Why Coders Need to Understand Design

Why Coders Need to Understand Design

| January 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

I see more web professionals specializing these days. There was a time where web designers literally did everything. If you worked on the web it meant you did coding, design, photography and any backend work. Now many become so specialized they hyper focus, often on a specific platform. There are fewer Javascript experts and more […]

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Shim uses node.js to test sites on multiple browsers

Shim uses node.js to test sites on multiple browsers

| January 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

Shim was developed within the Boston Globe’s media lab as a way to study how Web sites look on various devices and browsers. A laptop intercepts all wifi traffic – this is redirected to a custom node.js server – which inserts a javascript, or “shim,” at the head of each web page that is visited. […]

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23 Great Web Design Books for Under $5

23 Great Web Design Books for Under $5

| January 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you’re anything like me you probably have six books you are reading at any one time. My thirst for knowledge is unrelenting… and I bet your’s is too. While there are few investments more worthwhile than your own wisdom the constant purchasing of books can put a hurting on your wallet. In my case, I often […]

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Parallax Scrolling Effect – 12 Tutorials and Resources

Parallax Scrolling Effect – 12 Tutorials and Resources

| January 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

I try not to succumb to the lure of new design tricks but alas I am human. While I have been able to avoid several recent design trends, I must confuse the “wow” of parallax scrolling grabbed me by the brain and hypnotized me for some time. I was so stricken that several previous design concepts for […]

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40 Web Fonts for Body Copy

40 Web Fonts for Body Copy

| January 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

Few words can describe the euphoria I felt upon learning of widespread @font-face support. The time and effort once required to make typographically pleasing websites would be reduced forever. The very notion of dropping tools like Cufon, sIFR and image replacement had me grinning ear for ear. And what of body copy? Designers could finally […]

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Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011

Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011

| January 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

As 2012 begins, I want to look back over the past year to see what can be learnt from it. Learning from your mistakes is less glamorous than a list of grand New Year’s Resolutions (Though I do like those too), but often more effective at ensuring the next year is even better than the […]

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The Web Design Sketchbook, Version Three

The Web Design Sketchbook, Version Three

| December 12, 2011 | Comments (0)

Early December 2008 was when I first held a prototype of what I would later call “The Web Design Sketchbook” in my hands. It was pretty rough, had been printed using an old, slowly dying ink jet printer and was bound using a $100 Office Max binding machine. Despite its lackluster, I was ecstatic. Not […]

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HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP

HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP

| December 11, 2011 | Comments (0)

Facebook Software Engineer and HipHop for PHP team member Jason Evans provides details on Facebook’s move to a new high-performance PHP virtual machine. Described by Evans is ”a new PHP execution engine based on the HipHop language runtime that we call the HipHop Virtual Machine (hhvm).” He sees it as replacement for the HipHop PHP […]

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Keeping Your WordPress Database Healthy

Keeping Your WordPress Database Healthy

| December 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

As far as site maintenance goes most WordPress users know the importance of keeping WordPress and plugins up to date. Some also know to keep frequent site backups. Few realize there is more to website maintenance than these two tasks. The health of your WordPress database is often overlooked. To explain further, WordPress typically stores information (or […]

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Responsive Web Design, is it the Answer? or Just Responsive?

Responsive Web Design, is it the Answer? or Just Responsive?

| December 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

I have shrugged off responsive web design for some time now despite it’s growing popularity. I first came across “the concept” four years ago; at the time, responsive design required Javascript and dynamically changed stylesheets based on viewport size.  Suffice to say I have long been aware of the capability to adapt design based on […]

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