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

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

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

Question and Answer

News
10th July 2017

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

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

Design systems don’t start with components

6th July 2017

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

A simple approach to improving form design

Advice
5th July 2017

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
2nd July 2017

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
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