Internet

The internet plays a huge role in my life, from a place to share photos and videos, to a career, to a means of communication linking me to friends and family all over the world.

How cookies are used on this website

There is now a legal requirement in the E.U. that websites which use cookies to collect anonymous and non-anonymous visitor data clarify just how this information is gathered. So I’ve put together this information on your privacy and how cookies are implemented on this website. Please let me know – in the comments or via email –…

How cookies are used on this website

Good things

Cool new techniques for creating responsive websites and for saving you loads of time when writing CSS are helping me to rebuild the technical infrastructure of this (and other) websites.

Good things

Mobile to the Future

First there was print, then recordings, then cinema, radio, TV, and the internet. Mobile is the seventh and latest form of mass media. And the smartphone is the fastest spreading technology in history. More iPhones are activated every day than babies are born. Read Jeffrey Zeldman’s notes on Luke Wroblewski’s “Mobile To The Future” presentation at An Event Apart Austin…

Mobile to the Future

Brain Dump

A great coincidence, after yesterday’s post, that US web developer Jason Santa Maria has linked to a list of tips by Pixar story artist Emma Coats, who has tweeted a series of “story basics” recently: guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories. The tips are just as useful…

Brain Dump

Shift + refresh

Time for a re-think on how this website is organized and laid out. Priorities will be a more graphically appealing portfolio, a more easily scannable “blog” section, and a Mobile First approach to design and functionality. Stay tuned. (But don’t hold your breath while you do. It may be a while.)…

Shift + refresh

Flexible by default

One of the great things about being responsible for the technical direction of a team of developers is that you get to bring your ideas to a project and, in many instances, try out new techniques which would otherwise only be seen on a personal website or blog. I wrote at the beginning of the year about the…

Flexible by default

WordPress function: getting attachment and thumbnail captions for a post

It’s rare that I post anything heavily internet-related or even extremely code-geeky, so please skip this entry if it’s of no interest! I was asked today if I knew how to get the captions of Post attachments in WordPress and so I knocked up the following two functions; one which returns an array of all captions assigned to media files…

WordPress function: getting attachment and thumbnail captions for a post

Feeding the needs of fickle fans

A report in U.S. advertising publication Advertising Age a little while ago highlighted the interesting fact that for many companies, a presence in social media network Facebook is becoming statistically more popular than their own brand websites. However this change of tack may not necessarily be the best solution for businesses keen to promote their products and services.

Feeding the needs of fickle fans

coll8 Social Media Streaming

coll8, named as an abbreviation of the English word "collate", allows users of the WordPress publishing software to provide website visitors with a page which collates all of their social media streams into one place: from Twitter and Flickr to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube and Google Reader.

coll8 Social Media Streaming

The Hero

Where some advertisers choose the "viral" route of making a low-budget film to publicize themselves or their causes via YouTube, others still spend the time and make an effort to integrate some very cool interactivity to ensure that their offering or message gains widespread recognition.

The Hero