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.
Digital Color Meter is basically your Photoshop colour picker for your entire mac desktop. Gone are the days where I needed to open a PSD just to work out the hex codes for a colour off a site.
I believe it holds true is that the responsibility for spam prevention should be the developers, not the user. In short, I hate and completely disagree with “captcha” style spam protection on forms. As a user I find sometimes, in attempt to make the image in unreadable by a computer that the text is so obscure I find it difficult to read myself.
Having been a web developer (professionally and for fun) for the better part of ten years now, I’ve watched the art of making websites change significantly. This post is a stream of consciousness about the web industry and standards.. hopefully these things change in the future.
A really simple (and old/obvious) tutorial for building an accessible HTML menu using a CSS styled UL – common practice. Styling the nav of a site is something we do.. well, everytime we build a site. The nav of a site is one if the most important (and often most neglected) elements. So what can we do to make sure our nav is as accessible as possible?
The original blog post about monitter.com – outlining the process behind a weekend build.
A look at photo libraries from behind the lens. **Designers hate plagiarism.. it steals our worth. Stock libraries are killing photographers.. but designers still love them.. why? ** This article is a reflection on the pros and cons of stock photography.
After reading a post over at Jonathon Snook’s blog about CSS resets (which I also don’t use). I found myself thinking about whether I care if my designs are implemented pixel perfect in all browsers. The short answer is: no. Pixel perfection is a thing of the past – pure and simple. The mantra “content is king” isn’t just a mantra anymore – pixel perfection was never relevant. But now it’s absurd.
Everyone knows Google Analytics is free. It’s extensive. It works well. Like all Google applications, it’s interface is dull.. filled with primary colours and non customisable. Well, I was drifting around the internet a few months back.. and I found Clicky – they offered a free account, so I figured “what the heck, I’ll give it a try”. I installed the clicky JS right after the analytics JS, figuring i’d still have my statistics in analytics (in case clicky couldn’t do what I wanted).