Project 52, or why I need a helping hand

6 January 2010, in Miscellaneous, Project 52 | 14 comments »

Sometimes you do things out of an impulse, and only think of the consequences later. That’s what happened when I signed up/pledged/signed my life away/subscribed to Project 52 (#p52) — only a few days later, looking at my already crammed writing schedule, I realised it wasn’t going to be easy.

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The tangibility of websites, or something like that

30 November 2009, in Design | 4 comments »

Last night I watched Objectified, a good film about the design of everyday things. In the film, the matter of durability and sustainability in design is mentioned a lot, and that led me to think of how those ideas translate to web design.

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Remembering: the CSS3 multi-column layout module

29 November 2009, in CSS | 18 comments »

Because I will not shut up about CSS3, this time I’ve decided to show you a little bit of the multi-column layout module. This module allows you to layout the content of an element in multiple columns, like flowing text on a newspaper-type layout.

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How to use Modernizr

10 November 2009, in CSS, HTML, Tools | 134 comments »

There is a tool that came to make our lives as progressive web designers a bit easier: Modernizr. In this short tutorial, learn how to apply this handy script to maximum effect on your sites.

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6 November 2009, in Events | 15 comments »

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending Build Conference, in sunny Belfast. I don’t usually write posts on particular conferences, but here’s the exception to the rule, because it certainly deserves one.

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Floated lists with CSS3 and jQuery

2 October 2009, in CSS, Javascript | 19 comments »

We should all be using advanced CSS selectors by now—they make our lifes so much easier! In this quick tutorial, I’m going to explain how you can have a nicely floated list of items. We will use jQuery to make sure IE understands it too.

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A quick note about my interview with Ryan Taylor

20 September 2009, in Miscellaneous | 1 comment »

For those who’d like to know who’s behind this website, now you can: I’ve done an interview with Ryan Taylor—from Havoc Inspired and Boagworld—which you can take a look at right here.

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How to give a more exciting presentation: a note to speakers

6 September 2009, in Events | 8 comments »

I’ve been part of the audience at web conferences a few times now. Some presentations are exciting and engaging but, most of the times, they tend to be quite underwhelming. I don’t think this is because the speakers are fundamentally bad, but there are a few things that can be done to make any presentation sound as exciting as a Lost season finale.

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14 August 2009, in Rants | 3 comments »

We, web designers, like to complain about how little recognition our profession has, how everyone likes to think they can make a website, and how clients don’t respect our work. But when it comes to actually doing something that could make us a bit closer to any other “official” profession, we’re bored and dismiss it. It’s so much funnier to complain about IE6!

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Belgian beer types, or how to style a definition list the CSS3 way

30 July 2009, in CSS, HTML | 8 comments »

Definition lists are an often forgotten HTML element, but they can be used in a wide variety of ways, and are actually the most semantically accurate element in many cases. So let’s see how we can mix up beer, HTML and CSS3, while explaining the purpose of the definition list element.

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