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Summer is here!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

design-is updated

Whilst the sun has decided to shine on the UK at last, all it seems to have done for me is make me a little less comfortable in my chair at work, instilled a yearning to go outside, and made me a little more sleepy.


Browser Testing

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

As the tast of browser testing is something that plagues all web designers, I thought I’d put together a short run-down of the currently available solutions. However, there is no definitive answer.

First off, Microsoft’s new SuperPreview sounded good, but this restricts you to IE 6 and the browser you currently have installed, such as IE 7 or IE 8, but not all three at the same time. May be a good solution if future updates included more browser options and live usage of the site in question rather than simple screenshots.

If you can suffice with screenshots and don’t need to test usability and interaction, then services such as browsershots.orgnetrenderer and the recently released Alkaline application from Litmus are well worth looking at.


Calm before the Storm

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Sorry to any readers for the lack of new content! I’ve had a lot on recently and have let my blogging, tweeting and general web presence slip a bit…

I’m a day away from a week long break, after which I hope to achieve a long list of things. These include:

  • Writing some posts about useful things I’ve found and learnt.
  • Re-building my freelance site using WordPress for the back-end.
  • Getting up-to-date with admin.
  • Getting approval on an improved website (previously mentioned).
  • Contacting existing clients.
  • Following up leads.
  • Investigate post-grad certificate.


CMS from Scratch

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Although WordPress has peeked my interest lately, I wanted to mention another Open Source CMS that has proved invaluable to my services. Where WordPress, Joomla or Drupal present an overly feature rich environment, this offering from Scratch Media fills the gap perfectly.

CMS from Scratch



Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

I was recently privileged enough to attend the HTML and CSS training courses, offering me a chance to pick the brains of some of the webs ‘go-to guys’, Drew McLellan and Rachel Andrew.

Drew McLellan as teacher


Phi Business Cards

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

My business cards for my freelance design venture have been delivered, so I thought I would post a photo and some info here for posterity.

Business Cards

They are printed on 380gsm fsc accredited board, matt laminated, and die cut with spot UV varnish to the front logo.


New Site – TSW

Sunday, February 15th, 2009’ve recently completed a new website for a skilled carpenter and general handyman based in Norwich, Trevor Waters.

The brief was to create a showcase for the craftsman’s work and allow clients to get in touch to request quotes and / or more information.



Thursday, February 5th, 2009

So, I have finally given in and signed up to another social networking tool. Twitter.

After leaving my Myspace account to rot, and barely touching Facebook since registering, I feel I’m not really the social network entrepreneur’s target customer…


Snowy London

Monday, February 2nd, 2009


All across London, a white sheet fell and halted day-to-day life. For the first time in a long time we have heavy snowfall! In fact, the heaviest snowfall for 18 years.


Basic Animated Gifs

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This tutorial will cover the basic steps involved in making several images transition from one to another with Adobe Photoshop (Ps) and outputting as an animated .gif. My result is displayed at the end of the tutorial.

File-New I am using Ps CS3 on an Apple Mac, but the same applies to Windows users. With Ps now open, go to the ‘File’ menu and choose ‘New’. (more…)

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