Friday, June 10th, 2011

xheight blog

What seems like yesterday but is actually now 3 months ago David Bushell dropped me an email to ask if I’d like to contribute to a new blog he was preparing to launch called xheight.

Simply put:

xheight is a blog about ideas and thoughts.

David’s idea was for a selection of professional designers to contribute their thoughts on design, share their day-to-day theories, experiences and ideas.

Brief #1 was “what design means to you” after a few nights waking up at 3am with inspiration I felt that I had some interesting opinions and thoughts to share.

My first and (so far) only article “Design is not art” was published on May 3rd.

I’ve been extremely impressed with the articles submitted to x-height so far and humbled to sit alongside such a talented group of designers as a contributor.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Valuable resources for developers

As a web developer – to stay on top of your game you need to constantly take on new challenges, often in these challenges you’ll know where you’re going and roughly how to get there but need some help along the way.

Working on the internet has some awesome benefits – the online community. here are a few valuable tips and resources to success in getting help online.

1. Know your subject – do your research – you should never say yes to a new task without at least a vaugue understanding of how to undertake it and achieve your goal and knowing that you can and WILL get there on time an in budget (even if that means using your own time to learn). Of course we all take on jobs ‘we don’t know how to do’ YET. The key is knowing roughly what you need to do.

2. If you’re stuck step one is google! Look yourself do, what you can – don’t ask me to do your job for you

3. Use the resources at hand – a great one for me has been stackoverflow primarily a javascript help forum. Another is wordpress stackexchange.

The key to getting an answer and help on these is GIVE THE PERSON HELPING YOU AN EASY LIFE, give as much information as you can without rambling and ALWAYS PROVIDE A LINK AS AN EXAMPLE – obviously provided that you can and aren’t prevented by a confidentiality agreement for a site that isn’t yet live – even in this case you can often use something like jsFiddle to provide an example .

As Jerry Maguire said ‘help me, help you, HELP ME, HELP YOU’.

4. Another great resource is twitter – if you are an active developer / designer and build up the right following and mutal respect from your peers then each others help will become invaulable.

Why do people help?
I can only really speak for myself but I am fairly sure I speak for most in saying that; we’ve all been there, we’ve all benefited from help (often by strangers) at some point and it only seems right to give some of that back to the community – not only that but, there is a certain pride in knowing you’ve helped someone else in the community, novice or pro – impressed them with your seemingly grand wisdom and confirmed to yourself your knowledge. Plus - it’s just nice to do something good!

There you go – a few quick tips – and my first blog post in a long time – hopefully the start of many more.

Ciao for now.

P.S: Yeap I do still ask for help. If I didn’t it would be because I’d stopped trying new things!


Monday, November 1st, 2010

html5 Elements with non javascript fallback

When it comes to html5 and css3 I am as keen as the next developer but with html5 there is one thing that’s been holding me back…

Internet Explorer. Why? The problem is whilst Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome will allow you to style any element on the page and thus use the new html5 elements in your mark up such as <header>, <nav> and <section> Internet Explorer cannot naturally style these elements (hopefully to change with the release of ie9). Read More