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fortnightly two-hour attempt to be better at our jobs

There is a literal box on the Inspirapod™. Put ideas in there as and when they come up.

The aims

This is suspiciously similar, but distinctly different, from Digital's Developer Development

Creative Time Box (the cool kids call it CTB) is time set aside for personal development. How that time is used is up to individuals, within certain guidelines.

  • Should pick something relevant to the work we do
  • There should be some kind of output, such as:
    • Show & Tell
    • Recommendation for process improvement
    • Ideas for future project / work / development
  • It is productive time - with a clear goal in mind

What are we learning about?

4 July 2019SASSArticle catch up-
20 June 2019New website project infographic-
5 June 2019Lead/secondary phrases special
22 May 2019Product and web design and also empathy and social media ad sizes and ooh I could eat a Topic and I've just got to book a little holidayHeadlines/impact statementsLinkedIn sponsored content
7 May 2019-Creating Tone of Voice guidelines - ideas and best practiceFacebook Creator Studio
1 May 2019Exploring fontsSchema.orgTone of voice
15 April 2019-Approaches to Audience Research (Digital Skills Programme)Article catch up
29 March 2019Footer dataFooter best practiceFooter better practice
15 March 2019Article catch upApproaches to Audience Research (Digital Skills Programme)Social media takeovers
27 February 2019Article catch upArticle catch upSprout social 2018 report
13 February 2019Article catch upGender neutrality in copySocial media reports
18 January 2019UX colour researchGoogle Optimise resultsSocial media calendars
23 November 2018Adobe XDHow to test visual designPhotoshop essentials
7 November 2018CSS gridsGoogle optimisePhotoshop essentials
19 October 2018Functional inventoryArticle catch upMarketing strategy / organic content in Higher Education
12 September 2018Spotlight presentationSpotlight presentationAlex
8 August 2018User journeysHugging for beginnersGoogle analytics for beginners
26 July 2018FunnelingLong and short tailProgrammatic advertising
6 July 2018 Cognitive fluency and reading psychologyCornerstone Content
20 June 2018



ContentEdLive 2018 - review, to-do, igloo

and traits of best problem-solving teams



-Content strategy headspaceVideo foundations: interviews


Branding 2

Article catch up:

  • Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye
  • Reading content on mobile devices
  • FirstClick usability testing


iMovie for editing stuff on the go
UX competitor anaylsisGeneration ZedLumen 5
BrandingUseabilityhubInstagram for marketeers
UXContent strategy revisted, exactly one year onYMS 2018
Accessibility and colour from a UX perspectiveCreating good briefsUX and accessibility
Responsive adsEmpathy mappingYouTube metadata
2017 year in review special
2017 year in review special
Light RoomPremiere ProMaking Gifs in Photoshop

University Market Insight Conference 2017 - slides round up

CSS essentials pt 6
PhotoShopGoogle Adwords 'expertise'CSS essentials pt 5
Chrome dev tools pt 2Google Adwords best practiceCSS essentials pt 4
Chrome dev toolsMore bookmarked article catchup:CSS essentials pt 3
ARIACatching up on UX: a Nielsen Norman bookmarked article specialCSS essentials pt 2
4 oh 4Google Adwords for beginnersCSS essentials
WordPressWCAG 2.1-
Responsive design part IIIGoogle search console - the geeky stuffGoogle analytics academy
SASS-Graphics for social media
FullStoryPersonasAccessibility - an introduction
Responsive design part IIAventures in illustrator (and beer) part IITouching up images
Responsive designAdventures in illustrator (and beer)UX fundamentals
SASSPiktochart's design seriesMarketing for millennials
Adobe After Effects for people with a fully charged laptopPhotoshop - tips and tricks for a self-taught slackerPhotoshop - smart objects
UX Basic training pt 2Google data studioWriting in plain English
UX Basic trainingContent strategy (NN/g conference special)-
Adobe After EffectsMobile first Indexing-

Photoshop essentials

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