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Promenade - Weeknotes #5
May 29, 2020
We’re working on an internal project named ‘Promenade’ — a digital application for non-urgent patients to remotely track their conditions, such as arthritis, away from hospital. Find out more about the project here. Now that most of the basic fun...
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Put away your fancy tools: running remote workshops for humans
May 28, 2020
During the last few months we’ve all had to make adjustments and working remotely has certainly brought with it a number of challenges. At Unboxed, we place a lot of value on participatory design, and we try to involve our clients and users of th...
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Remote communication fatigue and wellbeing
May 22, 2020
We’ve been working remotely from our homes for over eight weeks now since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and we’ve quickly had to adapt our ways of working and communicating. Technology enables us to continue working with each other and our customers...
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Promenade: Weeknotes #3
May 11, 2020
We’ve just finished the third week of our dive into an internal project named ‘Promenade’ — a digital application for non-urgent patients to remotely track their conditions, such as arthritis, away from hospital. The current COVID-19 ...
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Promenade: Weeknotes #2
May 1, 2020
Here at Unboxed, we’ve been working on an internal project named ‘Promenade’ — a digital application to remotely monitor non-urgent patients with conditions, such as arthritis, away from hospital. Our project vision: For people with stable long...
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Welcome to the team: Claudia Hopkins
April 14, 2020
Hi, I’m Claudia Hopkins and I’m a designer. I am very excited to join Unboxed and work on a breadth of projects! Before coming to Unboxed, I was an interaction designer at Public Health England Digital and have mainly focused on healthcare des...
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The hyacinths are blooming and there’s no-one to smell them: Remote...
April 8, 2020
The Unboxed team has been remotely working for three weeks now, and at the end of the second week of lock down, as I write this. The last time some of us were in the office, the hyacinths that were brought to cheer us all into spring were just a...
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Welcome to the team: Rhian Lewis
March 31, 2020
Hi, I’m Rhian Lewis (Twitter: @rhian_is), and I’m really happy that I’ve joined Unboxed as a developer. Although I’ve been working in technology for ten years now (I made a mid-career switch after many years in journalism), I’m still massively en...
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Welcome to the team: Michelle Isme
January 28, 2020
Hello, I’m Michelle Isme — the newest Unboxed joiner and latest member of the growing design team. I’ve been working “in digital” for the last 14 years, branching out from digital comms and campaigning jobs to more product and UX-focused roles ...
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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...
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
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
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