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A bit of business,
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Procrastiworking by Jessica Hische at New Adventures

New Adventures was a fantastic conference, but my favourite talk of all was Jessica’s – who had come “dressed as the internet” in her crazy leggings with photos of cats all over them…seriously! The subject of her talk was called Procrastiworking – which is a word she coined for the work you do (or feeling like doing) while putting off...

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Location Based Services

We’re normally told as freelancers that location doesn’t matter because we all work online anyways. Imagine my relief then, as when I first started freelancing, I lived in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes outside of Nashville. But the advice was right, after my initial struggle with getting clients, I became so busy I was often scheduled up 2-3 months...

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Backwards Responsive

I’m a developer, not a designer, so pretty much 100% of my clients already have their designs finished by the time they come to me. Most of them don’t really start thinking about a device centric web until they come to their developer, which means the designs are often not designed with mobile in mind. More than that, there’s often...

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Animations on Scroll with CSS3 & JS

I’ve been working on a really cool site that requires a lot of custom animations on a one page smooth scrolling site. Being the CSS lover I am, most of these are done via CSS3, however they wanted certain panels to have text fade in or slide over when the user scrolled down to it. Nikita and I sat down...

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Secret Sneak Peak of an Admin

Being married to one of the lead programmers of CoreCommerce means I get to see what’s coming before everyone else. I admit I stopped using their software a year or so back in favour of WooCommerce and WordPress, but they’re still great for sites that need to have a full eCommerce solution. A big reason of why I stopped using the...

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Resoluting 2013

I’m normally not one to care about New Years, but I decided that I wanted to make some major changes in my life in 2013. While 2012 was a great year in London, there were several things that happened that weren’t so pleasant, and I seemed to fall off the rails a bit in both my personal and professional life....

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Review of the Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7

I’ve been a fan girl of Apple’s now since before college. My first ever Apple product was a Powerbook and I was one of the first in line to get the first iPhone. Through the years, I’ve stuck with the iPhone through the release of Android, Blackberries and now, the Windows Phone. Thanks to the lovely people at Microsoft Ubelly...

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Is It Adaptive or Responsive Web Design?

There seems to be a lot of confusion in the industry among both us web folk and clients about the differences between adaptive and responsive web design. I’ve even seen someone go so far as to say they’re both the same thing. They’re not. For the most part, clients could care less what way you go about mobile – as long...

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Hello, Emmett.

It’s true what they say about old dogs and new tricks. I have to admit I’m not the most embracing when it comes to trying out new ways to code. However I quickly fell in love with one Emmett (aka Zen Coding) as soon as I saw their intro video on their website. Before I go one with the review,...

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20 Mobile UI Tips For Developers

My talk from HandHeld 2012. I’ll be writing a conference review for Ubelly in the next day or so. Slide Intro Slide Let’s say your boss comes to you one day and wants you to code a new site that will work across all browsers and devices. “No Problem” you say, because you love responsive design. Slide BUT the designer...

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