Above All Human 2016

A small group of the Bugherd team attended the inaugural Melbourne ‘Above All Human’ Conference, presented by Startup Victoria in 2015. We left the event feeling inspired, passionate about being involved in the startup community and positive about the fact that we can play a part in improving business culture. Waleed Aly’s show stopping speech on integrity hit a homerun with everyone in the crowd. ‘Above All Human’ 2016 would have big shoes to fill …

How we use Slack at BugHerd

In March 2014 we wrote a post about why moved our team’s internal communication from Atlassian’s Hipchat to the (now) ridiculously popular Slack. In November 2015, we’re still a bunch of productive slackers, and it’s nice to note that Slack, for the most part, have moved with the pace of our developing and changing needs. It hasn’t all been disco ponies and rainbows though. It took us a little while to reconcile the price of Slack (at $8 per user), it seemed like a lot of money for minimal recognisable perks, other than being a sexy looking chat-app. However, we have to admit that Slack has certainly delivered in spades since it’s initial launch.

5 design resources I can’t live without

“I’m often wary of using the word ‘inspiration’ to introduce my work — it sounds too much like a sun shower from the heavens, absorbed by a passive individual enjoying an especially receptive moment. While that may be the case on rare occasions, the reality is usually far more prosaic.” – Shaun Tan No matter how brilliant a designer you are, you’re always going to need inspiration, and a lot of the time it doesn’t come easily. We trawl the internet looking for that bright spark, or a combination of smaller sparks to make a bigger one. It might be a colour we like, a photo, a shape, an emotion or something we found funny. All these things lead to inspiration, so it pays off to be a sponge. To absorb everything we see and to take note of what we like and what we can use later. When we’re not...

Our Pick of Conferences Around The World for 2016

So you’ve already picked out what local conferences you’re going to go to and now that you’ve got the conference bug, you want to see how they do it in other countries? At this stage, you’re probably thinking ” but what are the top international conferences to attend in 2016?” Whether you’re a designer, a web developer, innovator and a startup founders, the BugHerd team have once again put together their top picks for the conferences you need to attend in 2016. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 6-9 January 2016 Las Vegas, USA Hosted by: Consumer Technology Association (CTA) A global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that attracts major companies and industry professionals worldwide, hosting previews of products and new product announcements. LAUNCH Festival 2-4 March San Francisco, USA Hosted by: Launch Media The LAUNCH Festival is a startup conference with 15,000 attendees, four stages, and 250 speakers focused on helping founders...

2016 – The Year Of The Side Project

Have you ever have an idea for a cool side project? Maybe it’s starting a new technical blog, or you have a great idea for an app that you want to build. You may even want to learn to cook like a masterchef? If your answer is yes, have you acted on those ideas? If your answer is no I totally understand, but hopefully this article can help you to get extra motivation. 2016 is the year to make it happen! This post is a reflection upon my own experience. Over the past 2.5 years I’ve started and organise a local meetup group called Be Responsive. I can assure you it’s not easy, but I enjoyed the challenge and I learnt a lot from doing that. I’ve met a lot of good and bad things along the way, but I want to share with you what I consider to be the three biggest benefits of having...

Our Pick of Australian Tech Conferences for 2016

With so many great tech conferences every year, it’s hard to know which ones to attend! All facets of startup life is catered for these days; designers, web developers, innovators and startup founders alike. For those of you like us, who don’t have an unlimited travel budget and are trying to narrow down the field, I’m here to help. 2015 is pretty much done and dusted, so it’s probably time we start thinking about what events we’ll be attending next year already. I decided to ask around the BugHerd office to see what events some of our staff are looking forward to. Here’s the list that events that we’d would like to attend most. Design / UX Conferences UX Australia 23-26 August, 2016 Location: Melbourne Run by: UX Australia UX Australia conference cover a wide range of UX-related topics – from practical techniques and case studies; to designing experiences for...

The Top 5 Web Dev Trends Of 2015

Responsive Design (again) This may seem a bit “last year”, but the challenges we face with responsive design have not gotten any easier. Not only do we have to deal with desktops, laptops and tablets and screen readers, but the growth of mobile and wearable technology means that more and more we need to be aware of just how our users will engage with our products. This is complex enough when you’re just building a website, but it becomes significantly more challenging when you’re developing applications. Smaller screens mean showing differing amounts of information, or perhaps in a different way. This is nothing new of course, but when many websites actually see more traffic from mobiles than desktops, the priority on these designs is starting to be flipped on its head. But of course, more form factors doesn’t just mean smaller interfaces, it means different ways to interact with an...

Support email costs you time and money

A little while ago I wrote a post on how to quantify the cost of email communication. Even though it was written a while ago now, the message couldn’t be more true today. As agencies search for ways to streamline their communication and save escalating costs, email is still a huge part of that mix. How much does it actually cost? In a survey we sent out on customer service sent out late last 2013, 83% of respondents stated that email was still their preferred way of communicating. This was for both collecting client feedback and sending outbound comms. Perhaps you’re a freelance web designer or an agency with a client on retainer for “X” amount of hours. Average hourly costs rates for 2015 (published in a study by Service Crowd) put the average rate for web design in Victoria, Australia at $77.92 per hour. According to a readers poll of more than 4,400...

CSS: Change is good, even if the outcome isn’t

I spoke at SYDCSS in October on why Change is Good, Even if the Outcome Isn’t, where I had a blast. With the talk seeming to resonate with a larger-than-expected percentage of the audience, I’d like to go into more detail about the process, not the outcome. We make it no secret that CSS is a struggle. Like many other teams, we’ve faced a few hurdles in making our environment more manageable. We’ve changed a lot over the last year, and we’re at a better place for it. Here’s how we’re still happy, even after mistakes: Every developer knows they work in a field that is constantly changing. It seems every day we’re faced with a new (and “better”!) way to tackle development. Resisting something new and shiny is hard; everyone is talking about it and it ticks all the boxes. You don’t want to get stale, you want to...

How to market to Developers

I consider myself a pretty lucky Marketer. I get to work with the people who also just happen to be my direct target audience, developers and designers. This comes with both pros and cons. On the upside I get to ask the team at the coalface of the industry what they think of various campaigns and messaging. I can ask them what they think of articles and content and I get some seriously honest answers. On the downside, dev teams generally aren’t fans of marketing. Being analytical types, they are often sceptical and wary of the advertising they see online, and that’s assuming they’re not using an ad blocker (hint: they probably are).