Blog

Welcome to the 1minus1 blog.

Here you will find articles covering what we are talking and thinking about, and a little bit about what we are working on.

Latest from the 1minus1 labs

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Video within Web Design.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jem Wakeman on 24 September 2014

I wanted to write predominantly about video and how it has excelled and grown over the years... Read more.

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The London Design Festival.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jem Wakeman on 22 September 2014

Our venture into the London Design Festival began at the V&A, the ‘hub’... Read more.

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1minus1 Team Building Day.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jem Wakeman on 09 September 2014

On 15th August we at 1minus1 got out of the office to do something a little bit 'different'... Read more.

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1minus1 attend the latest Codebar.io event.

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 22 July 2014

On 9th July I shipped out early and travelled to Pivotal's London HQ to coach at the latest Codebar.io event.Read more.

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Ten inspirational websites that have unusual navigation at the heart of their design.

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 22 May 2014

We love it at 1minus1 when we find an interesting website design or two to share internally with the team and we recently came across a couple of interesting sites that are turning navigation techniques, quite literally, on their heads.Read more.

1minus1 are proud sponsors of the UCA rugby team

1minus1 proudly sponsor the University of Creative Arts Rugby Team.

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 16 May 2014

We are really pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the UCA rugby team 2014. Read more.

We're Hiring - Senior PHP Software developer

We're hiring! Digital Marketing and Sales Manager required.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jonathan Hill on 8 May 2014

We are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing and Sales Manager to join our growing team. Read more.

Ben Lovell Word Tour Ruby 2014

Ben Lovell gives a summary of the first part of his Ruby World Tour 2014

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 2 May 2014

Ben Lovell our resident Rubyist gives his thoughts on a super hot RubyConf PH and Ancient City Ruby  Read more.

Jonathan Hill speaking at Figaro Digital April 2014

Jonathan Hill speaking at Figaro Digital April 2104

Things we are talking about Posted by Jonathan Hill on 30 April 2014

Jonathan wanted to share his experiences of what we at 1minus1 call 'Functionality Frenzy' and how this affects the development of mobile applications and Saas software development.  Read more.

We're hiring! Project Assistant needed

We're hiring - Project Assistant needed

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Thorne on 16 April 2014

Want to work in a creative environment as part of a Project team? Read more...

New Twitter Design 2014

Twitter has a new Design for 2014 - no it's not like Facebook, really.

Things we are talking aboutPosted by Sarah Jane Walker on 08 April 2014

New interface is announced for Twitter, Sarah Jane Walker, Marketing Manager can't understand what the fuss is about. Read more.

Ben Lovell Word Tour Ruby 2014

Ben Lovell Announces his Ruby World Tour 2014 

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 12 March 2014

The conference season kicks off again, and with it some great new opportunities to share our experiences at 1minus1. Ben will be speaking at several conferences this year - check out where he will be lurking in 2014  Read more.

5 inspirational websites 2014

5 really inspirational websites guaranteed to make to you ooooooh!

Things we are talking about Posted by Jem Wakeman on 6 March 2014

I started at 1minus1 at the beginning of January and my time here has been nothing short of excellent. Being surrounded by such creatives on a daily basis is more of a luxury than a job and I can safely say I have made a lifelong group of buddies already.   Read more.

Virgin media logo before and after

Is there ever a right time or right way to re-brand?

Things we are talking about Posted by Catherine Lines on 23 February 2014

In this article I will be covering some large brand names who have made errors when trying to re-brand. After seeing Virgin Media’s recent venture into a flat logo design we thought it would be a good time to share some of our thoughts on other logo re-brands.  Read more.

Fully integrated multi channel mini funnel marketing agency

It's time for digital agencies to fundamentally change the way they deliver marketing strategy and services 

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 20 February 2014

We know search has changed and it's without doubt for the better good of us all, and our clients.  Those agencies looking to provide strategtic delivery of digital marketing services through collaboration, we believe will see the biggest growth this year. Lose your delivery silos - agile teamwork is the way forward for 2014.  Read more.

RAK Nomination Anneli Jancek

When is the last time you shared some love with a perfect stranger?

Things we are talking about Posted by Anneli Jancek on 18 February 2014

Anneli Jancek talks about her experience of her recent RAK Nomination...  Read more.

Valentines Day

1minus1 will be sharing the love this Valentine's Day - see how our his and hers cocktails are shaping up...

Things we are making Posted by Catherine Lines on 14 February 2014

Barry White playing out in the office, deliveries of roses and chocolates, the 1minus1 are really feeling the love. We have some funny stats for your amusement too ...... Read more.

37 Signals becomes Basecamp

Jonathan Hill casts his views over the recent announcement - 37Signals has become Basecamp.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jonathan Hill on 11 February 2014

37signals has become Basecamp, and increased its team working on the Basecamp product. What could be ahead for the product and business? Read more.

10 beautiful ecommerce websites

10 beautiful ecommerce websites.

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 27 January 2014

With most retail brands now having some kind of online shopping presence, investing in extra creative design resource when it comes to the website build might not be at the top of the agenda. These ten sites have led with a beautiful design layer over good sound functionality - and we think really makes the difference when it comes to user experience. Read more.

