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

On the side

27th June 2016

My role at Clearleft is something along the lines of being a technical director. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it seems to be a way of being involved in front-end development, without necessarily writing much actual code. That’s probably for the best. My colleagues Mark, Graham, and Charlotte are far more efficient at doing that. In return, I do my best to support them and make sure that they’ve got whatever they need (in terms of resources, time, and space) to get on with their work.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

The way we work.

2nd June 2016

We’re trying something new. We used to update you with weeknotes, which served as news from our working week, but we began to feel that they weren’t a very enlightening representation of the work we do any more. NDAs and various bits of industry red tape prevented us from really being able to show you exactly what we’re up to. So here we are. We’re inviting you to be a fly on the wall at the studio (or some other more glamourous wall-climbing creature). We want to give you a fresh look into the way we work, the things we’re learning and other general antics.

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

On Building Component Libraries

Announcement
28th April 2016

The component/pattern library has proven to be an effective, robust format for delivering documented code and design patterns to our clients. So I thought I’d share a few notes on some lessons I’ve learned from designing, building and shipping various iterations of this format over the years.

Mark Perkins
Mark Perkins