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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance

We work on a lot of digital projects - many for our clients and some for ourselves. We regularly face new challenges and changes in technology that, once surmounted, pave the path to new creations, solutions, and deeper understanding. Our blog is our outlet for sharing some of that knowledge. Fuelled by curiosity, a desire to understand and – where possible – answer some of the problems we and our clients face.

The pros and cons of having a retainer contract with your digital agency (and how to avoid the cons)

Whilst it isn’t recommended that you redesign your website too frequently, work on a site doesn’t stop after launch. There’s content to keep up-to-date, landing pages and calls-to-action you may wish to add, and, now and then, a redesign of the home page or site architecture may be needed. In order to make these assessments on an ongoing basis, you’re going to need agency services every month.

Branding banks - austerity and the rise of the banking startup

In these times of post-brexit uncertainty it seems the banking industry is ripe for a little disruption. Seen as the architects of the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting state-sponsored austerity we are all living in, the reputation of banks and bankers is at rock bottom in spite of the government's best efforts to deflect blame and responsibility away from the banking sector.

Why we need to challenge our design tools & assumptions

Powerful new CSS advancements have resulted in a fundamental shift in what can be achieved efficiently. This affects everything from the ground up; from our design tools to our way of thinking.

Why NGO's, Charities and Third sector organisations need to wake up and embrace open data

'Open data' is a term thrown about in many circles, from the mainstream media to academia to government departments. But what is it all about? And what relevance does it have to NGO's, charities & third sector organisations, often hard pressed for time & resources?

The problem with design briefs

A well-written design brief is the cornerstone of any design project, and yet it can be surprisingly difficult to write one that actually helps the designer.

5 reasons why your digital agency should be in charge of your brand

Your print agency might traditionally have been your first port of call when wanting to develop your brand, but everything changes with your brand existing in the digital age.

If your UX is killing innovation, you are doing your UX wrong

I didn't see Espen Brunborg talk at this year's Reasons to conference, but my colleague Matt did - he came back to the studio and sent me a link to this screen in Brunborg’s presentation, showing two conflicting sets of values that are attributed to ‘good’ design and it immediately made me think of the accusations that seems to becoming louder in our industry: that User Experience (UX) methodology is homogenising design and the use of conventions and patterns is knocking out innovation and creativity in web design.

UXBrighton portfolio clinic follow up

UXBrighton portfolio clinic follow up

A run down of common questions that we were asked at the recent UXBrighton portfolio clinic

Raspberry Pi: what is it and why do i need one?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer which has taken the technical world by storm. Originally developed to encourage children and schools to get into programming - the cheap device has been picked up by the development...

Enhancing your website with hamburgers, simplified navigation and drop down menus

Enhancing your website with hamburgers, simplified navigation and drop down menus

Whilst the navigation on a website might be taken for granted, a well thought out use of navigation can really enhance the user’s experience and journey through your website.

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