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When can a website be over 1mb?

When a new website is released for a popular or high profile brand there are two stages of reaction. The first is praise: “it’s responsive!”, “it’s gorgeous!”. The second is criticism: “don’t work in IE9!”, “it’s over 1MB!”. As is internet traditional, opinion must be bipolar and unconditional. Initial reaction to the new Majora’s Mask 3DS website has been no different. Granted, it’s rather chunky. […]

I don’t do Angular, is that OK?

I’ve never been one to care for job titles. One or two words can’t adequately explain the extent of our roles. I try to avoid giving myself a strict title on this website. On my homepage: “I design, build & write all things web” Then I list: Responsive Design Front-end Development Process & Strategy These pages are a delicate balance of an intelligent, […]

Use SVG (part 2)

On Monday I wrote about using SVG for content images. Aside from minor workarounds for a peculiar Internet Explorer bug, it’s a relatively straight forward task. I was planning to follow up with a technical overview of SVG sprites, but really, I can’t write anything better than Sara Soueidan’s comprehensive guide: “An Overview of SVG Sprite Creation Techniques”. Read that […]

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 look at […]

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. For the […]

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

NEW: React as a Static Site Generator I now used React! See my new approach above. 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 […]