Clearleft blog posts

  • The importance of putting your champions on a pedestal

    A champion is the person in your client’s organisation who can pinpoint the barriers to a great solution going live. Champions are obstacle clearers, problem insulators and praise singers. Find them and treat them with the reverence they deserve.

  • Conference diversity from an organiser’s perspective

    Clearleft we know we have a responsibility to the industry to help redress the gender balance, and that means putting together diverse line-ups at our conferences. This is much easier said than done, but difficult doesn’t mean impossible.

  • The Ampersand Story

    Why and how I put together Ampersand, the UK’s first conference dedicated specifically to web typography.

  • Fontdeck is go!

    I’m extremely proud to say that two weeks ago Fontdeck opened its doors to the type-loving public. It’s been a long time in coming – too long I’d admit – but Fontdeck is now live and I’m hugely excited about what’s to come.

  • Why designers should and shouldn’t code

    At Clearleft, our designers do not mark up their own designs. We require that they can all code well, but they never touch a line of production HTML. Why should our designers be able to code but not be required to do so?

  • Ten design tenets of Dieter Rams

    Earlier this month, Clearleft went on a company outing to the Design Museum in London. There we spent some quality time perusing the work of the influential former Braun industrial designer, Dieter Rams. These are his ten guidelines to good design.

  • UX London 2010 is go!

    Tickets for UX London 2010 are now on sale with a massive £200 early bird discount. Highlights for 2010 include Bill Moggridge, Scott McCloud, Kristina Halvorson & JJG to name a few. Last year sold out and was hugely over subscribed so get in quick!

  • The dConstruct Time Capsule

    Win a VIP ticket with the dConstruct Time Capsule, and future proof yourself with a dConstruct workshop.

  • Silverback has launched!

    Clearleft’s first desktop application is now available! Silverback is a handy piece of software to make ‘guerilla’ usability testing a breeze.

  • Win a ticket to dConstruct

    This year’s dConstruct is looking brilliant. We’ve got a stellar lineup, four great workshops and now you can win a ticket to the conference just by customising one of our special badges.

  • Deviating from process

    We at Clearleft are starting to enjoy deviating from process. Skipping steps, changing the order, adding extra steps, using different tools. This all keeps us fresh, but it also helps eliminate the production line approach it’s so easy to fall into.

  • CSS and Ajax Workshops

    Clearleft is doing a couple of public workshops at the end of January, here in Brighton. Andy Budd and Jeremy Keith will be training folk on CSS Mastery and Bulletproof Ajax respectively. Also check out Web Directions North conference.

  • Portfolio Clinic

    Just a quick a note to all budding freelancers in the Brighton area to get your work down to the Portfolio Clinic tonight, where Clearleft and a host of other local creative companies will be on hand to offer advice.

  • South by Southwest panel picker

    It’s still August and SxSW is already appearing over the horizon. You can buy tickets now, but the big news is that this year’s panel picker is now live. Also, we’ve got sage advice for getting the most out of dConstruct 2007.

  • dConstruct 2007

    I’ve just come back from holiday, and the Clearleft office is a-buzz with early preparations for this year’s dConstruct conference.

  • Talking type at SxSW

    First thing on Tuesday morning, I’ll be presenting Web Typography Sucks with the venerable Mark Boulton. Also that day is Helvetica the Movie. And on Saturday there’s the Great British Booze-up.

  • d.Construct Thursday socials

    The d.Construct conference in Brighton is approaching rapidly (don’t I just know it; so much to do, so little time) and many attendees are coming down on the Thursday. As such, attendees are looking for places and people to meet on Thursday evening.

  • Clearleft is hiring

    We need a talented producer/information architect to join our team in Brighton.

  • d.Construct schedule and podcast

    As you’ve probably heard by now, we at Clearleft are organising another d.Construct conference, set for Friday 8th September this year. We’ve just released the schedule and published a podcast.

  • Post d.Constructivism

    So d.Construct is over. It all seemed to go swimmingly well and there has been a fantastic positive response from everyone who attended.

  • A new beginning

    After months of preparation I’m immensely pleased to announce that Andy Budd, Jeremy Keith and I have joined forces to form Clearleft, which officially launched on Monday.