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The Mobile Book

Smashing Magazine’s The Mobile Book is due for dispatch soon. Having had the opportunity to read it I’ll cut to the chase for those deliberating a purchase: it’s well worth the cover price. The e-book edition is a steal! Let it be known that this book goes beyond designing for the Web. The core themes are mobile […]

Responsive Bases & Vertical Spaces

Build a responsive design and you’ll find yourself knee deep in relative units and percentage widths. Media queries are the weapon of choice to adjust CSS on viewport change. Almost every example I’ve seen (and made) are based exclusively on the viewport width. What about height? The Baseline Grid As an exercise in ‘perfection’ when I last updated my […]

Design Books for Sale

Based in the UK? Like design, books, design books, book design? I’ve got just what you need. I’m selling a few of my design books. These are all top notch and have served me well (some since the uni days). Today I’m all digital and sadly have no room for a physical book collection. I want to see […]

The Real Cost of Retina

When the new iPad went on sale earlier this year the interest in high-resolution website design skyrocketed. We saw an influx of half-baked “Retina“ solutions. Alongside this the bigger picture — so to speak — of responsive images produced lengthy debate. We’re starting to see the fruits of that labour with a new picture element proposal. This is a good […]

Pikaday: JavaScript datepicker

Pikaday is a JavaScript datepicker with a light footprint and easy style-ability with modular CSS. It’s in ‘developer preview mode’ but already looking great: Why now? Because as much as we like open standards, the HTML5 input types lack browser support and are poorly implemented in places; see Chrome (22 as of writing) below: This leaves us with a tricky […]

Groundhog Day

“ahhhhhh!” — is what I tweeted on this fine Sunday evening. (And some people choose not to follow me?) What provoked this dramatic outburst was every designers’ worst nightmare; a sudden urge to “redesign” their website. June 2009, August 2009, June 2010, May 2011, February 2012. At this point the cycle is hardly a surprise and I guess I should […]

What is the medium?

A must read on A List Apart: The Web Aesthetic, by Paul Robert Lloyd. The article above is jam packed with goodness. I’ve been racking my brain this year trying to understand the web as a medium and Paul does a wonderfully succinct job of encapsulating that idea in a way that I’ve never quite managed. To properly design […]