less is more

Less is more

I recently saw an interesting animated GIF (I can’t believe I’m saying that) which simply showed how removing a few elements from a graph actually makes it more readable (have…

focus innovation

Focus innovation where it matters

The Germans have a great word that doesn’t translate literally in to English but describes a planned improvement that only makes things worse: verschlimmbesserung. I can’t remember where I first…

invisible technology

Technology works when it’s invisible

As Apple’s advertising for the iPad states, it is only when technology is invisible that it truly works. Do you remember how many times you used to have to reboot…

e-volving

Is sport e-volving?

I’ve never really been a sports fan. Recently, however, I’ve developed a growing interest in eSports – the term given to organised video game competitions. I’ve been aware of eSports…

rail network

Latest work – a new rail network

In the run up to the launch of Train Simulator 2014 (launched last week on 26th September), RailSimulator.com asked us to help them create a new community website to replace…

experiment with google and js

An Experiment with Google and JavaScript

Here at Techdept we like the websites we develop to have a rich user experience and be developed in a clean and consistent way. An important factor for the majority of…

open business

Are You ‘Open’ For Business?

The last two years have seen an explosion of books, articles and talks about ‘social business’. There are currently 108,250 social business books on amazon.co.uk and when IBM have written a book…

you need a new website

5 reasons why you need a new website…Now!

1)    Mobile and tablet usage Roughly 15% of global web traffic is now from a mobile phone. This equates to over 1.2 billion people accessing the web from their smart…

kpcb internet trends

2013 Internet Trends from KPCB

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report was released yesterday and we have been having a flick through in the office. The report, by Mary Meeker (partner at…

permira

Speeding up communication for Permira

We have just re-worked The Permira Funds’ Investor Centre, a secure resource hub for Permira’s global investor network. The system we designed and developed has improved administration work-flows, while being…

commando style design

The ‘Commando’ design manifesto

Here at Techdept, the design team follows our own Design Manifesto to improve our output on our design. Here I present you (A Commando version) a few things we do….

archie

Archie on social media

A few weeks ago the Techdept team were joined by 15 year old work placement student, Archie. During his week with us he got stuck in designing and testing web…