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The Hamburger Menu

Everytime I read something about the hamburger it's always blasting it as lazy and that people don't understand what it means. I like it.   To have menu items hidden away and with a simple tap have them all available is exactly what user experience is about. The argument is that 2 or 3 clicks/taps is the maximum a user should use to... more

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WordPress – You should update your web.config now – Permalinks issue

This issue came up for me recently and here's how to fix it: 1) Create web.config in notepad. 2) Paste this code into it: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <configuration> <system.webServer> <rewrite> <rules> <rule name="wordpress" patternSyntax="Wildcard"> <match... more

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The JavaScript frameworks post that hit a nerve

Jose Aguinaga made a post about the state of JavaScript frameworks and it's community in 2016 which you should totally read here. Even if you know barely anything about Javascript frameworks, that's kind of the point. A nicely framed opinion, of which, I totally understand. Being a 'Web Designer' nowadays is a bit of an outdated term. Sooner or... more

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WordPress Plugins for almost every Setup

W3 total Cache Website Performance equals better search ranking and user experience. W3 is the best out there at the moment, though there are others hot on it's tail!   Yoast SEO Yoast SEO helps sort out your search rankings a bit more directly.   Advanced Custom Fields If I was forced to marry a plugin, it would be this one.... more

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Sass and SCSS – What’s the difference?

I love SCSS. But getting me to jump ship initially from standard CSS was difficult. Why did I need to change from the lovely CSS?! How the hell do I set it up? Like many things, once you get your head round it you realise just how simple it really was. Both Sass and SCSS are CSS preprocessors, meaning they process a file into a valid CSS file.... more

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Oct 2016 – Design Inspiration Showcase

Pottermore - Patronus Well I think it's fair to say, this is a fantastic website. Lovely, beautiful, magical (yeah I said it!). These sweeping polygon trees brush by as you travel through this forest answering questions to discover your patronus. Sparkling Embers reveal your questions and a lovely ambient sound accompanies you on your little... more

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Material Design – Flat Design grows up!

My love-hate relationship with Flat Design is a constant debate within me. It's definitely useful at times and can make stuff look professional for minimal effort (the dream eh?) but it always saddened me, that in a decent majority of cases, these simple colourful designs lacked soul, lacked character and lacked imagination. Material Design by... more

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Flat Design – Useful, but don’t overuse it

Flat Design started popping up everywhere around 2013 and quickly a new wave of it started showing up in all places design related. Colourful and simple layouts were all the rage and it's a perfect solution to give responsiveness to a website. Whilst there are certainly beautiful examples of flat design out there my issue with it has always been... more

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