Design

  • Visual regression testing with Wraith

    Last week I talked about how we chose Wraith as our visual regression testing tool. After lots of discovery and preparation, we were now ready to get our first real tests up and running. In this post, I'll go through how...

  • Choosing a visual regression testing tool

    We've recently been working on getting visual regression testing up and running for bath.ac.uk. Back in October, Liam blogged about our earlier research into visual regression testing. But if you need a refresher... Visual regression testing in a nutshell Visual regression...

  • Are we there yet? 3 years in agile design

    It’s been almost 3 years since I joined the University of Bath digital team and, despite committing wholly to the agile workflow, I’m still struggling to reconcile certain aspects of our working practice with the freelance life I left behind....

  • Visual regression testing

    Our new site consists of 15 different layout templates. Each one of these is further broken down into numerous different design patterns for consistently displaying content. The rules that govern the presentation of these patterns (or elements, if you are...

  • The University of Bath's Digital Design Principles

    Based on our current Digital Delivery Principles, I recently sat down and drafted a set of Design Principles. These were shared at one of our Show and Tells as a presentation, but I thought I'd reproduce it here on our...

  • Five lessons learnt about user testing

    Doing anything with more regularity will provide performance benefits and provide insights into how to do it better, and over the last couple years we've really ramped up the frequency of our user testing. Sooo, here are five lessons that...

  • The design function Christmas wishlist 2015

    After a busy year, the onset of Christmas always provides a brief moment to step back and reflect upon everything that has happened over the last 12 months. 2015 has been our year for honing workflows, trying out new tools...

  • Typesetting the Alphas

    It's almost 10 years ago now that Oliver Reichenstein published his thoughts on the fundamental influence of typography on web design. Web Design is 95% TypographyOliver Reichenstein At the time the article provoked a lively discussion amongst the design community....

  • Designing the alphas

    The alpha launch culminated in 12 weeks of intensely-focused work after 12 months of research, investigation and design thinking, fitting around everything else we were shipping (check our sprint notes for details). The critical design decisions that have been made...

  • Our best decision - what the Alumni team learned from user research

    A pre-occupation of the Alumni Relations team in 2014 (beyond being nice to our graduates) has been a thing called Bath Connection. It’s a bespoke online portal which allows students or graduates needing careers advice, support or mentoring, to search...