Design sprinting

2nd March 2016

James and I went to Ipswich last week for work. But this wasn’t part of an ongoing project—this was a short intense one-week feasibility study.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

When loading fast means learning fast

29th February 2016

When designing for performance means killing some darlings, making hard decisions and realising that it’s not about the design, it’s about the user.

Jon Aizlewood
Jon Aizlewood

The inception of culture change

17th February 2016

Culture change. It’s a phrase that’s thrown around with reckless abandon these days. Seems like no matter where you turn everyone is looking for a culture reboot.

Andy Thornton
Andy Thornton

On web typography

15th February 2016

Typography - it’s at the heart of the web experience but with so many different options available it’s sometimes hard to know where to start when designing. Font stacking, embedding or web fonts? And what’s more important, brand or user experience? And what does this all mean for the designer who just wants to try and make type look great across as many devices as possible without losing their mind?

Ben White
Ben White

A tiny lesson: Using the Lean Coffee format for large group discussions

27th January 2016

This week we hosted the Agile SwapShop meet up at Clearleft, and had around 20 people come along to the session. With such a large group of people, and the emphasis being on discussion rather than presentations, it was important to find a method to allow everyone to get involved and provide a useful structure for the conversation. We decided to try out the Lean Coffee method.

Clare Kirkland
Clare Kirkland

Clearleft Roundtable series: ‘Going Responsive’

27th January 2016

A couple of weeks ago we held the second in a series of Roundtable events, where we invited UX leads, product owners and creative technologists from organisations like The Guardian, Auto Trader, RBS and Pearson who are at varying points of the journey of going responsive; to share experiences, troubleshoot, debate and share ideas.

Anna Carlson

Hamburger, hamburger, hamburger

19th January 2016

Andy’s been playing Devil’s Advocate again, defending the much-maligned hamburger button. Weirdly though, I think I’ve seen more blog posts, tweets, and presentations defending this supposed underdog than I’ve seen knocking it.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Testing

15th January 2016

It’s tempting to think of testing with screen-readers as being like testing with browsers. With browser testing, you’re checking to see how a particular piece of software deals with the code you’re throwing at it. A screen reader is a piece of software too, so it makes sense to approach it the same way, right?

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

In Defence of the Hamburger Menu

13th January 2016

The hamburger menu has gone from handy UI element to social pariah. In this article Andy Budd discusses why some of the criticism may be premature and ill-informed.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

20 second gut tests

21st December 2015

The 20 Second Gut Test is a workshop which can help you discover an initial visual design direction. It helps you identify general design aesthetics and is a good technique to help you get started.

Michael Allan

Hero’s Journey UX Workshop: Part II

2nd November 2015

This is second and final of the Hero’s Journey UX Workshop. This part of the workshop is about identifying opportunities to help each hero along their journey and designing value proposition that embody those opportunities.

John Ellison

How do you get rid of friction in projects?

28th October 2015

‘So, how’s your week been?’ ‘Not bad. The project is going pretty well, the client seems happy.’ ‘Sounds like it’s going well. Do I hear a but in there?’

Clare Kirkland
Clare Kirkland