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 […]

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 […]

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 […]