dConstruct & Boagworld competition

15th July 2009

Those lovely chaps at Boagworld are running a competition to win tickets to this year’s dConstruct.

Boagworld will be giving away two tickets each worth £115+VAT. To win a ticket you have to complete the following sentence on Twitter…

My perfect web conference would include…

Tweet your answer by the 1st August for a chance of winning. We will then pick the two most inspirational/funny/entertaining answers and contact you by email.

There are still dConstruct tickets available so please do grab yourself one before they all go.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

We’ve moved!

8th July 2009

We moved offices last week. Not far: we’re still in Brighton’s ‘trendy North Laine’. In fact we’re still in the same building with its great training facilities, art installations and indoor bike shed.

We needed a bigger place to accommodate our recent growth and when a nice big office became available on the other side of the corridor we jumped at the chance. Our new address is Studio 6, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ, UK.

Check out Natalie’s photos of the move with top notch teamwork in play, and Cennydd’s sneak preview of the new office as we start to settle in nicely.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

dConstruct Tickets on sale from 11am Monday

20th June 2009

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to set your alarms or calendar notifications as tickets for dConstruct go on sale this Monday at 11am. As always we’ve scoured the world to bring you an amazing line-up of speakers. People who educated, entertained and inspired us over the last couple of years.

We’ve got insightful speakers like Adam Greenfield, author of “Everyware”, talking about ubiquity and location, or Russell Davies from Wired Magazine talking about the rise in post digital culture. We’ve got entertaining and educational sessions like Nathan Shedroff and Chris Noessel’s excellent talk about interaction paradigms in science fiction movies. And dConstruct wouldn’t be complete without it’s share of practical sessions like Brian Fling’s talk and subsequent workshop on designing for the mobile Internet.

But it doesn’t stop there. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of workshops this year with topics like jQuery for Designers, HTML5 and CSS3 Wizardry and the sure to be popular Internet of Things Master Class.

As you know, tickets for dConstruct are always popular and tend to sell out fast. So tie a not in your hankie, clear your schedule for the morning and secure your tickets before it’s too late.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Workshops announced

10th June 2009

We’ve just published details of the workshops we’ll be running before the dConstruct conference.

  • Designing Mobile Experiences by Brian Fling
  • jQuery for Designers by Remy Sharp
  • HTML5 and CSS3 Wizardry by Richard Rutter, Jeremy Keith and Natalie Downe
  • Internet of Things Master Class by Matt Biddulph, Nick Weldin and Daniel Soltis

We’ll start selling tickets from the 22nd of June, and early bird prices are £345 + VAT per workshop. As a workshop attendee, you’ll get complimentary entrance to the dConstruct conference on the 4th of September.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

New dConstruct sponsors, Perch

10th June 2009

We’re very happy that Perch will be sponsoring this year’s dConstruct.

Perch is a really little content management system for those who want to edit content without having to set up a big CMS. Brought to you by those fantastic chaps at edgeofmyseat.com; Perch is inexpensive, quick to deploy and has a simple installation process, it does exactly what it says on the tin.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s event. If you’re interested check out the sponsorship information available.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Announcing Silverback 1.1

2nd June 2009

We’ve just launched a new version of Silverback. Here are some of the new features we’ve built into this version based on your suggestions.

Batch ExportRyan, Simon, lwaldal, David, Darvers, Ranguard and Richard all asked for the ability to export multiple sessions, which you can now do in version 1.1. You can export an entire project at once by going to File > Export Project.

Chapter Marker FeedbackRoland asked for visual feedback when adding chapter markers. We thought this was a great idea, so in the new version when you add a chapter marker, the Silverback Gorilla icon in the taskbar briefly flashes.

Language SupportWe asked you what languages you want us to support. Silverback now supports German, Spanish, and Japanese. So thanks to our excellent translators — David Rodriguez, Sebastian Gerhard, Michael Grosch, Julian Schrader, and Satoshi Kikuchi.

As well as these features, we’ve also fixed bugs you flagged up.

iMovie import incompatibilityYou wanted to import sessions into iMovie, but videos with chapter markers were incompatible with the software. So we added an iMovie compatibility option. To export an iMovie friendly video, go to Silverback > Preferences > Export, and uncheck the “Output chapter marks” option.

Bug with cancelling exportsYou told us about a problem with cancelling exports. So we fixed this.

Audio/Video lagYou also told us that the video was lagging behind the sound. So we’ve fixed this too.

As always, your feedback is really useful to us and helps make Silverback better.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

dConstruct tickets on sale soon

27th May 2009

Ticket sales for this year’s dConstruct will be open from 11am on Monday 22nd June. Tickets tend to sell out quickly so stick the date in your diary now.

We’re really excited about the line-up, we’ve got Adam Greenfield, Robin Hunicke, Russell Davies and many more all coming to Brighton to talk about “Designing for Tomorrow”. We’ll be updating the schedule, talk descriptions and workshop information soon, keep your eyes peeled for further details.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London competition winner

23rd April 2009

A little while ago we announced a competition to win a mountain of UX books, all signed just for the lucky winner.

