2 September 2011

2 September 2011

UX collaboration during Down Tools Week

During our most recent down tools week (DTW), Adam Parker, and I became involved in a project called SQL Index Monitor and provided UX skills to the development team. Ideation Session   The week kicked off with an ideation session to generate and share ideas for projects which could be developed over DTW.  This... Read more

19 August 2011

19 August 2011

Down Tools Week – gaming around

Every 3 months at Redgate we hold our Down Tools Week (DTW), in which everyone in development stops working on their regular projects and is allowed to work on their own min-project ideas. In the UX team we saw this as an ideal opportunity to also try out some new ways of working together.... Read more

12 August 2011

12 August 2011

Content strategy tool – released!

We’ve just released the first alpha of Page Trawler, our new content audit tool. At the moment it’s only a prototype, but we have grand plans for the product. We believe producing a sitemap of a website should be easy and not be the long, protracted, manual process it is today. We’re really interested... Read more

1 August 2011

1 August 2011

Design pattern face-off, this time it’s personal

We’re in the process of re-designing the UI for one of our products, SmartAssembly. It’s a great tool that allows you to modify an application in three different ways: Protect the application code in various ways to make it difficult to crack Enable your application to report errors that users encounter Add analytics to... Read more

27 July 2011

27 July 2011

Designing our first iPhone app

We’re excited to announce that we have just released our first iPhone app – Out of Office for Outlook. Forgetting to set your out of office before you go on holiday can be a real nuisance. Our app solves this problem by letting you turn your out of office on direct from your iPhone.... Read more

25 July 2011

25 July 2011

What are you thinking?

So we’re all the familiar with Steve Krug’s first law of usability ‘Don’t make me think‘ and the book of that name. The sequel to that book, ‘Rocket surgery made easy’, gives more suggestions on how to conduct a usability test session. It’s another useful book with plenty of good advice, but one particular... Read more

19 July 2011

19 July 2011

Can User Interfaces slay trolls?

Trolls used to exist only in Norse mythology, but the loathsome creatures that once lurked under faraway bridges, now seem to be everywhere! The modern type aren’t as cool, but on the plus side they’re generally not blood thirsty ogres. An internet troll is instead; Someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in... Read more