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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 months you will know that the 4.3 million people of Scotland will today answer the simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. There are only two simple answers: Yes or No. Even though the political arguments for each side will and should be at the forefront of voter’s minds, the subliminal design choices to present each option will have had a subliminal impact for some. I have...
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As a follow up to my post earlier this year, I thought I would give an update on my views of the once standard CSS measure: 1024px. Why not to use it The post above linked to these figures which illustrates the rise of larger screen sizes in relation to those bigger than 1024px. Back in January, the figure was as little as 14% of users with screens of 1024px or less. In the space of 9 months, this has...
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Despite Twitter recently retiring their API v1 a few months ago, there seems to be a distinct lack of literature on the topic. Whilst browsing the internet I repeatedly see a “latest tweets” box, or similar with no data feed inside it. The cause, they are still using the old the API. Anyway, to help people migrate over to the new API and display a twitter feed correctly and robustly, I decided to write this tutorial. See below. Stage 1...
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Below is a short explanation that will enable you to add a ShareThis button widget to your WordPress blog posts. The snippet below will work both on individual post pages and multi-post pages like categories, archives or custom page templates. There are many plugins out there that will help you achieve this task but if you are anything like me, you like to self-contain your code as much as possible. It should be noted at this stage that this snippet...
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Rebranding is a tricky thing to get right, especially if you have a huge fan base that holds a strong infinity with the identity. Get it wrong and it can be disastrous. Social media is now so prevalent that brands can face an instant huge backlash if the customers aren’t happy with the new look. Just take a look at what happened when Gap revealed a new logo. The same scenario has recently happened at Everton Football Club, based in...
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After deciding to start working from home again at the start of the year, I sold my trusty iMac and acquired a 15″ Retina Macbook Pro. Being mobile again is brilliant but having to carry around a really valuable piece of kit made me want to invest in a reliable form of protection for my laptop. Rather than purchase a solid case I figured I would prefer a more natural looking sleeve. Having looked at various styles I eventually found...
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A well known bug with mobile Safari is its inability to scale a website correctly when it’s width is greater than it’s height. “If the height of your page is less than 1024px and the width is greater than 768px, the native zoom will cease to function as expected“. If you are reading this it is probably because you have gone to view your website on your mobile device and ended up with an unscaled website complete with those lovely...
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A defining moment in a designer’s education is when they first learn of the hidden area within the FedEx logo. Once you see it, it’s hard not to focus upon the subtle area of genius. If you’re a creative you’ve probably seen this example of ‘a great logo’ a thousand times in lectures & blogs but it’s always fun to see again. So, if you’re not aware of the forward-facing hidden arrow between the E and x, prepare to have...
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If you are considering getting a website built this is probably one of the first questions you will ask yourself. Of course, the answer to this question greatly depends on your needs as a company or individual. The needs of an international company are obviously going to be very different to those of a local florist for example. There are some things that every website should have though: A clear structure You want to advertise yourself as a company or...
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The long anticipated console produced by Sony, the PS4, comes with a new logo. Well… almost. Whilst there is all a buzz about the new features & possibilities of the actual console, it seems that not much has changed concerning the new logotype. Infact, as far as I can tell, it’s the exact same typeface as it’s predecessor. With claims of new innovative technologies being installed on the machine, I was expecting something a little more adventurous and ‘new’ for...
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Do I need a website?

18th Feb 13

In this day and age, the simple answer is yes. Whether your company is a florists, a football club or a clothing retailer you can guarantee that a website will bring your company some huge benefits. The internet is still growing, and with the rise of social media, is only going to get bigger in the years to come. Think about any scenario where someone is trying to find some information. They might be looking for a local restaurant, a...
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