Ideas

Eureka!

Ben Still 25 Mar 2014

Defining a Digital Product

One of the things we focus on is developing Digital Products. These are websites that provide some form of utility to users - these allow people to “do” stuff

Sam Bauers 16 Jan 2014

MySQL SVN Backup- A simple solution for small databases

A common pain point when using databases like MySQL on small projects is a simple way of managing backups. Here is a solution we’ve created.

Ben Still 19 Dec 2013

The WordPress Effect

The growth of tools like Wordpress have had a massive impact on the web development market. It’s created two very distinct areas with a huge gap between.

Sam Bauers 16 Dec 2013

Cache busting Gmail’s new image caching

This week, GMail announced images are on by default. If you’re a marketer, you might have seen some posts about how exciting this is that we can now track emails again.

Ben Still 23 Oct 2013

The perils of ecommerce. Objects may appear larger and better than they actually are

Ever bought something online that wasn’t what you thought it was?

Ben Still 17 Sep 2013

Doing it on the small screen doesn’t always mean a mobile App. Actually it probably shouldn’t.

Most of our projects now have over 50% mobile traffic. So mobile strategy is becoming increasingly important

Ben Still 16 Sep 2013

Fast follower strategy DOA?

Five reasons why we think your fast follower strategy might not work out so well.

Ben Still 10 Apr 2013

Getting more efficient with our Ruby on Rails projects

"convention over configuration". How to improve team effectiveness and quality.

Ben Still 07 Apr 2013

Testing web projects

One of the things we’ve started doing quite differently over the last few years is how we test our web projects

Ben Still 19 Dec 2012

Have you noticed how fast some sites are these days?

Have you noticed that some of the sites you use have been getting super fast lately?

Ben Still 04 Oct 2012

Mobile first - 5 key constraints on mobile devices

Get ahead by going ‘mobile first’. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges we face when doing so.

Ben Still 25 Sep 2012

Vulnerability scanning - checking code every time before it gets deployed

Vulnerability scanning software Ruby on Rails analysis

Sam Bauers 03 Aug 2012

Which Shopify account is the best value for money? It depends of course...

Shopify for e-commerce - we looked into this as part of a recent assesment.

Ben Still 17 Jun 2012

Going Mobile. Some options to address increasing mobile traffic to your site

Mobile traffic is growing crazy like. If you’re addressing this already by thinking about a mobile aspect of your website, great! If not, read on…

Sam Bauers 30 Mar 2012

Bypassing the sign up hurdle with super-soft joins

How we use super-soft joins to interact with users on personal subjects.

Sam Bauers 28 Mar 2012

Manage SSL redirection in Nginx using maps, and save the universe

Solutions to simple yet common and frustrating problems. We spill the beans on how we do it.

Ben Still 28 Feb 2012

A look inside our Jenkins Pipeline - how we make reliable stuff

How we build relational trust; our integrated testing pipeline

Ben Still 24 Feb 2012

How a project gets tested and deployed with GitFlow

GitFlow is the way of the future. Find out why and how here.

Ben Still 25 Jan 2012

Jira priorities- the story of Team Six and The Iceberg

Seal teams, titanic sinkers and our prioritization ratings.

Ben Still 25 Oct 2010

I’d like an iPhone app. Ten tips for your iphone app design brief

Ten quick tips: considerations for your iphone app design brief

Ben Still 08 Jan 2010

User generated content

It’s always great to get some user feedback. Brett was kind enough to make this video about "Tails for Whales"

Ben Still 02 Aug 2009

Why we use Ruby on Rails

We do a lot of work with a programming language called Ruby on Rails. This is why.

Ben Still 31 Jul 2009

Multi-variate testing

Lately, we’ve been doing quite a bit of work on sites which involve multi-variate (MV) testing

Ben Still 30 Jul 2009

Refactoring a design

We’ve recently spent some time adding some new features to a site that we built a while back.

Ben Still 30 Jul 2009

Fat footers - should they include a sitemap

There’s a bit of a design trend at the moment towards making more of the footer area at the bottom of your site.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

But is it viral?

Viral - doing it right. We analyse 2 website that are using viral as part of their big push for consumer love and affection.

Ben Still 09 Jul 2009

How we Wiki

Red Ant + clients + Wiki = awesome knowledge collaboration and sharing.

Ben Still 13 Jun 2009

Sign up forms are tricky to do well

Ryan Singer talks about 10 different ways to do sign up forms.

Ben Still 13 Jun 2009

Interface friction on job sites

How many steps do you really need to take to put a job ad up?

Ben Still 13 Aug 2008

Text Cloud in Flash

Visualising a list of information in interesting ways