Redbubble recently hosted an event called “How do you manage products?” in conjunction with Product Anonymous (a Melbourne based product group), with a focus on the art of product management, both from a digital and physical perspective. Redbubble welcomed speakers from Redbubble, Envato & Zendesk and played to a packed house of over 70 people. Redbubble is a two-sided marketplace with over 350,000 Artists, 13 Million designs, delivering to over 236 countries. This involves physical product development and digital product development, building a world-class digital user experience.
Every day hundreds of thousands of users come to Redbubble searching for art works. Given the large number of works on Redbubble – we host millions of works for our ever-growing community of artists – it’s important that our search engine return good results, because our users sure ain’t going to paginate through millions of works! Standing between us and our quest to produce relevant search results was our 3-year old Solr 3.6. It’s not so much the age that was bothering us, but rather its lack of boolean and relevance functions. Add in the fact that Solr 3.6’s higher memory demand was causing occasional performance problems, we had a solid case to say goodbye to this fella. So we
Tom shares our collaborative team process where everyone participates in planning and moderating with customer sessions to discover the right answers. Questions about the talk? Leave them in the comments!
By using automated rspec testing of our real infrastructure systems, Redbubble has reduced the uncertainty around its operating environments, and decreased the amount of manual correctness checking that engineers have to do when provisioning new systems.
Here at Redbubble, all of our icons are fonts. The vector goodness give us lovely sharp images on even the highest resolution displays. Up until now, we’ve used the excellent fontello.com to generate our font files from a number of icon sets, but our growing team has made managing our configuration file difficult. I’m a big fan of using robots for repetitive tasks, so I threw together a rake task that automates the process! This task allows us to drop individual SVG files into a folder, and automagically generates all of our font files in TTF, WOFF and EOT formats. It is even smart enough to generate a SCSS file with all of the mappings. Robots!
Redbubble is hosting a series of events where the web technology community can come together and discuss some thought-provoking ideas, led by both our own team and members of the community that inspire us. So come in, share a drink and lets talk tech! On May 21st, Redbubble’s Tom Sommer and Abla Hamilton present…… Stop Guessing! Talk to your Users to Find the Whys
Redbubble is hosting a series of events where the Melbourne Tech Community can come together and discuss some thought-provoking ideas, led by both our own team and members of the community that inspire us. So come in, share a drink and lets talk tech! On March 18, Redbubble’s Michael Milewski will be presenting “Experiences Test-Driving Infrastructure”
At Redbubble we are about supporting the communities that love creating. Whether the creation is web products, set work or any engaging experience, it doesn’t matter. It’s our commitment to foster and nurture those that are passionate. One of the initiatives in the web product arena is supporting the LAST Conference (@LASTConf) – a small, local grass roots event all about product development. Craig and Ed the team at LAST work hard to get great speakers and sponsors that live and breathe product and if you have attended, you’d understand it’s a great day.
Last Wednesday, we hosted a meet-up of the Agile Product Owners and Business Analysts group. The title of this meetup was “Validated Learning and Outcomes Using Lean Startup and Agile“. At Redbubble, we believe that sharing the knowledge and the experience we have is important for the community. We are grateful to have such capable and keen people around us and hosting an event like this would allow us to make the world a better place. We also wanted to talk about how we practice Lean Startup and Agile principles to achieve our goals of increasing value to our customers.