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Thanks for a Great Year!

2013 has been a fun year, one of the most eventful of my career. Usually I like to round up with a review of my work but with several projects launching in January, I’ll hold off until then. This is a short thank you to my clients and fellow web workers who have supported me throughout […]

What is wrong with this message?

Nobody said microcopy was easy… While catching up with my Twitter feed I follow a link to Google+ — appears to show signs of life within the tech community — and I’m greeted with this wonderful message: “Your profile has been suspended because it impersonates someone.” A straight up accusation of potentially illegal acts. There’s no ambiguity, I’m […]

Form Label Design

Web forms are often a tedious experience. There’s a lot to be said for keeping questions to a minimum. Do I really need to enter my name across three fields, can’t you just call me “Dave”? To save space and reduce visual noise it’s become quite common to repurpose HTML placeholders. But as we should all know: Placeholder […]

Browser Support, Again

With a high-profile portfolio of websites like Google Apps dropping support for IE9 the question of browser support inevitably resurfaces. Many will see this news as justification for their own abandonment of a legacy browser. As I’ve said time and time again, external decisions and aggregated statistics are irrelevant if you have specific numbers for a domain. If […]

Front-end Style Guides

I’ve just read Front-end Style Guides written by Anna Debenham, published by Five Simple Steps. As a thorough overview of all that the title suggests the book sets a practical mindset for utilising style guides with many examples (and at ÂŁ2.40; an absolute steal). Style guides are critical to how I make websites. My design & build process naturally results in a front-end […]

CSS Fixed Positioning and Mobile Zoom

The follow demo is a quick experiment! I’m not sharing code because it’s horrible and I don’t want emails asking if I’ve got it working on a Blackberry. Mobile web browsers, unless otherwise informed, will assume a website has been designed for larger screens. They’ll render on a large canvas and zoom out. Responsive websites use […]

Reacting to the Resize

I’m building a client’s website design that is more aware of the viewport than usual. Page headers — think large typography with a background image — cover 100% of the initial view. So too does the navigation; five items presented overlaying the entire screen. First but not final When a page loads the first render — at whatever size the […]

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