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Ben Still

Ben Still 25 Mar 2014

Defining a Digital Product

One of the things we focus on is developing Digital Products. These are websites that provide some form of utility to users - these allow people to “do” stuff

Ben Still 02 Jan 2014

What we’ve been working on- Developing 12WBT for the USA

We’ve been working on building the Michelle Bridges 12WBT platform in Australia for several years. A shiny new US version of the platform which launched this week.

Ben Still 19 Dec 2013

The WordPress Effect

The growth of tools like Wordpress have had a massive impact on the web development market. It’s created two very distinct areas with a huge gap between.

Ben Still 23 Oct 2013

The perils of ecommerce. Objects may appear larger and better than they actually are

Ever bought something online that wasn’t what you thought it was?

Ben Still 17 Sep 2013

Doing it on the small screen doesn’t always mean a mobile App. Actually it probably shouldn’t.

Most of our projects now have over 50% mobile traffic. So mobile strategy is becoming increasingly important

Ben Still 16 Sep 2013

Fast follower strategy DOA?

Five reasons why we think your fast follower strategy might not work out so well.

Ben Still 10 Apr 2013

Getting more efficient with our Ruby on Rails projects

"convention over configuration". How to improve team effectiveness and quality.

Ben Still 07 Apr 2013

Testing web projects

One of the things we’ve started doing quite differently over the last few years is how we test our web projects

Ben Still 19 Dec 2012

Have you noticed how fast some sites are these days?

Have you noticed that some of the sites you use have been getting super fast lately?

Ben Still 04 Oct 2012

Mobile first - 5 key constraints on mobile devices

Get ahead by going ‘mobile first’. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges we face when doing so.

Ben Still 25 Sep 2012

Vulnerability scanning

Vulnerability scanning software Ruby on Rails analysis

Ben Still 30 Aug 2012

We’ve finally made it - from bucket to bokashi to 3 compost bins

Green offices of the present future: office composting.

Ben Still 17 Jun 2012

Going Mobile

Mobile traffic is growing crazy like. If you’re addressing this already by thinking about a mobile aspect of your website, great! If not, read on…

Ben Still 28 Feb 2012

A look inside our Jenkins Pipeline - how we make reliable stuff

How we build relational trust; our integrated testing pipeline

Ben Still 24 Feb 2012

How a project gets tested and deployed with GitFlow

GitFlow is the way of the future. Find out why and how here.

Ben Still 31 Jan 2012

Clicktale Review - how the technology really works and why it didn’t for us

It could be so good, but sadly Clicktale doesn’t do everything it says on the box.

Ben Still 25 Jan 2012

Jira priorities- the story of Team Six and The Iceberg

Seal teams, titanic sinkers and our prioritization ratings.

Ben Still 16 Jan 2012

Michelle Bridges 12WBT build

The initial build of the Michelle Bridges 12WBT project

Ben Still 17 Nov 2010

The blog that isn’t a blog - and here’s why

We’ve recently launched a new blog feature on the Huggies site. But it’s a blog with a difference.

Ben Still 25 Oct 2010

I’d like an iPhone app. Ten tips for your iphone app design brief

Ten quick tips: considerations for your iphone app design brief

Ben Still 04 Oct 2010

Yates Problem Solver iPhone App

We take you through our great new iPhone app designed to help solve those common garden problems.

Ben Still 22 Sep 2010

Our recent interactive tools

Who doesn’t like to be out in the sun, gardening and getting your fingers all green? Well now you can do all that from the comfort of your living room!

Ben Still 18 May 2010

Webby awards honoree for tails for whales

The Tails for Whales site has been selected as an honoree for the Webby Awards.

Ben Still 08 Jan 2010

User generated content

It’s always great to get some user feedback. Brett was kind enough to make this video about "Tails for Whales"

Ben Still 02 Aug 2009

Why we use Ruby on Rails

We do a lot of work with a programming language called Ruby on Rails. This is why.

Ben Still 31 Jul 2009

Multi-variate testing

Lately, we’ve been doing quite a bit of work on sites which involve multi-variate (MV) testing

Ben Still 30 Jul 2009

Refactoring a design

We’ve recently spent some time adding some new features to a site that we built a while back.

Ben Still 30 Jul 2009

Fat footers - should they include a sitemap

There’s a bit of a design trend at the moment towards making more of the footer area at the bottom of your site.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Visualising your online customer funnel

Refine your user experience and create better ROI by taking an internal look at what happens when your customer visits your site.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Tails for Whales

Tails was whales has been a huge success, and we’ve loved working on it. And now we’re making it even better.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Snapshot of our latest work

Here are a few of the projects that have been keeping us busy lately

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Red Ant web design award at UTS

It’s been a good few years of sponsoring the UTS design awards, here’s to this one, and many more!

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Oooh we’ve been busy little ants...

Would you like to see what we’ve been doing lately? From inspiring kids to read to launching the new Kleenex website, it’s all here.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

New work on Beautyheaven update

The latest release of Beauty Heaven is part of a number of changes that we’ve been making to the site to improve functionality and performance - faster, higher and that sort of stuff.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Get the Red Ant desktop wallpaper

Download your Red Ant desktop wallpaper today.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Earth Hour 2008

Last March, Sydney had an event called Earth Hour. Teaming up with Leo Burnett, we designed and built the website for what has become an iconic event across the world.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

But is it viral?

Viral - doing it right. We analyse 2 website that are using viral as part of their big push for consumer love and affection.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

Building a meaningful forum

Thought goes into building a good solid forum, especially one with high traffic (like the one we built for Huggies). Here are some things to consider.

Ben Still 13 Jul 2009

A tale of two bumps - Youtube vs Superbowl

Is traditional broadcast advertising on its way out? The data is certainly giving us that impression.

Ben Still 09 Jul 2009

How we Wiki

Red Ant + clients + Wiki = awesome knowledge collaboration and sharing.

Ben Still 13 Jun 2009

Tracking stuff - part one

Bugs, no body likes them, everyone has to deal with them. Here’s how we’ve tried tracking ours so far.

Ben Still 13 Jun 2009

Sign up forms are tricky to do well

Ryan Singer talks about 10 different ways to do sign up forms.

Ben Still 13 Jun 2009

Interface friction on job sites

How many steps do you really need to take to put a job ad up?

Ben Still 23 Dec 2008

A good visual design brief

A well written brief is all sorts of good. We explain why and what to consider when writing your own.

Ben Still 13 Aug 2008

We’ve been busy ants

We’ve been busy little ants over the last few months

Ben Still 13 Aug 2008

Text Cloud in Flash

Visualising a list of information in interesting ways

Ben Still 13 Aug 2008

ie5- is there anybody out there?

Are any humans still actually using IE5? Or is it just bots

Ben Still 13 Jul 2008

Red Ant creative award at UTSR

We’re sponsoring an award at the design school of University of Technology, Sydney.