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Command-line usability: A terminal user’s thought process

By Robin Winslow on 8 September 2017

I’ve been thinking about the usability of command-line terminals a lot recently. Command-line interfaces remain mystifying to many people. Usability hobbyists seem as inclined to ask why the terminal exists, as how to optimise it. I’ve…

Webteam development summary

By Anthony Dillon on 6 September 2017

Iteration 6 dating between 14th to the 25th of August This iteration saw a lot of work on and on the migration of from WordPress to a fresh new Jekyll site project. Continued research and planning…

Cookie notification component

By Anthony Dillon on 22 August 2017

We’ve all seen the annoying cookie notification which website owners are legally obliged to include on their sites. We can’t avoid them, so let’s have some fun with them. Previously, for Canonical’s sites, the cookie notification was…

Vanilla Framework has a new website

By Inayaili de León Persson on 14 August 2017

We’re happy to announce the long overdue Vanilla Framework website, where you can find all the relevant links and resources needed to start using Vanilla.   The homepage of   When you visit the new site,…

Simplifying local development: The ./run executable

By Robin Winslow on 5 July 2017

Canonical’s webteam manage over 18 websites as well as many supporting projects and frameworks. These projects are built with any combination of Python, Ruby, NodeJS, Go, PostgreSQL, MongoDB or OpenStack Swift. We have 9 full-time…


By Matthew Paul Thomas on 3 July 2017

Many open-source software developers use GitHub. Let’s make it as easy as possible for them to build and release their code automatically.

June’s reading list

By Inayaili de León Persson on 3 July 2017

Here are the best links shared by the design team in June 2017: How I Create Talks Technical Speaker Starter Kit 4 Things I Know About Pattern Libraries The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching MVP: I Do Not Think That Word…

May’s reading list

By Inayaili de León Persson on 1 June 2017

Here are the best links shared by the design team in May 2017: Introducing a faster BBC News front page Brick Block Create storyboards for your animations Introducing the Citymapper Smartbus Design Better Data Tables Screen Sizes: Viewport…

Our open source websites

By Robin Winslow on 31 May 2017

Nowadays free software is everywhere – from browsers to encryption software to operating systems. Even so, it is still relatively rare for the code behind websites and services to be opened up. Stepping into the open Three years ago…

April’s reading list

By Inayaili de León Persson on 2 May 2017

Here are the best links shared by the design team in April 2017: Joe Coleman: Sliding degrees of ‘hard sell’ Mockuuups Studio & Sketch Reasons to conference 2017: Design, Code & Create Hamburger Menu Alternatives for Mobile…

Designing in the open

By Anthony Dillon on 25 April 2017

Over the past year, a change has emerged in the design team here at Canonical: we’ve started designing our websites and apps in public GitHub repositories, and therefore sharing the entire design process with the world. One of the main…

What we learned at our first official GV design sprint

By Inayaili de León Persson on 4 April 2017

Last month the web team ran its first design sprint as outlined in The Sprint Book, by Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp. Some of us had read the book recently and really wanted to give the method a try, following the book to the letter.…