A challenge!

The other night I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter. Sorry for that. But I really do believe in what I was saying. Formal education in the web industry is not always amazing, I’ve experienced it, it’s far from perfect. But that doesn’t mean it should be so badly criticised so generally [...]

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Learning through teaching

I recently read a post by a friend, Richard Powell, You’re not an expert, but that’s ok. In which he says: I often suggest that designers and developer run a workshop to share their knowledge only to hear: “I couldn’t give a workshop, I’m not an expert” I can understand where people are coming from [...]

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Burnout

Over the last year or so my involvement in the web industry exploded; I began to look at my career as a love and much more than a job. I enjoyed working so much it was no longer constrained to 9-5, evenings and most weekends were spent doing what I loved, tapping away at code [...]

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The Designer Developer relationship

I’ve been a web developer for a few years now, mainly working at an agency, but with some freelance experience too. Generally this has meant the projects I work on will usually be alongside a designer, a situation which I’m sure many people are familiar with. This designer/developer relationship will therefore form the basis of [...]

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Centered Menus

A while ago I got stumped trying to build a simple centre aligned menu with just an unordered list, I can’t believe how simple the solution was and since I’ve noticed a couple of people with the issue of late I thought I’d share with you the solution I’ve found.

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RWD: Development process

I’ve wanted to write about responsive web design for some time now but the previous post I was writing became very bloated and out of date very quickly over the process of writing it so I gave up…however after seeing a talk by Amber Weinberg at Points Brighton about mobile development and the process she uses I thought I would take 5 mins to look at what I believe to be a solid process for developing responsive sites.

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Points Means Pixels

Yesterday I took the very substantial journey from Oxford all the way down to Brighton to attend the second Points Brighton mini-conference. Here’s some thoughts on the event, the speakers and the topics covered. All in all a great event and with proceeds going to a great cause what more could you ask for!

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New development setup

Recently I’ve been looking at the tools I use and how I work. In this post I just want to quickly run through how I’ve recently changed the way I work and what tools and technologies I’ve started to use including Sublime Text 2, Codekit, LESS and Git. Leave a comment and let me know how it compares to your set up and feel free to suggest things I might find useful.

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CSS Pseudo-elements

I thought I’d share with you a quick example where I’ve used the :before and :after pseudo-elements in a responsive website to create a really stylish border/divider.

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OGN: more talk about education

In my last post I spoke about the things I’ve been doing in order to either help with education or bring more awareness to people about the current state of web education and the talk I gave at Oxford Geek Night was particularly aimed at web design education within Universities.

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Web and Digital Education

Some months ago, in fact one of my first serious posts on here, I wrote about Education in the web industry from a University point of view. Where I spoke about my time at university and how I felt the course was limited and really didn’t provide me with much worthwhile education towards what I would ultimately choose as a career. Since then a lot has happened and I just want to update you on my thoughts about web education (as well as digital education in general) and what I’ve been doing over the last few months.

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Let the sunshine in – Update Conference 2011

There’s so much I could say about the last 3 days I’ve experienced in Brighton. I have to say experienced because I didn’t just go to any town, to any conference. I went to Brighton for Update 2011: The Human Touch – iOS & Beyond.

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iOS Tutorial: Hello, World!

I’ve recently taken it upon myself to get into iOS development. As the owner of both an iPhone and an iPad I use iOS on a daily basis and as that’s sparked an interest for me to start developing for the devices as well, just as using the internet made me want to build websites. So after finally getting my hands on a MacBook Pro (lovely machine that it is), I’ve been able to delve into Xcode and start creating.

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20 seconds is not long at all

I’ve been wanting to venture into public speaking for some time now and recently thanks to Science Oxford Live’s PechaKucha night I was giving an opportunity to break my public speaking cherry as it were.

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Education in the web industry, is it good enough?

Recently through both my experience and after reading an article in the newspaper from the recent new adventures conference I started thinking more about what education does for people who want to get into this industry and where it’s falling short. So is it time the web industry educated educational institutions?

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Working at a Design Agency, a developer’s point of view

Ok, so I’m a web developer, nothing more nothing less (well I can use photoshop and now a little illustrator). I’ve been doing this for about 18 months professionally and a year or two academically before (more on that later, in another random post), so I’m fairly new to the web industry as a whole.

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New Adventures Conference

Now I’m fully aware that at time of writing there are countless numbers of people who have already given very concise and detailed reviews of their experiences of the recent New Adventures conference in Nottingham. At one point it even got to the stage where I considered not writing this post because there were so many. But I’m thinking sod it, why not have my say on what I thought was a really enthralling day which not only allowed me to hear about new ideas in the industry but also be part of an amazing collection of like minded people.

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