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Your search for 01/2012 returned 9 results.


SOPA was a Kitten compared to ACTA

So it turns out that our governments are duplicitous creatures and apparently entirely in the deep pockets of the entertainment industry. Today I am thoroughly disgusted with the UK, which has agreed to ratify Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Fortunately we still have some time, as the issue still needs to be voted in the European parliament, and if it ...

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Asynchronous Web Applications are the Future

Given the prevalence of Jquery and Ajax request capabilities in modern web design, I’m still surprised by the amount of websites that still rely on the request -> retrieve format of web design.We all know that speed matters on the web, and delays in getting information, or while waiting for a page to load can have a huge effect on the users experience and ...

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The SOPA Aftermath: What’s next?

So after a brilliant Web Rally across the world, with multiple sites going dark for the day, (including Wikipedia, Wired, even Google had a black sash) the SOPA and PIPA bills have been shelved for a while at least. I am still proudly showing my stance on internet censorship by keeping the banner in the top right, for at least a while longer and that will stay there ...

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Global Injustice and the Death of a Programmer

After having read this wonderful article on Mashable, I must admit I have become a raging cauldron of fury. To think that in this modern day and age, that this kind of human rights abuses can still go on sickens me to my very core.In essence for those of you that haven’t looked at the article in question, the story is that of one programmer, by the name of ...

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A requiem for the Desktop Application

Cloud apps are making a strong headway on the desktop application front. And it doesn't surprise me in all fairness. The ability to get at your data or documents, anywhere at any time is a pretty attractive prospect in my book. Especially given the number of offices I work out of, not having to carry around large external hard drives or masses of thumb drives is a ...

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What I do, is not What I do

It's an odd truism in the website world but it's often the case. What I do, is not What I do.How many of us introduce ourselves like this: "Hi, I'm Dave, and I design websites"? Seriously, I know I do, but that isn't even half the story given the myriad of different skillsets that roll into those 2 words. "I design websites". What the fuck does that even mean ...

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Why Designers HATE Papyrus

In a homage to my post about Why Designers HATE Comic Sans, I am going to go and look at another member of the design worlds reviled font's collection. Seriously folks, I swear this font was BORN to be loathed by designers everywhere. It's incredibly tacky in a horrible kitschy way and it should never be used anywhere, certainly not in professional production piec...

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Responsive Design and Why it matters

It still amazes me that in this modern world of smart phones and data tablets that there are still websites and web applications that don't have mobile equivalents. And given these conditions it's almost vital that they should.With more and more users accessing the web via mobile devices on screens with smaller sizes than home monitors, websites break and this ...

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Spec Work Kills Industries

As a designer, I hate Spec Work. It's so frustrating and it irks me that there are so many people still thinking it's a good way of getting jobs. It's really not. Spec work kills good design and opens up so many problems. And now I'll tell you why.Spec work stands for Speculative Work (Sometimes called Crowd Sourcing), where by a client will ask you to produce a ...

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