Asynchronous Web Applications are the Future

Posted on January 25, 2012

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 can sometimes drive traffic away from a website.But with the technology ...

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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 pretty useful. Everything is becoming so App-centric. Web apps, with the required ...

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What I do, is not What I do

Posted on January 16, 2012

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 when you get down to it?After all my skill sets boil to so much more than ...

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Responsive Design and Why it matters

Posted on January 4, 2012

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 can prevent people from using the service. I find this is most commonly a problem ...

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Spec Work Kills Industries

Posted on January 2, 2012

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 design or a piece of work and if they like it they will buy it.This is not ...

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The Fun of Freelancing

Posted on December 16, 2011

I seriously enjoy freelancing. It's probably the best thing I have ever decided to do, and it nets me some extra cash for those long weekends and those Christmas presents that people like. And in the is economy it's not exactly the worlds worst choice to have some extra income on the books. Plus it helps to keep me occupied on weekends.I often wonder why more people don't do it, especially when they have a passion for the things that they ...

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The Zen of Simple

Posted on November 23, 2011

I really do love how as technology becomes more and more advanced and more capable of doing incredible things, the way we interact with them becomes so much simpler. Easier to use. It's really an appealing concept.Incredible power and fantastic abilities hidden behind a simple interface that even the least tech savvy grandmother could use in her sleep. It reminds me in part of those old Martial Arts films, with the incredible old, weathered ...

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