Cropping Images For Aesthetics

Believe it or not, there’s an art to cropping larger images properly and in a way that doesn’t make the image look…well…rubbish. In this post I’m going to talk about the aesthetics of well composed images and the importance of cropping to the strengths of the image.

New Laptop, New Process

I just bought a new laptop. Partly because my old one had slowed down essentially to a halt, but also because I needed to shake up the way I work away from my desk. It’s a MacBook Air. It’s my first MacBook and after one week of use, I’m fairly sure it won’t be my last.

Fixing Upgrade Problems in WordPress

During December 2010 and January 2011, WordPress released four upgrades to the core, which is quite a lot. I’ve had issues in the past with both core and plugin upgrades, but all have eventually been rectified. Thankfully, it seems as though I’ve finally learnt my lesson(s).

Building an Admin System in WordPress With Custom Post Types, Taxonomies and Meta Boxes

WordPress introduced some majorly important updates when version 3.0 was released back in June last year. Some of the new features have really helped shake off any of the persistent rumblings about WordPress not being a true CMS. As with all new updates to a platform like this, it requires you to learn a little bit more about the system. And I find the best way to learn is to do.

Why I Chose to Build an Admin System

Web designers are busy people. Running a web design agency is a busy job. You’re front and center for every aspect of your business. You need to manage your clients, your projects, your contacts and everything associated with them. When you’re first starting out it’s easy to get by by making notes here and there and just remembering the important things. But as your client list and responsibilities grow you’ll need something a little more professional to help keep you in check.

2010 Recap and Plans For 2011

So 2011 has begun and I’m feeling increasing pressure to lay down some resolutions and/or plans for rest of the year. First off, a recap of last year.

Website Focus: Archiduchesse

Given that one of our most recent website builds was an e-commerce shop, we thought it appropriate to do a Focus post on a website of this kind. So, in our second Website Focus, we look at a French e-commerce store that sells a range of trendy and comfortable sportswear socks. Meet Archiduchesse.

Why Your Web Designer Should Be Your Best Friend

When it comes to something as important as your website, you want nothing but a healthy relationship with your designer. There are already too many ways in which your website can go wrong and being bottom of your designer’s priority list is the last thing you need.

Book Review: Rework by Jason Fried

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. At least that’s how it feels. As if Jason Fried was in my head collecting all the scattered thoughts that I’m unable to put into words and documented them chapter by chapter…then sold them to me for £10.99.