We put all the names in a hat, shook it about a bit and picked out a name… and the winner is Theba Islam! Theba will be able to collect her prizes at the conference, and we do recommend bringing a big bag along to hold them all.

UX London is now only eight weeks away. Conference bag schwag is starting to arrive at the Clearleft offices, Sophie is hard at work planning all the details and we’re all getting very excited about the big event.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Paul’s SXSW presentation slides

25th March 2009

Paul gave an awesome presentation called “Oooh, that’s clever! (unnatural experiments in web design)” at SXSW interactive festival yesterday, to a packed auditorium. If you’re here looking for his slides, he’ll be uploading them here in a week or so they can be found at paulannett.co.uk/sxsw09. You can find many of the example sites he used at del.icio.us/paulannett/sxsw09

You can also follow Paul on Twitter.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London Sold Out

11th March 2009

UX London tickets have now sold out!

For those of you who would like to come but haven’t managed to purchase a ticket so far, we do have a waiting list running. Please fill in your name and contact details and we’ll be in touch if we have any returns.

We’re really excited about this year’s event and are busy planning all the little details which we hope will make the conference so enjoyable for all our attendees.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London ticket update

26th February 2009

We’re very happy here at Clearleft, UX London tickets have been flying off the shelves in the run up to the close of the Early Bird rate. Thank you to everyone who booked a ticket, we’re looking forward to seeing you in June. We now have a huge list of names to put into a hat for our book competition. First we need to find a big enough hat, but once we’ve done this we will announce the winner.

For those of you who didn’t manage to book your place before now, there are still a small number of tickets remaining. If you would like to come we would recommend booking soon, we’d hate you to miss out.

For those of you in or around the London area, we’re buying beers for the next UX Bookclub event. Come along and say hello!

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

Early bird tickets – only one week to go!

18th February 2009

Want to come to UX London? Course you do! If you’re quick, there’s still time to grab yourself an early bird ticket. You’ve got until 25th February (that’s next Wednesday) to register either by credit card or invoice request.

Don’t forget, all early bird registrations will be entered into our book competition. The winner gets a stack of books, all signed by the authors just for you.

So come on, register now! You know you want to.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

dConstruct holding page up

16th February 2009

Whilst we’re still busy making decisions about this year’s dConstruct, we have added a holding page with the dates for your diaries.

This will be the fifth dConstruct which makes us all feel very happy, if a little old. We really enjoy running the conference and are really chuffed that so many of you like to come along each year. As always, we’ll be working hard to bring you the best dConstruct experience. We will have two days of workshops on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September and then the conference itself on Friday 4th so add these dates to your diary now.

Keep your eyes peeled for the line up and ticket sale dates, we’ll post them here first.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

UX London book competition

9th February 2009

Register now for the chance to win a mountain of UX Books, signed just for you!

That’s right. If you register for UX London before the Early Bird ticket deadline of 25th February, we’ll enter you into a free prize draw to win a stack of books by the speakers at UX London. What’s more, all the books will be signed by the authors themselves and contain a personalised dedication just for you. So you’ll be able to show off your signed copy of Don Norman’s “Design of Everyday Things” to all your mates in the office, complete with an inscription saying that you taught him everything he knows.

Just register before the end of the early bird discount period on the 25th February and you’ll automatically be entered into the prize draw. To do this, either buy your ticket by credit card or complete the invoice form. This applies to those of you who have already registered too.

So what are you waiting for?

  • Inscriptions may vary ;-)

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

CSS Mastery Workshop

9th February 2009

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be running a CSS Mastery workshop here in Brighton on Thursday 16th April.

Andy Budd has refreshed and updated his CSS workshop so that it gleams with up-to-date shine. The workshop is aimed at intermediate developers who understand the basics of CSS and have been using it for several months but would now like to add some polish. You’ll learn how to set up the foundations, how to plan, organise and maintain your CSS and helpful hints on bugs, hacks and filters plus a whole host more.

We’ve got Early Bird tickets at £345.00 + VAT until 16th March, so hurry and bagsie your place now. After this date prices rise to £395.00 + VAT.

See the workshop page for more information and booking details.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt

New sponsor for UX London

9th February 2009

We’re pleased to announce new premier sponsor UserZoom who will be joining us at UX London this year.

UserZoom are an international user experience research firm who specialise in remote testing. They perform task orientated studies over a website, with hundreds of users participating from their home or office. Their product, the Self-Serve Edition, allows UX teams and consultants to perform their own usability projects whilst providing the perfect tool to cost-effectively quantify and measure usability and user experience. With offices in the USA and Spain, we’re really glad that UserZoom will be travelling to London to join us this June.

Don Norman has also confirmed his brand new talk, In Favour of Complexity. It’ll be a fantastic end to the first day and we’re really looking forward to hearing it.

Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt