Web tagged articles

10Dec

2007: More Web Design Trends & Cliches

Cartoons, textures, swirls, earty tones and richer colours

It's been well over a year since I compiled the original list of web clichés, so I figured it was time to revisit some of the trends currently prevalent in web design now. [read more...]


2Aug

The BBC iPlayer is officially Web 2.0 compliant

...and only a year or two behind the trend - good show!

Those of you fearing that the BBC is out of touch as far as the web is concerned need worry no more - the recently-opened-private-beta of the BBC iPlayer is at the cutting edge of interactive design. I mean, just look at the Beta application page: [read more...]


10Apr

Tracking Live Web Logfiles with Tail over SSH

Using Apache with Linux

There are two distinct types of people when it comes to Linux: Those who are pretty much clueless with the whole OSS thing, and who generally stick with Windows or MacOS - and those who are seemingly born naturals at command lines, regular expressions and other such arcane operations. I'm fortunate to be squarely in the middle of the two extremes (i.e. I use Linux but I'm far from an expert) - and if you're in a similar situation to me, then you may find the following useful. [read more...]


28Feb

Tracking hot trends with Trendio, Web 2.0 style

I love statistics. Whether it’s my Techorati ranking, web server log files or my FeedBurner subscriber numbers, the numbers that shape my work are a fascination. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of bloggers out there too – surely most must have obsessive-compulsive like desires to keep up to date with figures? [read more...]


11Jan

Web Standards Don't Matter (As much as you think)

Rules are supposed to be broken...

W3C. Valid XHTML. Valid CSS2. Ring any bells? If you’re learning web design, or even if you have a passing interest, then some standards evangelist has probably told you how everything should be marked up semantically and to current standard definitions set by arbitrary organisations. It’s just the way things should be done. But here’s what they don’t let on – standards don’t really matter at all. [read more...]


2Jan

There's no such thing as 'Web design'

Unspoken secrets of web design: Part 1

So you’re a web designer, right? So what exactly does that entail? Do you cover the whole web gamut? [read more...]


7Dec

Why not .NET?

Why use PHP over ASP.NET?

I was recently asked about my choice of scripting language for Modern Life - and why I chose PHP over comparable alternatives such as ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails etc. I work with PHP, Classic ASP and (more recently) ASP.NET - but what was my rationale for choosing PHP? [read more...]


13Nov

Great Fonts for Web 2.0

A selection of typefaces for the modern web era

Fonts are an essential part of design - but there are thousands of fonts out there, so knowing which ones to use can be quite daunting. Here's a roundup of some fonts that have found popularity recently. [read more...]


11Nov

What's Wrong with Web 2.0?

Bubble? What bubble?

Aside from the fact that nobody knows quite what Web 2.0 actually is, not everything is sweet-smelling in the latest wave of websites. Web 2.0 is a mixed bag of great successes, swathes of unmentioned failures, and squandered venture capital. But what is it that lurks rotten at the bottom of Web 2.0? [read more...]


14Sep

AdCalc: PPC Estimation tool

Predict your Adsense/YPN/et al. potential with this neat web tool.

If you’re a PPC publisher, using a service such as Google Adsense or the Yahoo! Partner Network, if you take it at least half seriously you’re most likely a chronic statistics addict – I know I am! But what to do when you’re up to date on today’s stats? Why, you can make some earning projections, of course – and my new tool (largely created for my own benefit) can help. [read more...]