumped in head first with energy and enthusiasm…

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

The cost of change

Opinion
12th May 2017

I’m sure anyone who has ever had to call a tradesman into their home may well recognise that pre-quote sinking feeling - often accompanied with a lengthy inhalation and pained ’sympathetic’ expression.

Ben White
Ben White