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The benefits of a co-design workshop
January 13, 2020
As a core method of primary user research, co-design is a collaborative and creative process of working with your users and stakeholders in the design process to begin taking the first steps to consolidating user insights within the team and valid...
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Identifying and prioritising project risks
January 6, 2020
Identifying, understanding and prioritising key risks is a core part of any project. No matter what you and your team are looking to achieve, there is always a level of risk involved on the journey reaching your goal. To ensure success, it’s imp...
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Unboxed eats: wellbeing, the positive power of food and eating toge...
December 16, 2019
Working adults spend around one third of their waking hours at work and, as such, our workplaces should be well-placed to provide an opportunity to improve our wellbeing, both mental and physical. Increasingly, employers and companies are switchi...
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char.gy wins best ‘Electric Experience’ at TRANStech Awards 2019
December 10, 2019
For the last three years, Unboxed has been working towards solving a big problem: people wanting to make the shift to electric vehicles, but being unable to charge near their homes. A third of UK households have no off-street parking, a figure th...
Roundup: Database migrations, 40 years as a female programmer and t...
December 6, 2019
Roundup: Ruby memory usage, boasting is bad, and the state of the D...
November 22, 2019
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Discovering user needs for Cancer Data with the Public Health Engla...
October 25, 2019
Last week we held our first show and tell with Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS). NCRAS do an amazing job, aggregating data of every cancer case across the NHS and the patient’s subsequent health his...
Roundup: Ken Thompson's password
October 11, 2019
Roundup: SQL queries don't start with select
October 4, 2019
Roundup: Regex crossword and code review at Google
September 6, 2019
Roundup: Mentoring developers, first serves, and the story of us
August 30, 2019
Roundup: Interactive tutorial on leveraging SSRF
August 23, 2019
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Wellbeing at Unboxed
August 13, 2019
Over the last few months, wellbeing at work has been a hot topic of conversation across the Unboxed team, prompted by discussion during our March company-wide retrospective. Wellbeing in the workplace is increasingly recognised as a key factor in...
Roundup: a tool for taking notes
August 9, 2019
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Designing and testing for product and service accessibility
August 5, 2019
One of our core values at Unboxed is making the products and services that we’re creating simple and intuitive for everyone to access and use. From visiting places, including the GDS Empathy Lab, and testing with accessibility users, this post de...
Roundup: Optimising SQL queries and fast software, the best software
August 2, 2019
Roundup: accelerating learning, isolating yourself, Grada Kilomba a...
July 26, 2019
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Women of Silicon Roundabout
July 4, 2019
The Women of Silicon Roundabout conference took place on the 25th and 26th of June. It’s a conference generally aimed at women in tech, which features a variety of talks both about technology as well as broader topics such as diversity and inclusi...
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A user research guide for teams new to user-centred design
July 4, 2019
Unboxed was recently invited to attend and contribute to an insightful roundtable discussion, organised by HACT (Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust) and the Chartered Institute of Housing. This session focused on why digital transformat...
Roundup: Design research, Puma 4, and women in tech
June 28, 2019
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Social prescribing can't happen from behind a desk: designing commu...
June 25, 2019
Loneliness, isolation and mental health are becoming bigger issues in our society. It can be a problem for anyone, of any age or gender. There’s more talk about how, as individuals, we need to be more resilient to handle the stresses of mode...
Roundup: Postgres histograms, going tech free, and networking basics
June 14, 2019
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DesignOps – strengthening the impact of design
June 3, 2019
Design and design thinking are becoming recognised as key drivers for growth in technology companies, with major players like IBM and AirBnB leading the way. With an increasing number of designers employed by these companies, a new practice is em...
Roundup: The Business Value of Design
May 31, 2019
Roundup: Ruby strings and mob progamming
May 24, 2019
Roundup: Reconstructing Notre Dame, friends on the internet, and em...
May 17, 2019
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Introducing the concept of chatbots to older audiences
May 16, 2019
Chatbots are very much a current theme at the centre of a number of product teams at the moment. From exploring ways of meeting increasing service demand through to identifying the next “big” way of interacting with customers — there are a number ...
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Creating a user-centered back office planning system with Southwark...
May 15, 2019
Planning departments in local authorities are currently experiencing a sector-wide problem: back-end case management systems aren’t meeting the needs of the Planning Officers using them. Over the last few years, a number of pain points have emerg...
Roundup: 'Sharetown', feminism in Denmark, and portal HTML tags
May 10, 2019
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Working with UAL students in collaboration with char.gy
April 29, 2019
Just over two years ago, I graduated from London College of Communication on the then MDes Service Design and Innovation course. This year, I was invited back to help out with the collaborative unit. This unit is all about collaborating with other...
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