Archive for February, 2009:

Grid design


Published on February 14th, 2009
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When I saw the above (left) advert in the student newspaper I was immediately struck by how appalling it was. I knew I had to redesign it (right).
On an informational level, the date of the performance, something a prospective audience member would probably like to know, has been reduced to a subscript. And on the [...]

Roundup Timelog and Priority Colours


Published on February 13th, 2009
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Yesterday’s post is really just a prelude to this bit of code I wanted to release. In the customisation docs of Roundup is a guide to add a time logging. As a freelancer it is important for me to log the time I spend on various tasks, and I’m sure other people would like this [...]

The perfect small issue tracker: Roundup


Published on February 13th, 2009
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All software products have bugs, and we need a way to keep a track of them.
A couple of months ago I needed one of these “issue trackers”, as I was having trouble remembering all the things that needed fixing in something I was working on. There are a couple of… famous? … trackers, Bugzilla and [...]

Don’t use Waterstones.com


Published on February 9th, 2009
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Hi Waterstones employee,
I used your website to order a book yesterday, and I probably won’t be using it again.
Here’s why:

You wanted me to make a new account.
I know you want my details so you can spam m-, sorry, keep me informed of interesting offers. But what I wanted to do was buy a book, not [...]

A new blog, and how to hide text with CSS


Published on February 8th, 2009
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What’s this, another blog? Just what the Internet needs! Please forgive me while I create a decent theme.
In the mean time here’s something that’s useful: How to hide text using CSS while maintaining accessibility . This is something I come across quite frequently: a design specifies that there should be a lovely header image with [...]