Super simple estimation

Advice
5 days ago

Estimation should be easy, useful and quick for teams to do. This is a tried and tested technique we use on projects.

Clare Kirkland

Crafting a Vision that Sticks

Advice
4th September 2017

One thing we see time and again with corporate clients is the huge gulf between the leadership’s vision for the company, and what they are actually able to deliver. Fortunately this is something design, and especially design thinking, can help with.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Who’s in charge here? Leadership in non-hierarchical collaboration.

Advice
25th August 2017

Establishing leadership is effectively the same as asking the question “How are we going to make decisions and resolve any conflicts that may come up?”. Traditionally, this often means the buck stopping with one individual. But instead of thinking of one accountable person, can you benefit from putting various people ‘in charge’ of aspects of your collaboration?

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

Now, Next, Future: Multi-Modal Product Management

Advice
24th August 2017

When large organisations attempt to transform themselves, they try to do it wholesale. This often leads to significant push-back, with the more risk-averse departments slowing or derailing the process entirely. Here’s how a multi-modal approach can help.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

The usability of deliverables

Advice
22nd August 2017

Ever felt like you were churning out paperwork like one of those monkeys at typewriters in the Simpsons? Here’s why the devil sometimes is the detail, and how simple walkthroughs are a useful but often underrated communication tool.

Ben Sauer
Ben Sauer

Design Sprints Done Right

Advice
17th August 2017

Design sprints are a lot of fun and can be a great way for teams to swarm around a particular design problem - but they can also be exhausting! Here are some tips to get the most out of your next design sprint.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

The Design Sprint hammer

Advice
12th July 2017

We’re huge fans of design sprints - they can be of great value to both agency and client. That being said, as any tool gains popularity, it opens itself up to abuse. Or as the saying goes, “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” So I wanted to take a quick step back, to look at what design sprints are good for, and where they fall down.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

A simple approach to improving form design

Advice
5th July 2017

Have you ever started filling out an form online, only to abandon the process halfway through? If so you wouldn’t be alone. This post explains a simple technique for getting more people to complete your forms and provide the information you require.

Richard Rutter
Richard Rutter

All in the mind

Advice
28th June 2017

Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects more people than you’d think, including me. To try and face some of these fears head on, I recently attended a day-long workshop ran by our stand-in project manager Matthew Matheson. Here’s what I learned.

Benjamin Parry
Benjamin Parry

eLife goes live

Advice, Announcement
5th June 2017

Collaborating on a pattern library.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Open source

Advice
28th March 2017

The lows are low, but the highs are high.

Jeremy Keith
Jeremy Keith

Sound design

Advice
23rd February 2017

Recently at the Clearleft studio there has been somewhat of a push to readjust the balance between bustling working space and distraction-free productivity.

Ben White
Ben White