Posts Categorized in Designing

At Redgate, we design great user experiences,. That, after all, is what makes our software what we call ‘ingeniously simple’. Under the hood, there’s an awful lot of complicated stuff going on, so good UX is crucial in making the user experience itself easy and intuitive. That’s why UX designers are an essential part of every team and that’s probably why being a UX Designer at Redgate is so enjoyable.

Not all feedback is good feedback

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There is no doubt about it: feedback is essential fuel for designers. When we become blinkered towards the work we’re doing, it can help us get another perspective. When we’ve run out of ideas, it can help us explore new directions. Given the potential benefits, it’s well worth spending a bit of time designing... read more

Time to talk accessibility

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We have a few of these clocks dotted around Redgate and I find them difficult to read, while impossible to read from across a room. They look stylish – minimalist and simple, but are far from being ingeniously simple. They use a white face and shiny thin hands that reflect the usually white surroundings,... read more

Smaller software releases are big news too

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This has been a good year for Redgate customers. Major software releases of SQL Prompt, SQL Compare, SQL Monitor, and SQL Source Control have introduced new features, added support for the latest versions of SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio, and made them even easier and more intuitive to use. SQL Monitor v5,... read more

Birds, Bees, and Honeycomb

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Had I ever been asked the question “What animal would you like to be and why?” (apparently it was a common interview brainteaser), I would have answered “A penguin”. I like water, I also like sardines. I don’t care much for flying (in fact, the older I get, the more frightening a prospect that... read more

What SQL Lighthouse beta, spaghetti sauce and The Mom Test have shown us about ways to deploy database changes

Spaghetti sauce and variation Note: SQL Lighthouse is now called DLM Dashboard.  There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the challenge of implementing an automated database deployment pipeline. This much has become very obvious as we have developed SQL Lighthouse (now DLM Dashboard), a database lifecycle management (DLM) dashboard and alerting system to help teams monitor... read more