1minus1 moves to a new office in Farnham

1minus1 moves to new offices in Farnham.

Things we are talking about Posted by Jonathan Hill on 25 January 2014

1minus1 has grown. Our brilliant team got bigger and we needed to find a new home. We didn't move far in Farnham, just 400m from our old offices, and we've taken a great space in Molex House. Jonathan talks about the growth and strategy behind the move Read more.

1minus1 designer showcases work at The Clothes Show Live 2013

1minus1 designer showcases work at The Clothes Show Live 2013.

Things we are talking about Posted by Catherine Lines on 20 January 2014

1minus1 designer & illustrator Cat lines showcases her work at The Clothes Show Live 2013 Read more.

We're Hiring - Senior PHP Software developer

We're hiring! Senior PHP Developers required.

Things we are talking about Posted by Andy Pike on 14 January 2014

We are looking for a motivated senior PHP software developer to join our team that knows what they are doing and has a “can do” attitude. Read more.

Increase in online sales December 2013

Increase in online sales for a number of brands during the Christmas period, 2013.

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 10 January 2014

Christmas 2013 saw yet another hike in online sales for several multichannel retailers – the trend for shopping online compared to in-store is definitely on the increase for some. Read more.

search and digital marketing review

Search and digital marketing year that was 2013

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 24 December 2013

The search and digital marketing year that was 2013. Take a look here.

End of year round up

End of year round up

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 23 December 2013

A little 2013 random round up with Sarah Thorne; Project Manager (aka THE REAL BOSS!) at 1minus1. Take a look here.

Merry Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Twitter Competition

Things we are making Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 13 December 2013

We're getting in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas and offering our twitter followers the chance to win a bottle of win each day for the next 12 days - it's free to enter! click here for details.

Christmas Jumper Day 2013

Christmas Jumper Day 2013

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 13 December 2013

A really great cause for Save the Children (and of course we really are a gorgeous looking team) take a look at our jumpers.

The Internet Marketing Summit 2013

The Internet Marketing Summit 2013

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 2 December 2013

1minus1 joined 75 delegates at The Internet Marketing Summit at the Radisson Blu, Stanstead for 2 days of intense face to face meetings centered around digital marketing. It was a brilliant event and we had some great conversations, read our quick round up of the summit.

Social Media Marketing 2013 hosted by Our Social Times

Social Media Marketing 2013 Conference

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 30 October 2013

Last week I attended the 'Our Social Times - Social Media Marketing 2013' conference in London. It was a great day with some fantastic speakers including the likes of Dave Chaffey; CEO and Co-Founder of Smart Insights, David Schneider; Consultant, Actor and Writer, That Lot, Katy Howell; CEO of Immediate Future and many more. Take a read of my summary of the day.

10 Beautiful responsive website designs

10 Beautiful Responsive Website Designs.

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 29 October 2013

We're back with another 10 of the best - this time 10 of the most beautiful responsive website designs we've seen this year. Responsive design that is visually and technically beautiful of course... Read more.

Digital Marketing - the 1minus1 infographic on the evolution of marketing

The evolution of marketing, it's a digital world.

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 03 October 2013

Our designer Catherine, has put together an infographic on the evolution of marketing - we're living in a digital world and it's time to get your budget set for the world of digital marketing. Read more.

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, attended RubyShift in Kiev 2013 - here is a round up of this years conference

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, attended RubyShift in Kiev 2013 - here is a round up of this years conference

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 30 September 2013

I made it back from RubyShift 2013! This year, hosted in Kiev. This being my first visit to the Ukraine, and my first RubyShift. I've summarised this years conference speakers - and what a great couple of days in the Ukraine it was... Read more.

Vikki Wise and Andy Pike share the Ruby love at RailsGirls

Vikki Wise and Andy Pike share the Ruby love at RailsGirls

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 25 September 2013

Vikki and Andy joined the Rails Girls as student and teacher on the 18th September 2013, in a coaching session for Ruby on Rails. They both had a great night - and share their first time experiences in this post Read more.

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, 1minus1 will be speaking at Ruby Shift in Kiev 2013

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, 1minus1 will be speaking at RubyShift in Kiev 2013

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 10 September 2013

In Ben's own words "Another awesome opportunity to represent 1minus1 and share some Celluloid and JRuby love!".. Read more.

We're Hiring - Front End Developer

We're hiring! Front End Developer required.

Things we are talking about Posted by Andy Pike on 9 September 2013

We are looking for a motivated Front End developer to join our team that knows what they are doing and has a “can do” attitude. Read more.

Part Two web trends

Web Trends of 2013 - Part Two.

Things we are talking about Posted by Catherine Lines on 3 September 2013

The conclusion to our two part blog post of trends were are seeing in 2013. Read more.

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, 1minus1 takes us through a summary of the speakers at this years conference

Ben Lovell, Senior Developer, 1minus1 takes us through a summary of the speakers at this years conference.

