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.
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..
You know you’re doing something right when your interface is clearly better than Apple’s. Sparrow for Mac did it and now Sparrow for iPhone has too.
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.
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.
Google finally got around to updating their iOS app – it now supports push. Since I’ve blogged a bit about Sparrow recently, I figured I’d give everyone a quick update on where my iOS mail usage is currently sitting.
So, a few weeks ago I came across Snapguide. It’s a great howto and guide app for iOS. The thing that really struck me about this app is how well thought out the interface is. iOS is a great platform for building apps to consume content, however content creation is somewhat limited. The only apps that really do a good job of content creation are simple, one step creation apps (like: Instragram, Facebook etc). Where you only create one piece of content, and you provide minimal information.
So, this week I’ve been teaching web design at Shillington College in Sydney. Today we had an interesting discussion about <section> vs <div> for marking up regions on a page in HTML5 – in our case: particularly the main content region (which previously we style as <div id=”content”>. The debate stemmed from the (somewhat obsessive) idea that <div>’s are evil.
I often harp on about how responsive web design is MORE than just adaptive CSS layouts. I believe that we should be building websites that contextually respond to the device/screen size in question.