Articles, rants, news & other writing.

This is a collection of the articles I’ve written over the past 8 years, I’ve edited and tidied them up for clarity. I also got rid of a lot of older, less relevant (read: stupid) articles. I’m going for clean, and quality.

Creating htpasswd / htaccess restricted areas

I have to do this all the time. You’ve created a staging site for a client, you want to show it to them on a live server – but you don’t want it to get indexed by search engines, nor do you want people accidentally coming across it – you want...

Should Designers Code?

Code and Design Are two vastly different disciplines. So I see a lot of people talking about how designers should code. How it makes sense for frontend code to be produced in the design phase. Now, to a point, I agree. I definitely agree that being able to write code...

Graceful Degradation vs Progressive Enhancement

Graceful Degradation vs Progressive Enhancement Graceful degradation and progressive enhancement are two often confused concepts. Many people (developers, designers, other web professionals and not so savvy people) either fail to understand or decline to acknowledge...

Edgy Theme – Sublime Text 2

What is it? So, I’ve actually been using this for aaages. But the other day, someone looked at my laptop and noticed my editor and asked what it was. I said, oh it’s Sublime – to which i received a “no it’s not.”.  Boring...

Retrofitting Responsive CSS

A quick post about the experience of retrofitting a mobile responsive layout onto a client’s existing website. We’ve worked with Costhetics for quite a while, and when they asked about “building” a mobile site vs implementing a responsive design.. we figured we’d give it a try..

Responsive is more than just tricky visual design

​A quick rundown / stream of consciousness about the different use cases and contexts that *should* govern how we think about responsive web design. There is a definite lack in technology preventing responsive design from being the amazing revolution that it should be.

Convert CSS to SCSS

One of the things i’m doing at the moment (very slowly) is converting all my CSS to SCSS. I find the maintainability so much better – today i found a tool to convert existing CSS to SCSS. Not bad.