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Use SVG (part 1)

As you know I’m a big fan of using SVG whenever possible. See my articles ‘Resolution Independence With SVG’ (Jan 2012) and ‘A Primer to Front-end SVG Hacking’ (Feb 2013) for a retrospective. I’m always looking for the most viable technique; browser support is always changing and content management is an oft-forgotten requirement (or ‘restriction’, depending how you […]


Happy New Year!

I’m back in the office and feeling positive about this year’s work. Give me a shout if you require my web design / front-end skills. I’ve been thinking long and hard about the type of work I’d like to take on, and really, I find a variety most rewarding. It’s nice to alternate between design and dev. […]


What’s up?

Before I ramble on, a quick note to say I’m taking a break over December. Once I’ve completed active projects I’ll be offline for the most part! That means no emails. I’m not a fan of “out of office” auto responders, so please don’t be offended if you don’t receive a reply until January. At which time […]


How I built a Static Site Generator

I used to build websites with nothing but a text editor. Now I have an army of tools at my finger tips. When I began to establish my Grunt tasks I wanted something basic for HTML. My biggest gripe was repetition. The simple concept of “includes” was all I wanted. At the time static site generators and templating scared me (still does, […]


Elbows and Office Chairs

It’s funny what you get used to. I migrated from an iPhone to a larger Android device many years back. Nowadays, squinting at a smaller mobile screen makes me feel a bit dizzy. When I started freelancing last year I moved in the opposite direction. At my old workplace I dual-wielded 24″ monitors. Since then I’ve adapted to a single […]


Dependency Overload

I employ an army of command line tools to aid my front-end development. Truth be told it’s a bit of an addiction. I’m constantly adding more tools that allow me to do less work. Am I in danger of overloading, of creating a system so convoluted that it evolves into a hindrance and defeats the point of […]


Work as a Freelancer

It’s been over a year since I started freelancing and time has flown by in the most enjoyable of fashions. Work has been good and financially I hit my 12 month target — nothing specific or special; enough to get by. I didn’t expect to match my London salary nor have I but all balanced […]