The keyboard navigation order (commonly called the “tab order”) is important for users who can’t necessarily use a mouse or control a pointer to navigate a website. However, the tab order is traditionally defined by the order in which elements appear in the HTML document, which can become quite different to the order in which the elements visually appear when a site is built using Responsive Web Design principles.
Consul is awesome, and super powerful, but takes a bit of understanding and setting up. We are looking at it now, because it could let us keep the same mechanism in place in development as we might use in production.
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