HTML5 For Web Designers

5th May 2010

Clearleft’s technical director, Jeremy Keith, has become an author for the third time. His latest book is called HTML5 for Web Designers and it’s available for pre-order now from A Book Apart. As Jeffrey Zeldman puts it:

The HTML5 spec is 900 pages and hard to read. HTML5 for Web Designers is 85 pages and fun to read. Easy choice.

If you want to get some hands-on tuition from the author himself, consider booking the associated workshop. You and your team can spend a day with Jeremy, immersed in the most important new technology on the web today.

You can read the first chapter of HTML5 for Web Designers at A List Apart this week.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Clearleft founders named in the Wired 100

7th April 2010

We were really excited to see that Clearleft founders, Andy Budd and Richard Rutter, were listed at number 91 in the Wired 100.

With input from 120 experts in fields from architecture to advertising, and software to science, Wired compiled its first annual survey of Britiain’s top digital power brokers. As well as Andy and Rich, the list included such luminaries as Stephen Fry, James Dyson, Martha Lane Fox, as well as heads of Google, BBC and Spotify. Esteemed company indeed.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

HTML5 Workshop

3rd March 2010

We’re pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our HTML for Web Designers workshop on April 23rd. Join us and learn why we think HTML5 is the most exciting thing to happen to markup in years. Clearleft-er Jeremy Keith will distil the most relevant parts of this perhaps daunting specification in what promises to be a superb day of hands-on discovery and exploration. Discover the design principles that are informing the latest version of the web’s lingua franca. You’ll find out why HTML5 is more of an evolution than a revolution!

This workshop will help you get to grips with the new features in HTML5, from audio and video to more powerful forms and new structural elements. You’ll gain an understanding of the new semantics and get an insight into how new features should be used. Focusing on the practicalities of using HTML5 today, this will truly benefit any web designer who wants to stay up-to-date with the latest standards.

Places are limited, so register now to join this excellent and enlightening workshop. And book before March 19th to take advantage of our early bird special!

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

New UX London speaker

2nd March 2010

We just wanted to let you know about some recent speaker changes. Sadly, Bill Moggridge is now unable to join us at UX London. However, we have some great news about his replacement. We’re really excited to announce that Pixar’s Michael B Johnson will be joining us for this year’s event. Michael leads the animation studio at Pixar and has been involved in most of Pixar’s feature films and short films. Responsible for designing their storyboarding, animation and rendering tools, Michael has a unique perspective on user experience design and its similarities with the movie making process.

“Making movies is a complex, collaborative, creative activity” says Michael. “At Pixar, we don’t pretend to know exactly what we’re doing, but we do have a process – one that we constantly test, prototype and refine based on the stories we want to tell and the people who want to tell them. Technology and art go hand in hand at Pixar – each challenges and reinforces the other.” Michael will share his perspective on the Pixar film-making process; involving both creative story tellers who want things they don’t know how to make, and flexible technologists who want to empower them.

With such obvious parallels between the Pixar film-making process and the larger design process, we hope this will be one of the most inspiring and insightful talks at UX London 2010.

We do have some tickets remaining, to see Michael and all our other fantastic speakers book now.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London workshop schedule finalised

9th February 2010

Our UX London workshop schedule is now complete. We’re pleased to announce that Dan Lockton will be running Design with Intent: How to influence behaviour online. Take a look at the programme for more information.

We’ve also reorganised the workshops so that the topics are more evenly spread.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic conference, book your ticket now!

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Clearleft Wins Project to Refresh Radio 4

29th January 2010

As fans of the station, Clearleft are delighted to have won the contract to refine the Radio 4 website. Starting in February, Clearleft will be working with the BBC to help implement usability improvement across the site. We will also be looking to refresh the design of the site, while incorporating the excellent branding work done by Fallon. Can’t wait!

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London Early Bird registration – final week

25th January 2010

This is the final week of Early Bird registration for this year’s UX London. Early Bird registration closes at midnight on 31st Jan, so grab your ticket before the price rise!



Early Bird registration gives you a £200 discount on the standard price of a ticket. You can book tickets either by using a credit card or by requesting an invoice. Any invoice requests received before the 31st Jan deadline will be covered by the Early Bird discount.