Things we are talking about Posted by Ben Lovell on 21 August 2013

Ben Lovell appeared at this years JRubyConf EU and gave his talk "Live Long and Prosper with Celluloid & JRuby", which was an introduction to the Celluloid ecosystem and the actor model in general.. Read more.

oart one web trends

Web Trends of 2013 - Part One.

Things we are talking about Posted by Catherine Lines on 7 July 2013

Now that we are half way through 2013 we can see some definite trends emerging, Catherine, our inspirational designer, has identified 10 key trends. She explores the first 5 in this two part series of posts. Read more.

things we love - inspirational websites

Things we love - inspirational websites.

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 28 June 2013

We've found some beautiful design and development websites this week - here are 5 that we found really inspirational this week. Read more.

We're Hiring - Senior PHP Software developer

We're hiring! Senior PHP Developers required.

Things we are talking about Posted by Andy Pike on 26 June 2013

We are looking for a motivated senior PHP software developer to join our team that knows what they are doing and has a “can do” attitude. Read more.

2nd July 2013, 18.30 - Andy Pike will be speaking at the next Surrey Rubyists Event

Things we are talking about Posted by Vikki Wise on 19 June 2013

Our Technical Director, Andy Pike will be speaking at SRUG (Surrey Rubyists) on Tuesday 2nd July, 18:30. Exploring the Inversion of Control in Ruby. Read more.

25 Free Chalkboard assets

25 Free and Brilliant Chalkboard Assets

Things we are making Posted by Darragh O'Hagan on 18 June 2013

Chalkboarding is ever popular and trending but its time consuming to find all the assets you need to create your own - so we've put them together in a neat blog post. Read more.

1minus1 Versus the globe - a fun infographic from 1minus1

a 1minus1 infographic - 1minus1 vs The Globe

Things we are making Posted by Catherine Lines on 4 June 2013

We love making infographics, so we had some fun with some amusing stats - don't take us too seriously though, we've been creative with some of our facts and figures! Read more.

Scroll this way for 10 beautiful one page scrolling websites

10 Beautiful One Page Scrolling Websites

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Jane Walker on 29 May 2013

Some of the most beautiful and inspiring one page scrolling websites we have found this week. Read more.

Wireframes Vs User Stories

A test - Wireframing in place of user stories

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah Thorne on 17 May 2013

Sarah describes how she will be running an experiment on how we scope some of our development projects. Wireframes vs user stories - let the test begin!. Read more.

Vector Illustration

Vector Illustration

Things we are making Posted by Cat on 1 February 2013

Vector illustration… now that automatically sounds like a complicated process. However, you will be happy to learn that it is anything but complicated. Once you have a few basics under your belt, and practice a little the process is relatively easy, and completing the process is very rewarding. Read more.

Garden Mentor App created by 1minus1

Garden Mentor mobile application released

Things we are making Posted by Jonathan on 2 November 2012

In June this year, 1minus1 launched a mobile application for a client called Garden Mentor, a plant reference guide and to-do list tool for mobile devices. Read more about the Garden Mentor app.

Alcogenius Android App created by 1minus1

Introducing Alcogenius!

Things we are making Posted by Darragh on 21 July 2012

1minus1 has recently released an Android App into the Google store allowing a user to log the number of units consumed over certain periods of time and then compare them against national averages to indicate to a user whether they are above or below the recommended levels. Read more about our Alcogenius app.

Creating design for pitches

Creating design for sales pitches

Things we are talking about Posted by Darragh on 19 October 2011

There are so many reasons that creating designs as part of a pitch is a bad idea; and it isn't just a bad idea for us as the potential supplier (we prefer 'partner'). It's also a bad idea for potential clients, a bad idea for other companies in our industry, and a bad idea for companies in any industry where design might be required as part of a pitch. Here are just a few of the reasons why.Read more about creating design for sales pitches.

Decorating the 1minus1 office

Decorating the 1minus1 office

Things we are talking about Posted by Sarah on 13 June 2011

We've been decorating at our Farnham, Surrey HQ. Since we have been here a good few months now, we felt it was about time to get stuck in and get creative. Especially since we have all this illustration and graphics skills ... why not show it off? Read more about our office decor.

Feedbackize

Feedbackize

Things we are making Posted by Andy on 12 May 2011

Feedbackize is the newest of our labs projects in development. Created in Ruby, it is a super simple way to provide either open or closed (private) feedback to anyone and everyone. Like Updayte.me (our other Ruby product in development), we are going to release Feedbackize as a free product, and we are using it to showcase our skills, and release something that we hope people might use and enjoy. Read more about the Feedbackize website.

Introducing Razorback

Introducing Razorback

Things we are making Posted by Andy on 18 April 2011

Razorback is our CMS and eCommerce platform. Although at first glance this does not sound very interesting, Razorback is currently our most important piece of software. Since its first deployment on a live website in May of 2010, we have launched a further two dozen websites using Razorback as the Content Management System. It is proved itself to be an absolutely key asset for the company, because we built it to address as many of the problems we faced with other CMS's as we could. Read more about our CMS and e-commerce platform Razorback.