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Starting your first accessibility audit

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Accessibility is always on our minds at SSE. Our design community talks about it often, and we promote in our cross-functional product teams at any opportunity. Every accessibility issue has the potential to impact the 14.1m disabled people in the UK. So not…

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Kafka Consumer Testing with Burrow - Part 1

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In this post we will cover how to build a common docker image that we will then use to run both Kafka and Zookeeper in a local docker-compose cluster.…

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Seeing more, with Gestalt Principles of Perception

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Gestalt Principles of Perception explain how we visually perceive and make sense of the world around us. As designers we can use these principles to inform how design elements are placed, and how they can create meaningful groups of things. Let’s take a look a…

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How sketching sessions make your team more collaborative

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Sketching sessions can be defined as a get-together where ideas are shared through visual means. They often take place after some research and are done in the form of ‘blue-sky thinking’, allowing a team to tackle the research findings without constraints. Th…

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How I setup my Mac

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Before Getting Started: These “knowledge pills” are mostly aimed at Placement Year students that are just starting to move their first steps into the real world. If you are already a professional, you can probably skip all of this! If you are a recent graduate…

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Blue Green Infrastructure

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Introduction In the computing world, blue green is an established model of deployment usually associated with software applications. The idea being you can run two versions of code side-by-side and switch traffic to a new version without downtime, leaving the…