Are web designers/developers prone to becoming busy fools? The thought crossed my mind as I chatted to a friend about some upcoming projects. We always seem to be so busy, but busy not actually getting things done. Continue reading
On the 18th July I attended an excellent all day conference in Cardiff about ‘The Business of Web Design’ arranged by Joel Hughes (of Port80 fame). The day had a full on schedule of speakers that covered all topics from going freelance to enhancing profitably and education clients to say the word we only want to hear – ‘Yes’. Continue reading
As Siamese Dream celebrated it’s 21st birthday I thought back to my teenage years and stuck the album on Spotify. With every chord and riff it reminded me of the countless hours trying to learn the tabs for Mayonnaise, and failing miserably to replicate their sound by cutting out all the middle on my little Peavey practice amp and whacking the treble, bass and of course distortion on full. Continue reading
Last weekend I did my first Parkrun. The idea had been buzzing round my head for much of 2013, along with a few other things that never quite materialised. A new year gave me the added incentive to sort myself out and work back up to fitness. Continue reading
The time has come.. it had to eventually. I know we are probably slightly off the curve on this but it is just no longer viable to “try” and support Internet Explorer 7 and 8 within modern coding practices/quotes. Continue reading
As per the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler you “gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em”. This applies to so many more facets of life than just gambling. Choosing what battles to fight, points to persist with or indeed functionality on a project is important to your own sanity if anything. Continue reading
It had been such a fun holiday, blue skies, hot sunny days and lovely balmy evenings. We had been snorkelling every day, learning where the best spots were at our local beach and a couple of spots further afield.
We made plans for the last day, a kayaking trip across the bay to an island that we had heard was a beach turtles lay eggs on. After seeing one on one of our morning swims we were keen to get over and see what it was like.
I wasn’t quite prepared for what followed when I woke up in the middle of the night. Continue reading
It had been a long time in discussion. Dates came and went with all manner of reasons and excuses. Finally after reading about “THE #MICROADVENTURE 2013 CHALLENGE” commitment was made, days were booked off work and the proper planning began.
The first choice was the location and Crickhowell became an early front runner due to having a route over Crug Mawr that had been aborted 3 times due to mechanical or weather based problems. As the days went on though the weather didn’t look like it was going to be great so a back up location of Church Stretton was also decided upon so that we could go where the weather might be kindest. Continue reading
Originally written as part of an article published on www.creativebloq.com (http://www.creativebloq.com/responsive-web-design/get-started-5132987) Saturday, 25th May, 2013
It is three years since Ethan Marcotte penned the term responsive web design in his renowned article of the same name name on alistapart.com. Things have moved forward at pace both in the ways we deal with responsive design and the amount of devices that now allow us to access the web and finally large companies like Starbucks and the Guardian are embracing the responsive ethos.
So, what is responsive web design and why should you start using it? Continue reading
People say a tidy desk tidy mind and the like and as much as I try to adhere to this tidy and clean way of existing I can’t help stashing bits and bobs that seem like they might be useful in the future.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not like a person you would see on the telly living in filth with 3feet of rubbish everywhere but as a designer I have a habit of keeping pictures, magazines and images in a badly organised fashion. I also love gadgets and so there are countless old phones, hard drives and pc/mac bits and bobs like an elephants graveyard.
So today I was so pleased that for once my stashing and hoarding turned up trumps. Continue reading