If you’re a member of the UPA or IA Institute you can receive a further discount of 10%, to book as a member you’ll need to quote UPADiscount in the discount box along with your UPA/IA Institute membership number or by quoting your UPA number when you request an invoice.



If you’re still unsure, check out our fantastic line-up, and here’s some advice on how to convince your boss to cover the cost.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London early bird registration

18th January 2010

For those of you who haven’t yet bagged your tickets for this year’s fantastic UX London, you may want to dash over and book them now before the early bird registration finishes on 31st January.

You can either book by credit card or if you complete the request, we’ll invoice you. Any invoice requests received before the deadline will be charged at the early bird rate.

So what are you waiting for? Come along and spend three days with the biggest names in the industry; Jesse James Garrett, Bill Moggridge, Liz Danzico, Scott McCloud and many more. You know you want to.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Merry Christmas

15th January 2010

It’s cold and snowy down here in Brighton, so to celebrate the falling white stuff (and of course the various festivities at this time of year) Clearleft’s very own Natbat has made a snowy CSS3 animation surprise for all you Safari and Chrome users out there.

Drag the following link to your bookmarks bar and then click it on any website to make it snow on the interwebs.

Let it snow!

For exciting technical details on how this works read the write-up on Natalie’s site.

Natalie Downe will be running the CSS3 Wizardry workshop with Richard Rutter on 29th January 2010 in Brighton.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Spring intern

8th December 2009

We’re looking for a spring intern to come and work at Clearleft in the new year.

We regularly run internships, each being ten weeks long. We’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic and passionate about the web. If you think this is you or someone you know, drop Sophie a line with a CV and covering letter.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Lab49 sponsoring UX London

7th December 2009

We’re really happy to announce that Lab 49 will be sponsoring UX London next year. Lab 49 is is a technology consulting firm that builds advanced solutions for the financial services industry, helping clients effect positive change in their markets through technological innovation and a rich fabric of industry best practices and first-hand experience.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, details are available in the UX London sponsors section.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Clearleft named Design Agency of the Year

7th December 2009

Clearleft has cemented its reputation at the forefront of the digital design industry by being named Design Agency of the Year at the prestigious .net Awards.

Amidst tough competition from web design companies across the globe, Clearleft was shortlisted following a public vote, and awarded top spot by a panel of 50 industry judges. The ceremony for the .net Awards was held at Altitude 360 in London’s Millbank Tower last night to celebrate the very best in web design and development.

We’re incredibly proud to have won this award. It’s a fantastic honour to be recognised by both the public and our peers. The award is a testament to the dedication of our hardworking team and the opportunities given to us by some wonderful clients.

Read .net magazine’s article about us (1.2MB JPG).

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Clearleft redesign helps Razoo raise $14 million in a day

4th December 2009

Washington D.C.-based Razoo.com encourages philanthropy and raises money through online donations for thousands of nonprofits across the U.S..

In September, Clearleft began a phased project resulting in new branding and a more engaging homepage with clearer messaging for their main site and Minnesota-based sister site, GiveMN.org. Their launch was celebrated with a Give To The Max fundraising drive for the nonprofits of Minnesota, which saw $14 million raised through the new site in just 24 hours!

Feedback for the homepage redesign has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve now started work to improve the user experience of the rest of the site including the donation process, and look forward to seeing this further increase the effectiveness of the site over the coming months as this is rolled out.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London book competition winners

4th December 2009

A short while ago we launched a competition to win one of six books authored by some of next year’s UX London speakers. All you had to do was to be following either @uxlondon or @clearleft on 1st December, the day UX London tickets launched.

Well we haven’t hung about, we have the winners!

We have randomly selected followers from both @clearleft and @uxlondon and a book will be winging it’s way to them shortly. The winners are: @leeharding83, @uxabilityuk, @robjohnston, @mycatistheboss, @kjellmorten and @juliawerth. We’ll be contacting them directly to send on their books.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London site live

11th November 2009

Interested in coming to UX London 2010? Well hurrah, the new site is now up!

We’ve got a fantastic line up for next year including Bill Moggridge, Peter Morville, Jeff Patton, Leah Buley and many more. Go have a look. The conference combines a day of inspirational talks with two days of in-depth workshops and runs from 19th - 21st May 2010.

We’ll be releasing tickets from 1st December 2009, and if you grab one quickly at the Early Bird price (£895), you’ll save yourself £300.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt