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CAPTCHAs: Just Say No

A couple of years ago I wrote In Search Of The Perfect CAPTCHA for Smashing Magazine. It was always a wild goose chase (but I knew that). I still get asked regularly how to deal with spam. It isn’t easy. I keep seeing new solutions pop up touted as an alterative to CAPTCHAs. Here’s the deal: replacing character […]

Performance, Varnish Cache, WordPress

When it comes to website performance there’s a lot we can do. As designers it means finding a style that suits the Web as a medium; taking advantage of CSS, avoiding heavy raster graphics, etc etc. As front-end developers, well, Harry Roberts’ has a great round-up of techniques. There’s only so much we can do client-side. It’s always […]


I can’t get enough podcasts right now. I still love the written word but after a full day of design and code my eyes need a rest (and probably a new test, now that I think about it). Fearing I’d been overlooking a few I asked Twitter — thanks for the replies! Below is a compilation of my favourite […]

On Responsive Navigation and Rendering

When I launched my new website earlier this week I implemented the off-canvas navigation technique I’d written about for Smashing Magazine. It uses silky smooth CSS transitions and looks great on mobile (if I do say so myself). A small problem came when I set a high breakpoint. The navigation is always off-canvas up to a width of 60em (that’s […]

A Primer to Front-end SVG Hacking

Using SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) on websites is a lot safer than many front-end developers think. Authoring aside — I wouldn’t suggest trying to hand-code an illustration more complex than a triangle* — the standard is well supported in browsers today and perfect for resolution independence when CSS and icon fonts aren’t suitable. * Quick fire question: […]

A New Home

Welcome to my new website. I haven’t rebranded entirely — what you see bears many similarities to updates past — but I am launching a new stage in my career. 2013 is the year I go freelance. This site now represents my web design and front-end development services. It’s heavily content-centric in design. And responsive, of course! It has a newfound simplicity. That’s not […]

Gloople: Responsive Design Review

Following last year’s Passenger Focus case study, today I present the Gloople responsive design review. Gloople is an ecommerce platform with emphasis on social and mobile. We designed and built the website at Browser. Please bear in mind this is a beta registration launch. The final site, fully optimised, and the ecommerce platform will arive later this year. Sign […]