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The writings and ramblings of a web designer, developer, and father.

Macaw

Friends don’t let friends use front page.  Or at least that is the saying some of my fellow designers would always toss around.  The primary issue being the quality of code that front page (and even dreamweaver) would produce when using its WYSIWYG editor was awful. But those early editors did hit upon something that […]

Controlling the Medium

As a musician I will often find myself obsessing about the details in the music I listen to.  Everything from the types of music to what I am playing them through and at what volume.  Consuming any art form is an act in of itself that can alter the perception of the work.  Looking at a […]

WordPress 3.9.1 Released

Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.) Edit images easily With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier […]

Designing for Emotion

Design is not an extra, it is not a project add on, it isn’t window dressing.  It isn’t unneeded page weight or erroneous server requests. Design is a part of every aspect of a project. Design is how a product works, how it looks, how it is interpreted, and how it is cherished.  It is […]

Keeping it Modular

Whether you are building your own blog or a site for a client it is important to remember to build things in a way that allow you to reuse your code.  This is otherwise known as the DRY principle (Don’t Repeat Yourself). While this principle has been common practice in the world of backend development, […]

Organizing Email

While it isn’t always glamorous, keeping your email organized can be crucial when you have to balance multiple clients. In some cases it may simply be trying to stay on top of customer support tickets or perhaps its keeping on top of new client communications.  Either way it can be easy to feel swamped at […]

SVG It!

These days we should all be doing more with SVG given how its much more widely supported (except for IE8). Ian Yates posted a great tutorial over on Nettuts about getting started creating your own SVG’s in Illustrator.  As someone who needs to do more in SVG himself I am going to fire up the […]

Myth Busting: CSS Animations vs. JavaScript

From a guest post over at CSS-Tricks.  Jack Doyle, author of the GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP). Jack does a lot of work with animations in the browser and has discovered that the generic opinion that “CSS is faster” just isn’t true. It’s more than that, as well. I’ll let him explain. Myth Busting: CSS Animations vs. […]

Mobile UX: Websites and Native Apps

A few years ago, as responsive design began to gain traction, I began hearing a somewhat divisive conversation that seemed to fall along whether mobile websites should mimic the same UI paradigms that were already popular in native mobile applications. I believe part of the debate was muddled by the types of content that sometimes […]

An oddly reductive position to hold.

A spot on analysis of the modern stance on why designers should know how to code. http://joshuaseiden.com/blog/2013/08/designers-shouldnt-code-is-the-wrong-answer-to-the-right-question/