BizCraft Episode 52: Carl interviews Andy Budd

BizCraft Ep.52

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This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

This episode

Carl interviews longtime leader in web design/dev and founding partner of Clearleft Andy Budd @andybudd.

About Andy Budd
andy buddAndy Budd has been blogging about design and technology since 2003. He was one of the leading lights of the web standards movement and his book, CSS Mastery has sold over 60,000 copies and has been translated into a dozen languages. Andy has moved away from the development world over the last few years and is currently focused on the way people interact with technology.

Andy Budd is one of the founding partners at User Experience Design Consultancy, Clearleft. As a leading authority on interaction design, Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like The Web 2.0 Expo, An Event Apart and SXSW. Andy curates dConstruct, one of the most popular design conferences in the UK. He’s also responsible for UX London, the UK’s first dedicated Usability, Information Architecture and User Experience Design event. Andy is the driving force behind Silverbackapp, a low cost usability testing tool for the Mac. He also plays a supporting role at Fontdeck, Clearleft’s web type start-up.

Andy has helped judge several international design awards such as the British Interactive Media Awards. Andy also sits on the advisory board for .Net Magazine, although this has absolutely (cough) nothing to do with them wining agency of the year last year. In May 2010, Wired Magazine named Andy one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK digital sector, much to the pride of his mother and the surprise of everybody else.

Andy lives in Brighton with his lovely girlfriend, Alison. He’s a keen traveller and a reasonable cook. Never happier than when he’s diving some remote tropical atoll, Andy is a qualified PADI dive instructor and retired shark wrangler.

Episode Overview

– Scope of doing business at Cleareft
– What it’s like to do business in europe
– The scope of employees who work at “the bigs” vs. service shops
– The state of the service shop business
– What are the benefits you give the world by existing as a company


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.