UX Design and Service Design are growing ever closer

Opinion
14th October 2016

For the longest time I’ve maintained that Service Design was a specific discipline, distinct from UX Design. It’s true that they have a lot in common, like the way both fields approach problems through a user-centred lens. They also use many of the same tools, such as design games and personas. Even some of their distinctive tools, like the service delivery blueprint have similarities with our own user journey maps. But if you spent any time with a credible Service Design agency five or ten years ago, you’d easily spot the differences.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

@supports will change your life

Advice
10th October 2016

Thanks to progressive enhancement we can use lots of awesome CSS features right now, even though not everyone uses a browser which supports them.

Charlotte Jackson
Charlotte Jackson

Misconceptions about “Agile”

Opinion
23rd September 2016

I’d like to address some of the top challenges that I see people face with implementing a culture of agile philosophy in our industry. I am an Operations person. I call it Operations because of the huge amount of grief associated with the various guises of project management (project manager, program manager, ScrumMaster, Agile Coach and many more), largely due to the behaviours exhibited when this role goes wrong.

Tea Ivanova

September events

Announcement
19th September 2016

September is a busy time for events. Here in Brighton, there’s the Digital Festival, packed full of events for the whole month. Many of those events will be happening right here at our 68 Middle Street event space.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

The imitation game

Advice
5th September 2016

Jason shared some thoughts on designing progressive web apps. One of the things he’s pondering is how much you should try make your web-based offering look and feel like a native app.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Creating a tone of voice

Advice
11th August 2016

Scissors open on the table. Seven empty coffee cups. Ripped up magazines. A wall full of colourful images and wild ideas on post-it notes. It’s been a creative day. A content strategist, a UXer and a designer have been finding their way to that place where imagery collides with language and creates a special kind of chemical reaction.

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

Is the T-shape evolving?

Opinion
10th August 2016

Are designers evolving from just UX designers or just visual designers into multi-disciplinary generalists? There seems to be higher-quality design all-rounders coming back into vogue.

Jon Aizlewood
Jon Aizlewood

How We Work: The Team Meeting

Advice
9th August 2016

Andy Budd describes our company wide meeting ritual, the 3 questions we ask everybody, and why we switched from Monday mornings to Friday afternoons. If you have your own company meeting ritual—be that a stand-up meeting at the start of thew week or a stand-down meeting over drinks on a Friday—we’d love to hear form you.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

The way we workshop

Advice
8th August 2016

Sometimes, when you’ve got your sleeves rolled up and your hands deep in the innards of a project, it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I don’t just mean the context of the overall project, but the even wider context of the medium we’re working in. For us, that’s the web.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Public Speaking Workshop for The Digital Festival

Opinion
2nd August 2016

Public speaking is something most of us are faced with at some point in our careers, whether it’s running a meeting, presenting to clients, or talking at an industry event. Over the years I’ve met plenty of people who would make amazing speakers, if they could get over their nerves. To help, we’ve decided to run a half day workshop on public speaking as part of the Brighton Digital Festival.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

A workshop for codebar students: Build a portfolio or blog site

Advice
25th July 2016

On Saturday, I ran a workshop for codebar students who would like to build their own portfolio or blog website. It was my first time organising and running a workshop, so it was challenging, but I loved every minute. I also learnt a lot from it.

Charlotte Jackson
Charlotte Jackson

Fractal v1.0

22nd July 2016

A few days ago I pushed the button on the 1.0 release of Fractal​, the open-source tool we use to build and document component libraries at Clearleft.

Mark Perkins
Mark Perkins

Is UX strategy a thing?

Opinion
19th July 2016

Over the past few years, I’ve seen an increasing number of people using the term “UX strategy”. But Is UX strategy real or imaginary? Is it something you can define and differentiate from other forms of strategy, or is it just a fancy job title to aggrandise yourself, up your day rate, and sell more consultancy hours?

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Webvisions, Barcelona 2016

Opinion
12th July 2016

Last week I attended Webvisions Barcelona for the second time - I came away last year with some great inspiration, plenty of food for thought (figuratively and literally) and a few extra freckles, so my expectations this time were high.

Ben White
Ben White

We need design leaders now more than ever

News
1st July 2016

Over the past 8 years I’ve seen numerous friends, colleagues and clients—along with many regular UX London attendees—move from design practitioners to design leaders. Some have taken up leadership roles at agencies or small design teams in traditional companies. Others have risen through the ranks of the tech giants to land senior positions at companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd