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Flipside – New Pathways into Digital Careers

By ustwo London - 27 February 2017

ustwo London has teamed up with other agencies, the London Legacy Development Corporation, A New Direction and digital training providers to make training schemes work for the industry and for young, talented local people from diverse backgrounds.Watch our film below to hear from digital professionals, agencies and education providers about what we’re doing. Most importantly, […]

Business

5 Lessons Traditional Banks Can Learn from Startups

By Liana Chang - 20 February 2017

As the UK and much of the developed world races ever closer to a cashless future, traditional banks are fast disappearing from the high street. Indeed with six out of 10 young adults preferring not to use cash at all, it’s only a matter of time before the ATM is relegated to the nostalgia-tinted tourist […]

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Development

Android Testing, Continuous Integration and Firebase

By Nelson Sachse - 20 February 2017

Mobile developers, more than ever, need to create applications ready for a savvy marketplace – users expect responsiveness, good content and a coherent experience throughout the app.To achieve that we want to be sure our app is ready for change. That’s why it’s important to set up a well thought-out architecture for our project so […]

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Development

Exploring Server-side Swift

By Aaron McTavish - 17 February 2017

When Apple open-sourced Swift, many people were quite excited to use this interesting new language on other platforms. Early on, Swift was ported to Linux and people began to look into building servers using Swift. More recently, IBM’s existing partnership with Apple deepened as they took a prominent role in the new Server APIs Project. […]

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Design

Designing in a Polluted City

By Jason DaPonte - 16 February 2017

London is polluted. Very, very polluted. I should know better than most – the road I live on exceeded its air pollution targets for ALL of 2017 by 5 January, leaving my neighbourhood with another 360 days of the year to enjoy 73 times the pollution we ought to have in a year.  And it’s […]

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Development

How Will We Learn to Trust Learning Machines?

By James Higgs - 15 February 2017

The other evening, as my flight was descending into London in very heavy rain, it occurred to me that my life was entirely in the hands of machines. Despite the technologies involved being among the most tested and reliable in the world, it is hard in such situations to remain rationally confident of one’s safety. […]

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Culture

ustwoTALKIES: What I Wish I’d Known II

By Emily Whalley - 13 February 2017

Startup Edition Digest our panel’s candid advice in whichever medium suits you best. Enjoy podcast, write-up and vid below…The podcast:The write-up:Our first What I Wish I’d Known event left all of us at ustwo with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies, as well as a ton of practical career advice – so we […]

Product

Yoop: An Experiment In Musical Collaboration

By ustwo New York - 7 February 2017

TL,DR: Originally written by Product Designer and prototyper Mat Sanders upon internal release, the following is a deep dive into our thinking, process, and research that went into experiment codename: Ally-oop. And, since every story deserves a happy ending, we reveal what our little music toy looks like today, when it hits the App Store for […]

Peak Nag Part two
Design

Peak Nag Part II – Increase Value, Not Engagement

By Alex Crowfoot - 25 January 2017

The attention economy, the age of distraction, call it what you will. There have never been more demands on our time made by the technology we use. However, as we established in part one, users are swiftly reaching saturation point and adapting their behaviours to tune out these digital cries for attention. We have reached ‘peak […]

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Design

Peak Nag Part I – Observations from the Frontline of UCD

By Alex Crowfoot - 18 January 2017

Apart from the ‘d’ word (dis**pt), is there a more over-used term at the moment than ‘engagement’? Except maybe ‘pop-up’. Or ‘game changer’. Or perhaps ‘start-up’… Never mind, you get the picture.The word ‘engagement’ is such hot property it probably has paparazzi at the window when it opens the curtains every morning. And alongside ‘engagement’ […]

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Culture

Out of the Shadows – My Life With Depression

By James Higgs - 16 January 2017

Last month I gave a highly personal talk at work, sharing my experience of living with depression for over thirty years. That’s all of my adult life (and of course all of my professional life) and a good portion of my teenage years too.Having thought about it, I’ve decided that I want to share the […]

Innovation

The VR Landscape: A Medium In Review

By Anders Oscarsson - 11 January 2017

2016 was a big year for virtual reality — from being stuck in beta mode and kept in research, the technology finally emerged and became available to the masses. Presenting a completely new paradigm of interaction, virtual reality began to move us from touch based interactions to interacting with all senses.So, what does this mean […]