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Josh O'Riordan

Josh
O'Riordan

Creative Director

Josh believes first and foremost in developing people. He is inspired to help everyone on the team become the very best version of themselves and guide them to fulfil their potential. He also uses his creative flair to input on design across a range of Brightec projects, both in terms of client work and internal culture and branding. Josh is driven to continuously learn new skills and technologies, keen to understand every single aspect of a project.

Josh O'Riordan Profile

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Creative Teams

This series explores the principles that have helped shape the creative teams I have worked with, as well as myself

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Essential Brightec
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Creative Teams - A Series

Over the years, I have learnt a lot about how best to run teams. Although the job is never ‘done’, the last 12 months’ events have prompted an opportunity to write a blog series exploring the most poignant lessons that have stuck with us at Brightec.

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Staying Hungry

Knowing where inspiration comes from means that our 'creating' doesn't become a factory line of churning out the same old thing.

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Getting the Job Done

A sound understanding of what it is to do creative work and get the job done is vital for team health and long-term client relationships.

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Being Considerately Passionate

We could be utterly passionate or utterly considerate, but the middle ground is where we want to be.

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Candidness

Openness, honesty and frankness lead us to the most creative and best work.

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Developing Empathy

What if I was bold enough to say that developing empathy is the most crucial skill that any creative team can continue to grow. Would you agree?

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7 Ways To Create A Phenomenal User Experience In Your Ecommerce App

If you’re thinking of developing a mobile commerce app for your retail business, the biggest question you’re probably asking yourself is: how do we create something our customers will genuinely want to use, and keep them coming back?

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How To Market Your New Retail App Effectively

How are you going to make your retail app offering really stand out from the crowd?

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Developing A Stand-out E-commerce App: Your Questions Answered

When it comes to ecommerce app creation, a customer-led approach is key.

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What Do Your Customers Expect From Your Retail App?

When one of your customers chooses to download your retail app, they’ve made a commitment to you.

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How Do You Create A Seamless Checkout Experience In Your Ecommerce App?

When it comes to online shopping and retail apps, the moment of checkout is a decisive point in the shopping flow.

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How Can Your Retail App Create A Great Shopping Experience For Your Customers?

A great-looking, seamless retail app design that focuses on delivering an exceptional shopping experience is the holy grail for successful online retail business.

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What is an Android Spinner?

"What is an Android Spinner?" – A common question with a less than obvious answer. In this article, we look at what an Android Spinner is and where it is used.

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Awarded for Happiness

We're really excited that MDHub awarded Brightec an award for happiness.

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HowTo: Sketch Smart Layout for buttons with icons and labels Design
HowTo: Sketch Smart Layout for buttons with icons and labels
If you haven’t heard, sketch has released their biggest feature since symbol overrides.
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How Brightec actually invest in culture

Answering the question of how we "actually" do culture is critical to our growth.

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Adding Colours to a Sketch Material Theme Library
The Material Theme Editor for Sketch is game-changing, but sometimes two colours aren't enough.
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We've changed our R and D format... again
We've gone from helping each other out to embracing the BrightSide.
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Creating Vector Drawables for Android
We've been busy creating vector drawables for Android using Sketch.
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Every company needs its own B.O.B
Running multiple app development projects at the same time with one team isn't easy. Here's how we approach it.
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What is brand consciousness and why is it important?
Having a brand is fine, but it’s nothing if it’s only a pdf in a folder.
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What does ‘Brightec’ mean?

We ventured deep into the countryside to find ourselves…

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CI CD In Depth
CI and CD is important for us and our clients
It can be difficult to explain to our clients what CI and CD processes are (let alone why they're beneficial). So here's our explanation.
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Meetup People
Why we run a Meetup (and why you should too)
The main way we support and give back to our local developer community is by running Brighton Mobile Meetup, 
a monthly meetup for mobile & digital companies in Brighton. But, why?
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Encouragement changes everything
How we learnt to praise each other honestly and openly to get the most out of our team.
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Design sprints: Problem solved, design — to do
In design sprints, prototypes are like scaffolding - quickly erected and often a little dirty. Be careful with what you do with them after.
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R+D is over, what can I do for you?
Why you should keep researching and developing your research and development time.
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How Design Sprints changed us forever
We recently ran our first design sprint with a client and loved it. However, it's been the impact on our own business which has been even greater.
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Affecting change -   Kaizen style
How a simple Kaizen sheet helped reinvent our work culture.
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Every kick-off needs a gut reaction
How and why we use gut reaction tests to start our kick-off workshops
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Coaching People
Coaching for greatness
How we overcame our cynicism and built a coaching structure to help our staff (and eventually our company) to thrive.
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Hackathon Reviews
The Take Off Hackathon
65 developers, designers and entrepreneurs gathered to The White Loft in Southwark for a travel-focused Hackathon.
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Planning for Kickoff workshops
Kickoff workshops are crucial for effective client engagement
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Amazon App Summit
We spent the day at CodeNode for the Amazon App Summit.
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Post your location to Slack

Here we describe how to use Slack to aid remote working with your team.

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5 tricks to get the most out of Slack
These five easy tips will enable Slack to simplify your work life.
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3 simple Slack rules
These simple house rules will help you get the best out of Slack.
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3 great ways to setup Slack
Here are three ways to setup Slack to enhance your organisation
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Information for the Google Play Store
Your app is designed, developed and ready to go. What next? Time for the app stores.
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Some quick thoughts from Google I/O 2015
Last week we hosted a Brighton Mobile Developers Meetup for the Google I/O 2015. Here are some of our initial thoughts:
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Information for the App Store
So you have an app! Job done? Almost, there is a little more work to do yet.
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Brighton Mobile Development Meet-up - 23 April
We were thrilled to help organise the second ever Brighton Mobile Development Meet-up
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Lean Coffee with The Happy Startup
Armed with nothing but a selection of multi-coloured post-it notes, we sent Josh to explore ‘The Happy Startup School’.
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App in review - 8tracks
Josh took some time to look into the popular 8tracks app and gave us a handy summary of thoughts and observations.
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7 difficulties of internationalisation & localisation
Seven of the most difficult aspects of internationalisation and localisation.
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Development device shelf
How do we store, charge and send builds to our development devices?
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8 Observations on the LG G Watch
We test drove the new LG G Watch - and this is what we discovered.
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Agile Methodology and our clients - Part 2: User Stories
How can you successfully utilise User Stories within in agile framework?
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Agile Methodology and our clients - Part 1
Agile development methodology really helps to get the job done.
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Thoughts on Google IO 2014

Google IO is their annual developer conference here are our thoughts.

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