Technical debt and refactoring

Announcement
9th January 2017

I’ve been working on the upcoming relaunch of the Clearleft website, complete with a whole new brand identity!

Charlotte Jackson
Charlotte Jackson

The cobbler’s children have no shoes

Announcement
9th January 2017

There’s an old Spanish proverb that translates roughly to the saying ‘the cobbler’s children have no shoes’. Meaning that someone with a specific skill is often so busy assisting others that their own affairs go unattended. A classic and frustrating conundrum.

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

Moving Fractal forwards

Announcement
6th January 2017

Over the last year and a half Fractal has evolved from an internal prototype at Clearleft into an open source project that we (and now many others) are using to create and manage component libraries. It’s been exciting to get validation of the core ideas behind the project and great to see all the different ways that others have been pushing at the boundaries of what is currently possible with it.

Mark Perkins
Mark Perkins

To Which Are Added, Some Notes upon Using Fractal for the First Time

20th December 2016

I’ve recently had the pleasure of helping create a brand new pattern library for a client. We decided to take the opportunity to use [Fractal](http://fractal.build/), a pattern library build tool created by [Mark](http://clearleft.com/is/mark-perkins).

Danielle Huntrods
Danielle Huntrods

Freelancers Evening with Clearleft

News
19th December 2016

Are you a freelancer working in the design industry? To kick off 2017, we’re hosting a New Year get together here at Clearleft HQ in January.

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

Design principles

Advice
16th December 2016

Andrew Travers wrote about designing design principles at Co-op Digital. I’m somewhat obsessed with design principles—hence my collection—so I’m also obsessed with figuring out what makes for “good” design principles.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Accessibility in modal dialogs

Advice
15th December 2016

In addition to standard dialog ARIA-roles, focus management is crucial if you wish to build a more accessible modal dialog.

Danielle Huntrods
Danielle Huntrods

Introducing Resilient Web Design

News
13th December 2016

I wrote a thing. The thing is a book. But the book is not published on paper. This book is on the web. It’s a web book. Or “wook” if you prefer …please don’t prefer. Here it is:

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

UX London is back!

Announcement
13th December 2016

​It’s been another busy year conference-wise here at Clearleft. But that’s certainly not an excuse to rest on our laurels. No indeed. We’ve been working away behind the scenes and our 2017 events calendar is shaping up nicely - first up to announce is UX London 2017.

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

Fractal ways

Advice
4th December 2016

24 Ways is back! That’s how we web nerds know that the Christmas season is here. It kicked off this year with a most excellent bit of hardware hacking from Seb: Internet of Stranger Things.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Between the braces

Advice
24th November 2016

In a post called Side Effects in CSS that he wrote a while back, Philip Walton talks about different kinds of challenges in writing CSS:

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Less JavaScript

Advice
17th November 2016

Every front-end developer at Clearleft went to FFConf last Friday: me, Mark, Graham, Charlotte, and Danielle. We weren’t about to pass up the opportunity to attend a world-class dev conference right here in our home base of Brighton.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Resilience retires

Advice
16th November 2016

I spoke at the GOTO conference in Berlin this week. It was the final outing of a talk I’ve been giving for about a year now called Resilience.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Vision vs. Leverage

Opinion
19th October 2016

In my previous article, I wrote about some of the misconceptions with “agile” that I see in organisations. This article will focus on one of them specifically – the common (mis)understanding that agile—and more recently lean start-up methods—are seen as operational and tactical, rather than strategic. Where does the confusion comes from? In particular, I want to acknowledge the role that the person who leads the project operations plays in realising the product vision and creating a context for the team to succeed. That person could be a Scrum Master, or an Agile Project Manager, or a Delivery Manager, depending on the context.

Tea Ivanova