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How to dynamically choose the correct font colour based on a background colour in Power BI tables.
Making your Power BI reports accessible is crucial, and one important aspect is legibility. If you're using background colours to represent certain categories, then you need any text that's used in conjunction with that background to be as clear as possible. This blog demonstrates how to dynamically select the best font colour to overlay on any chosen background colour.
Guardian Masterclass - An introduction to Data Visualisation
A few years ago, I attended a Guardian 1-day Masterclass - Introduction to Data Visualisation. What I did not know then was that it would have a profound effect on how I view design. This blog is a recap of that day and reference points to consider when designing and creating graphics for data visualisation.
Depositing Cheques via a Mobile Banking Experience
It is possibly that I have only recently discovered one of my favourite pieces of UX whilst on lockdown - Mobile cheques deposits via digital imaging in my banking app. In this short post I share my experience of discovering a simple but practical piece of UX that made me happy.
Five quick tips for public speaking
We all get nervous in the run up to a public speaking event. However, there are things we can do which help alleviate some of the pressure. Here are 5 quick tips around preparing for a talk!
Reactive data processing and a huge wealth of learning - A year as an Apprentice II at endjin
Here is a blog written by our apprentice Carmel after her second year of the apprenticeship. We think it demonstrates the huge variety of things we get to work on here at endjin, and highlights the best of the blogs that Carmel produced through during the year - of which there were a lot!If you think an apprenticeship with us is something which might interest you - send a CV through to firstname.lastname@example.org!
A beginner's guide to agile estimation and planning
In this post Carmel runs through some of the main principles behind agile estimation and planning. At endjin we use a lot of these techniques in our projects and this is a great post which highlights the reasons behind some of what we do. The key motivation behind good estimation is to be useful for project planning. There is a huge amount of inherent uncertainty surrounding estimates, especially early in the project. So, we shift our aim from 100% precise, or "true", estimates, and towards providing estimates which are useful and accurate. Carmel also runs through the steps in an agile delivery and release process. Definitely worth the read if you have an interest in agile and/or project management!
A Bit of a Christmas Do in the Country with Benchpeg
In 2016, endjin redesigned the Benchpeg website, migrating it from a 10-year-old platform over to our own CMS system - Vellum – so the Benchpeg team could have greater control over their content management and halve the day-to-day workload for generating content. This is a creative post about the practical experiences gained from 1-day silversmithing workshop at the invitation of Benchpeg.
Reasons to: Round up of the Sessions I Attended
The 3-day "Reasons To" conference was held in Brighton in September 2016. The conference is a fusion of disciplines: design, development, illustration, 3D modelling and data visualisation to name a few. In this post Paul Waller provides an overview of the sessions he attended and the ideas that really sparked his imagination.
Designing for television: food safe props for The Great British Menu 2014
Throughout endjin's history we have been invited to work on a host of projects. In late 2013 we were asked if we could produce a series of graphics props for the Great British Menu 2014. In this post we talk about the research and production methods behind developing graphics for television.
Bootstrap 3 At A Glance - Part One - Motivations
Example of a full-width bleed using Bootstrap 3
High-Res Prototyping Tips: How we eliminated waste and enabled collaboration
At endjin we believe in collaboration and the ability to pull together expertise and ideas. In this post we talk about the collaborative efforts between designers and developers the importance of communication, a step by step guide followed by some handy tips.
Example Responsive Layout Using Bootstrap
Tips for implementing responsive designs using Bootstrap 3
It's more than just merchandise: Developing a visual language
Laying the foundations to build a brand doesn't happen overnight. At endjin it taken many years to develop our brand look and tone of voice. In this post we talk about developing our visual language so that we can maintain a consistent look and feel across all our collateral.
Live by the sword: A practical approach to our own digital strategy
7 years ago, feels like a lifetime - for you eldest it is - but this was when endjin took the first steps in refreshing our website promoting our cloud expertise and mobile first responsive design. In this post we talk about our strategic, creative, prototyping and production processes to deliver our website and enforce our brand.