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How to use Modernizr

10 November 2009, in CSS, HTML, Tools | 173 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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#buildconf

6 November 2009, in Events | 17 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 | 34 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 | 14 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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RTFM

14 August 2009, in Rants | 10 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 | 13 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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From print to web: avoiding common design mistakes

14 July 2009, in Design, Work method | 7 comments »

Moving from print to the web is not as easy as it may seem. I had to do it myself a few years back, so I can speak from my personal experience of the process and also from my experiences coding designs that have been created by print designers that were new to the web.

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In Dreamweaver’s defense

9 July 2009, in Rants, Tools, Work method | 57 comments »

One of the things that causes me great frustration being a web designer is how my coding tool of choice is constantly looked down on. That tool is Dreamweaver. Tired of all the nasty comments that are constantly thrown at it, I’d like to explain, to those who don’t mind reading a quick rant, why I like it. Bear with me.

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90 beautiful, useful and free icon sets

7 July 2009, in Resources | 8 comments »

Following the previous 20 Gorgeous Icon Sets That You Have To Pay For, here is a massive list of my favourite icon sets that are available for free download.

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