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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.

Don’t make me think - A bible on usability by Steve Krug

There is one book that everyone who is interested in usability should read, and that is “Don’t make me think” by Steve Krug.

How we deliver consistent wireframes across a growing design team

As a small design team, we have previously never felt the need to create a framework for our wireframing process. Instead, we have opted to create bespoke wireframes per project, allowing designers total freedom to explore the wireframing approach based specifically on the needs of an individual projects brief.

Complexity in our complex world: how designers can tame complexity

Elegance and ease of use are often down to simplicity, not just in terms of design and aesthetics, but also features and functions. If a product only has a few features it’s usually easier to understand and operate ...

The technical challenges in building a data portal

We recently designed and built a data portal which collects disaggregated data from multiple sources from 40 countries for Leonard Cheshire and The Department for International Development. This data is presented on the portal in a series of visualizations across 16 development indicators, grouped into the four themes of inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology/innovation and stigma/discrimination.

Are breadcrumbs useful when a page can be found in multiple locations?

Hansel and Gretel used breadcrumbs to find their way out of the deep dark woods. But what if they’d have teleported straight to the witch's house?

UI Prototyping - which level of fidelity should you go for?

Prototyping is an essential part of a design process, it allows us to view the big picture of a design and reiterate our ideas rapidly, finding issues and fixing them before expensive development begins.  However, upon...

Navigation drop-downs. Should they be hover or click?

Navigation drop-downs, or mega menus as they are sometimes dubbed, are becoming more and more common on the web. A drop-down menu is a navigation block which appears when a link is clicked (or hovered) - a good example of this can...

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

An introduction to Personas

As a designer mentored in user-centric design agencies I have always had an interest in user centric methodology, methodologies that now commonly come under the banner of User Experience (UX).

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