Skyscanner’s design system, ‘Backpack’, played a crucial role in enabling our recent brand refresh. In the latest post on our Engineering blog, Shaun Donnelly looks at how having a design system helped Skyscanner with its makeover— and could help your business in the same way. Check it out 👇
Skyscanner offices with the most Halloween spirit 👻? Definitely Miami and Budapest 👇👌👏 And on this unique holiday, we'd just like to remind you to use Skyscanner to search for frights, motels, and killer car (hire deals)...
Last week was Inclusion Week at Skyscanner. We held a series of events aimed at helping us understand more about our team’s needs and create great digital experiences for ALL of our travellers. As well as hosting a superb talks series, we set up empathy labs in both our London and Glasgow offices to help our team members empathise more deeply with travellers experiencing permanent, temporary or situational disabilities. We had goggles that simulate different visual impairments, gloves that simulate arthritis in hands, and software that simulates common conditions such as dyslexia, colour blindness and bright sunlight. Using screen readers, keyboard-only controls and the odd pretend baby, we recreated situations which are everyday realities for many of our travellers. The labs were a big success and we collected loads of ideas on how to make our products more accessible – check out the photos below for some Inclusion Week goodness 😊
Skyscanner's Eileen Rogers knows a thing or two about sales; from her job as a human pop-up banner to guiding a top tennis coach through a modern art purchase, she’s bringing everything she’s learnt to her role as the Design Lead for our Modern Advertising Tribe. Read about her journey — and her vision for genuinely traveller-centric ads - on our dedicated marketing blog #mustreads #advertising #design #UX #creative #modern #journey #sales
Say hello to our brand new look! We're still the same Skyscanner, but we've got a new mission - to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel. What does that actually mean? We want to look after our planet so future generations get to explore it, too. Read more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vM0Ii
Our global design director Steve 'Buzz' Pearce will be giving a live interview at 14:30 GMT on Thursday (19th September) as part of Tech Circus' 'Let's Talk UX' series - and you can watch it online, for free! Buzz has worked with brands including the BBC, Lonely Planet, Lego, Alexander McQueen, Jamie Oliver and, of course, Skyscanner in the course of his storied career, and is also on the board of the Government's Design Council. In other words: if you're interested in #design and/or #UX this is a must-attend event. Register below - and enjoy!
Skyscanner is frequently hailed for helping its team members have a great work-life balance - and a great work-life balance means…real time for life-enriching hobbies! Today we’re highlighting the fantastic photography of Ilya Ilford, who has been busy creating a series of portraits of the people of Leith Walk in Edinburgh. Ilya forces himself to be selective and incisive with his subjects by taking his photos with a Rolleiflex camera (which means he's restricted to 12 shots per roll of film). You can view some of his (really rather moving) images, and read about his project in more detail by checking out this recent BBC feature on Ilya and his work 📷 👇
PhocusWire has just launched ‘How I Got Here’ - a fantastic new podcast dedicated to getting the inside stories on the most innovative travel and transportation companies – and the man in the hot-seat for the very first episode is Skyscanner co-founder, former CEO and current chairperson, Gareth Williams! If you like open, honest, and insightful business chat, then you will definitely want to add Gareth’s interview - and How I Got Here - to your must-listen-list 🎙
"Focus on what you enjoy and have a passion for it. I remember reading Good to Great by Jim Collins, and this is the advice he gives. It is advice that I continue to follow and live by. Also, do not try to plan out your entire career. Learn from experiences, improve your skill set and opportunities will come your way." Wise words from Hugh Aitken, Skyscanner's Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, in this revealing Econsultancy interview...
Sprint goals, yoga, guilds, tribes and family: there’s no such thing as an ordinary week for a full stack engineer at Skyscanner, but Stephen Hailey can tell you a little bit about a typical week - his story is live on our engineering blog now 👇