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!
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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
At Redbubble, we are dependent on artists uploading new designs and illustrations. Naturally, we’d like to make this as easy as possible. Previously, the process to do this was to download a template, position their work offline, upload, save, check the final product and repeat. For designs that need to be in a particular position this could be an extremely painful process! In order to lower the hurdle for new users and decrease the frustration level for our long-time artists, we introduced a new uploader which takes away the need for templates and allows for preview and positioning of the design on the product before upload.
Here at Redbubble, we do more than just sling code around all day long. We’re always interested in finding out more about our users, how they interact with the website, and what it is they’re actually trying to achieve when they’re on it. Now throw in some Arts and Crafts. What we get out is what’s called a Noticeability Study. This is an interesting User Research/UX technique which is designed to reveal which parts of a web page users actually notice. It is also incredibly quick to run – we’ve found we can run through one of these in less than half an hour. From this you can start to make inferences about what parts of your design are actually important (rather than
Redbubble has been around for a while now and we haven’t made any efforts to give our visitors on phones and tablets an awesome experience – a better experience than looking at a full sized page zoomed out! So to that end, we recently spent a decent amount of time to make Redbubble more mobile friendly. Responsive or Native? When developing a mobile site, there are basically three options available: Build a native app. Create a separate mobile site. Convert the existing site over to a responsive design. Since we didn’t have the expertise to build a native app and a separate mobile site would only mean we had to support two codebases, we decided pretty early on that the responsive way is the