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

Design Ops — A New Discipline

Opinion
6th September 2017

Design Ops is a relatively new term, and one I only discovered six months ago. As soon as I heard it, I knew it would be of growing significance to us, our clients, and the wider design community.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Crafting a Vision that Sticks

Advice
4th September 2017

One thing we see time and again with corporate clients is the huge gulf between the leadership’s vision for the company, and what they are actually able to deliver. Fortunately this is something design, and especially design thinking, can help with.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Short term vs. Long term revenue

Opinion
30th August 2017

The rational economist would like to think that most of us would choose £100 next month over £90 today. Yet study after study has shown that humans crave instant gratification - is it any wonder that many companies prioritise quarterly revenue over longer term investments?

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Who’s in charge here? Leadership in non-hierarchical collaboration.

Advice
25th August 2017

Establishing leadership is effectively the same as asking the question “How are we going to make decisions and resolve any conflicts that may come up?”. Traditionally, this often means the buck stopping with one individual. But instead of thinking of one accountable person, can you benefit from putting various people ‘in charge’ of aspects of your collaboration?

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

Now, Next, Future: Multi-Modal Product Management

Advice
24th August 2017

When large organisations attempt to transform themselves, they try to do it wholesale. This often leads to significant push-back, with the more risk-averse departments slowing or derailing the process entirely. Here’s how a multi-modal approach can help.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

The usability of deliverables

Advice
22nd August 2017

Ever felt like you were churning out paperwork like one of those monkeys at typewriters in the Simpsons? Here’s why the devil sometimes is the detail, and how simple walkthroughs are a useful but often underrated communication tool.

Ben Sauer
Ben Sauer

Design Sprints Done Right

Advice
17th August 2017

Design sprints are a lot of fun and can be a great way for teams to swarm around a particular design problem - but they can also be exhausting! Here are some tips to get the most out of your next design sprint.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

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

Guest blogger Jake Knapp: How I got hooked on workshops

Opinion
7th August 2017

We asked Jake Knapp, bestselling author and leader of our upcoming Clearleft Presents Design Sprint workshop, to give us the lowdown on his ‘workshop work’. Who knew that workshops could be so addictive?

Jake Knapp

Local HTTPS

28th July 2017

Mirroring your development and live environment is important. With HTTPS becoming ubiquitous, now we need to mirror that, too. Here’s how.

Graham Smith
Graham Smith

Where to draw the line and how to get over it

Opinion, featured
Since the start of the year, we’ve been having daily ‘stand ups’ to check in on the progress of our new website as we work to get it out the door. This is the story of how they help get us over the line.
Rowena Price
Rowena Price

Making a healthcare app in an age of austerity

Announcement
18th July 2017

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

The Design Sprint hammer

Advice
12th July 2017

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

Patterns Day videos

Announcement
11th July 2017

The first video is online for your enjoyment.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith