With football going home to France, tennis done, and the weather taking a cooler turn, we’ve had more time to get some reading done. Here’s what has sparked our interest this week.
We ran a two-day training session for Anthony Nolan to help the organisation adopt a more human-centric approach. The workshop was attended by representatives from different areas of the Anthony Nolan charity, from Technology to Social Media. To make the training relevant to the day-to-day work of the team, we invited patients and donors to share their experience with Anthony Nolan.
Once again sunshine and the World Cup has been on the brain in between us reading the news. This week though, we’re super proud to have been named one of the top 25 SME Culture Leaders by Real Business and Breathe HR. But enough about us, here’s the Weekly Sett.
Last week I attended Ampersand conference in Brighton for the day. It was a real treat, lots of new ideas, lovely people and rounded off with a couple of cold beers.
This week has seen soaring temperatures and soaring English patriotism (in case you missed it- football's coming home). In between tanning and matches we’ve read up on a few things. Five of our favourites are below for you to enjoy.
This a short blog about a small job, but one that plays well one of our guiding principles, to “Find a way”. We wanted to invite people to a day at the Wimbledon Championships, but to tell the story right we need to start at the beginning.
This week has seen Germany’s shocking exit from the World Cup, glorious weather and some spicy turns in Love Island. But we’ve delved deeper into the news to find five articles that we think are worth a read this week.
Building the Pride in London app gave Red Badger the incredible opportunity to deliver an experience that would reach the community that make Pride happen year round. In late January, we kicked off the project with a workshop to define our product vision.
One of the goals of creating the Pride app was to develop it as an open source project. Right from the start, we decided to make the repository for the source code public on Github. By making the development public we hoped to encourage the tech community to get involved and build a long-term pool of technical volunteers that can sustain the app into the future. We are still on the path to realise this goal. Along the way we have faced some interesting challenges and we have learnt a lot.
One of the key reasons Red Badger chose to take on the Pride in London App was to give us the opportunity to gain more experience with React Native. React Native is an interesting choice for us. It complements our experience building web applications with React, and we have learnt a lot along the way.
Since January we’ve been branding, designing and building the 2018 Pride in London app (which you can download here). It was a big deal to take on a project like this for free and involved considerable reputational risk if we didn’t deliver. So why did we chose to do it in the first place? And what did we learn along the way?
We decided early on that we’d need to do some brand thinking around the app. The Pride in London brand is well established, but it has not been designed specifically with digital applications in mind. Together with Pride in London we worked together to ensure clarity and focus for us and a richer, more cohesive experience for the user.
In between football matches and substitutions, we’ve managed to read up on open source, chatbots, and the new wonder of ‘DesignOps’.
Brexit, the World Cup, data breaches and Trump. It’s been a busy news week and so we’ve cut through the headlines and rounded up some interesting articles outside of the daily grind.
Our delivery team work hard to tackle problems and work through issues with practical solutions, and sometimes they share their successes and learnings with the press.
Here’s our weekly round-up of news to distract you from the fact that we haven’t had a bank holiday this week and won’t for another 79 days. Not that we’re counting.