A practical guide to designing for the web (Book review)

May 20th, 2009

Mark Boulton’s Five Simple Steps: A practical guide to designing for the web has to be my favourite web design book of the year. One of the many things I really love about it is the personalised anecdotal style applied throughout. It’s the kind of book that will age gracefully as it doesn’t dwell too […]

Milton Keynes Tyre and Brake (MKT & B Centre)

May 20th, 2009

If you live in Bletchley, Milton Keynes or anywhere nearby and you’re looking for a good, honest, family-run garage to get your car serviced then I suggest look look no further than Milton Keynes Tyre and Brake (MKT&B).

edweb09 facilitated by Headscape

May 20th, 2009

The¬†edweb09 workshop was held over two days, 14-15th May 2009 and was facilitated by¬†Headscape, a web development company based in Hampshire, UK. The workshop was aimed at those web managers working in the UK higher education sector and covered four distinct topics: usability, accessibility, content management systems and writing for the web. I was lucky […]

What’s so great about Second Life?

April 14th, 2009

I paid a visit to SecondLife a couple of years ago to find out what all the buzz was about. It was a bit like the Sims meets Grand Theft Auto but with no missions to do. After a while I felt it was a bit of a glorified chat room albeit one where you […]

Flickr: All Rights Reserved

March 31st, 2009

Professional photographers get pretty annoyed when their photos appear on third-party sites without their permission despite this being the default behaviour of the Flickr API.

Random ring tone

March 30th, 2009

Picture the scene. I’m sat in the open plan office and I get a text message. My message alert sounds. Everybody laughs as the 70s Open University motif from the BBC trills through the tiny but impressively loud speaker of my Nokia e51.

jQuery UI 1.6: The User Interface Library for jQuery (Book review)

March 27th, 2009

Dan Wellman’s book jQuery UI 1.6 (ISBN 978-1-847195-12-8) from Packt Publishing is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started tinkering with jQuery. Firstly, I’m a web designer, not a developer. Scripting scares me. I’m really out of my comfort zone when I need to bring a web page to life […]

Learning jQuery 1.3 (Book review)

March 19th, 2009

A lot of web designers, myself included, are mostly concerned with the way things look when people visit the web sites we create. We’re all about the design — layout, typography, colour, graphics and how they enhance the user experience. We start with some sketches, do some wire-frames and rapidly move into software like Photoshop […]

links for 2009-02-20

February 20th, 2009

Mobile Web 2009 = Desktop Web 1998 (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) Mobile phone users struggle mightily to use websites, even on high-end devices. To solve the problems, websites should provide special mobile versions. (tags: webdesign mobileweb)

links for 2009-02-19

February 19th, 2009

Clean CSS A Resource for Web Designers – Optmize and Format your CSS. Very useful for people like me who start messy and wanna clean up later. (tags: webdesign css tools)