News Red Badger Team

A new milestone for Red Badger

When we started Red Badger, we did it because we believed that there was a better way to help businesses transform digitally than the consultancy options that were available at the time. We set out to create an environment where great people could do great work focused on quality, value and collaboration. Nearly seven years later, we still believe this is true.

Technology Marcel Cutts

A pioneer's guide to Alexa

Have you seen Star Trek? If you haven’t, you should. One of the pieces of future tech that is quietly on display throughout the show is the ability to talk to the computer. Whether it’s asking the computer where someone is or ordering a cup of earl grey tea - the computer has no problem understanding the questions it is asked, and who’s asking them.

Roman Schejbal

Skilling Up With Alexa

For the last couple of weeks, Graham, Marcel, Sinem and I have been experimenting with Amazon’s Alexa Echo Dot. An Electric Hockey Puck that uses voice recognition powered by Amazon Alexa voice assistant. In this blog I’d like to explain how one goes about creating their first Alexa skill.

UX & Design Sinem Erdemli

Designing a talkative hockey puck

VUI is new territory for both developers and designers. Developers are ramping up their skills to make machines take inputs and make sense of them better, while designers work on making the interaction less mechanic

Technology,Badger Life Fabio Volpe

Karma Tracker

Karma Tracker is a Red Badger project, implemented in Clojure, that tracks contributions to OpenSource projects by the members of an organisation.

UX & Design Clementine Brown

From Stick Man to Star Man - a sketching guide for Design Thinking

As sketching is often seen as an extension of writing and speaking, of course there is going to be some anxiety if you believe you are unfamiliar with, or unpracticed in, the language you are being asked to use. One solution to overcome this is to offer a simple and unified language in which to sketch: Sketch Thinking.

Natalie Lappage

Making Time, no excuses

Starting a new job brings the inevitable challenges of everything being new - routine, colleagues, locations and ways of working. While you obviously have an opportunity to gauge a company culture during the interview process, you don’t really know how good a fit you and the company will be until you get started. 

Technology Andrew Haines

Failing with style – improved Clojure test summaries on CircleCI

Continuous integration servers like Jenkins and CircleCI can display summaries of test results, surfacing information like “which of our tests are slow?” and, crucially, “which of our tests are failing?”. We've released an open-source plugin for Clojure projects to make it easier to identify and diagnose test failures in these summaries.

Technology Etiene Dalcol

A truly open conference - Lua language at FOSDEM

On the weekend of the 4th & 5th February I went to Brussels to participate on FOSDEM, Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, for the 3rd time. FOSDEM is the biggest free and open source software conference in Europe and it is the one event I absolutely can’t miss ever since I moved here.

Technology Melissa Marshall

Integration testing: You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means

A good test harness is an essential safety net in any code base. Tests save us from ourselves – from writing bad functions, regressing existing features, and creating user journeys with dead ends. Most importantly, they give us a sense of trust that what we release to the world, while never perfect, is at least functional and getting better and better all the time.

UX & Design,Process Sari Griffiths

Cross-functional teams without UXD

You can’t really call it a cross-functional team if there isn’t UX and Design in it to deliver your product. But we see so many times we get a request to take out UXD from our team structure. Sound reasonable to you? Let me explain why they are not.

Badger Life Becca Evans

A Badger's guide to London

In just a few weeks (eek) we are hosting the first React conference in London - React London 2017. The plan for the conference day itself is of course all taken care of but as lots of our guests are coming from outside of London we thought it would be nice to make some suggestions about how to make the most of any extra time in London.

Technology Etiene Dalcol

React London Meetup - January 2017

This January 24th we gathered for another React London meetup. Pizza and drinks brought us joy and warmth while Facebook’s office got packed with hundreds of developers excited for a great round of talks.