Johnny Bridges

Johnny Bridges

London, UK Cofounder @artificiallabs Joined almost 10 years ago

  • 2 stories
  • Posted to Ask DN: Design Agencies - how do you bill your clients?, Apr 07, 2017

    Our usual setup:

    • Discuss deliverables with client; create a quote with full breakdown of estimated number of man-days required to deliver each deliverable; charge a fixed day rate per designer / developer needed
    • 40% deposit, 60% balance before go live
    • Legals must be signed before any work starts; contract outlines the general rules of engagement (e.g. late payment penalties, missing deadline consequences, non-acceptance of various types of liability etc)
    • Xero to manage accounts and issue invoices (also integrates with time trackers etc if needed)
    • TeamWeek to plan who's working on what, and when
    • CharlieHR for general HR stuff

    Hope this helps

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  • Posted to This coffee shop hasn't opened yet and I hope they never change their website, Feb 25, 2017

    It's responsive!

    10 points
  • Posted to Do you have any business tips you wish you knew when you started out?, Nov 20, 2016

    Assuming that you're good at what you do, the most important thing to remember is the age old adage –

    Revenue is vanity. Profit is sanity. Cash is reality.

    You only run out of cash once, so manage your cashflow properly! Ensure that you have at least a simple one-pager contract for all work; which sets out payment terms etc. Take a deposit before you start work. Potentially offer a small discount for early payment and/or fines/interest for late payment.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Who is hiring? (August 2016), Aug 02, 2016

    Hi everyone,

    Artificial are looking for Senior UX and Senior UI Designers.

    We're currently building two fairly niche platforms for use in the specialist insurance market, aiming to create a fully integrated suite of tools that modernises much of the Lloyds insurance process.

    We feel that the insurance industry is extremely antiquated, much more so than banking. Banking and finance are currently experiencing their renaissance with fintech. We believe it is only a matter of time before the insurance industry experiences a similar renaissance.

    We would therefore like to be on the forefront of the insurance modernisation by providing users with better tools, allowing them to do their jobs more easily and efficiently. We have big plans, but need to start small - hence our niche products at this stage.

    We're currently a team of 15 who are based in London near Bank, with an additional satellite office in Warsaw, Poland (based out of Tech hub Warsaw). We welcome remote work, but would prefer you to be in a European timezone if possible.

    If you're interested or would like to chat, please send an email to

    We'll arrange Skype calls for any interviews. We would like to see your portfolio with any case studies if possible.

    Thanks, Johnny

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Does your project or team use ? We'd love to know!, Jul 08, 2016

    We use it in most projects! Most recently as part of the frontend build for

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Got any great domain names you're not using?, Aug 24, 2015

    I have a few, could be persuaded to sell...

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  • Posted to Who's also DJ:ing?, May 29, 2015

    Bloody hell, just realised that the last set we (I was part of a DJ duo) recorded was in 2012!

    Need to get back into it.

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  • Posted to Why we don’t use WordPress anymore, in reply to Russell Heimlich , May 21, 2015

    Nice! I agree, you can definitely do complex and cool stuff with WP.

    We built this a while ago and although it does some complex stuff on the WP backend, in hindsight it would have been much faster/easier to develop the same functionality with more suitable tools.

    We were fighting with WP on numerous occasions, making the development process somewhat tiresome after a while.

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  • Posted to Why we don’t use WordPress anymore, in reply to Wouter Ramaker , May 21, 2015

    I like this idea, will definitely test it out!

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  • Posted to Why we don’t use WordPress anymore, in reply to Thibault Maekelbergh , May 21, 2015

    I agree, our main grievance is that developing on top of WP just isn't a pleasant experience.

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