Dark Mode Doesn’t Need to be Inverted White on Black - October 14, 2019 - Blog, Web

As outlined recently, it’s fairly easy to support dark mode on your website, by referencing the device defaults, as set by the user. The only dark mode implementations I have seen so far have been inversions of the black text on a white background default. But on a content based site, is this best for […]

Adding a Dark Mode to your Website - September 26, 2019 - Blog, UX, Web

With iOS 13 out and many prowling the net in darkmode, you may not want to shine a spotlight into their face should they happen upon your #fff body. It will very soon be an affront to do so as people expect dark backgrounds at night (even though I believe dark/light is an intermediary step […]

Wandering Earl - December 20, 2014 - Web

A custom theme for a prize-winning travel blogger (2010).

Responsive Web Design: Breakpoints (Suck) - November 17, 2014 - Blog, Interactive, Web

I’ve been doing responsive web design since it hit the fan in 2010, and it’s really challenged and changed how I do web design in general. (Primer: The basic idea is that the way elements are displayed on the screen changes depending on the width of that screen. That way, a website can look just […]

When is a button not a button? Reflections on flat “design” - October 4, 2013 - Blog, Interactive, UX, Web

Read on for the answer to this enigma. iOS7 went live went live last week. Love it or hate it, you’ll notice a move away from the bumps, shadows, curves and gradients you knew, towards a lighter, simpler and flatter visual style. It’s both the latest trend and a move towards simplicity. “Flat design” has […]

Know Thy Theme - September 28, 2013 - Blog, Marketing, Interactive, UX, Web

A lot of what I do for people is to convince them of importance of thematic integrity and encourage them to maintain it. We need themes in things. They’re the point of entry; the reference point from which we can put them in context. Themes are useful for reducing mental and emotional overhead by establishing […]

Choice: the Enemy of Simplicity - September 25, 2013 - Blog, Interactive, UX, Web

The challenge in delivering simplicity is, marketing wants to bring more functionality to bear, engineering wants to bring more options to bear– and all of that just adds to the confusion and clutter. That’s when printing a document becomes confounded with all these buttons and fields and tabs. Don Lindsay Simplicity in consumer software shouldn’t […]

So Your Kid wants a Website? - August 31, 2013 - Blog, Interactive, Web

Fantastic. Self directed learning at work. But now it falls to you: how the hell do you help your child create something so mysterious as a website? There are tools out there to allow complete novices launch their own site, such as WordPress or WIX. While empowering, these services all have one thing in common […]

Why I Love Design - August 6, 2013 - Blog, Interactive, Web

Design is powerful method to help manifest the potential in anything. Making things more of what they could be is naturally exciting and something I want to do more of. Design is the rendering of intent – Jared Spool It’s a method because at it’s best design is a conscious, deliberate and logical process. Non-designers […]

Styling and Altering the WordPress Comment Form - June 22, 2013 - Blog, Culture, Design, Web

The comment form has got to be the worst thing about WordPress. Well, it’s quite powerful, I’m sure of that, but that comes at the expense of flexibility. Most of WordPress you can bend to your will with a CSS, HTML and a little PHP – but to get into the files that dictate the […]

TDK A33… The Best Sounding Bluetooth Speaker? - February 21, 2013 - Reviews, Web

This post is a little old now and there are many other better bluetooth speakers on the market. Please checkout my coverage of these great Edifier desktop/bookshelf powered monitors Rating: 5 Update: The links in this article have been redirected to the A33’s successor, the A34. I’ve tried this out in a local store, it’s […]

Do Retina Images Really Mean Larger Files? - November 13, 2012 - Blog, Interactive, Web

Common sense says yes, but guess what? You can have your cake and eat it too, especially when it comes to picture images. Long story short, a retina jpeg image can be compressed a lot more before the artefacts interfere with the eye, so much so that they can look better even at a lower […]

Adventures in Fluid Web Design - November 6, 2012 - Blog, Interactive, Web

I’d love to talk to you about my journey into discovery of what a website is, and in building adaptable websites with a relatively new technique called ‘responsive design.’ At first I was utterly confused and a little scared because my understanding was dominated by what is referred to as the ‘collective fantasy’ of the […]

Simple, Plain-Text Social Sharing Links - October 18, 2012 - Blog, Interactive, Web

The web is awesome, blogs are a revolution. But the ease of self-publishing comes at a price: the mass use of pre-packaged designs and tack-on solutions, all of which add to visual noise and serve to cheapen the content. Over at alidark.com I’ve been aiming to reinstate a smidgen of the dignity by paring things […]

Small but Useful Apps for Mac - - Interactive, Web

I’ve been a Mac user since 2010 when I discovered the Macbook Pro. The finding was serendipity, and the same machine is still going strong a few years and updates later. Here are some of the smaller apps I use that improve my life or computing experience. Most of these are unobtrusive task bar apps, […]

How to Make Whole Post Excerpt a Clickable Link - - Blog, Interactive, Web

With potentially millions of people visiting your website (you hope) with nothing but their big fat fingers to guide them, and considering you might not have the hundred thousand dollar budget it takes to make well-designed separate sites for each class of device, it makes sense to start designing a website that will work just […]

When Simplicity Gets Misused (Users aren’t Amused) - October 9, 2012 - Blog, Web

Not so long ago I moved further away from a typical blog layout and implemented a minimalistic homepage, that to me felt more authentic and natural. I loved it for a month or so, until I started thinking a lot about its usability. It had a serious problem. I’d made a classic mistake, where  simplicity […]