Archive for 2008

Cinema-style content ratings for websites

29 December 2008

Recently, the UK Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Andy Burnham did an interview with The Telegraph. During the interview he confirmed that the government was looking into a cinema-style rating system for websites. As a web developer, hosting provider and internet user, I do not understand how such […]

Designer’s block

21 December 2008

Last week I was busy trying to put together a new design website design for an important client at work.  As always, we were on a very tight deadline and it had to be completed the end of the next day.  I’d left work early so I could concentrate on the design without being distracted […]

Staying ahead of the game

28 November 2008

The web design & development industry is incredibly fast paced.  What is current and acceptable today, might not be tomorrow.  New technologies are being developed all the time, new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking.  As I’ve mentioned before, keeping on top of these changes is almost a full time job in itself.  […]

DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper! Day 7

25 November 2008

This weekend I went along to a Developer Day at Microsoft’s campus in Reading.  The community-organised day concentrated on software development using Microsoft’s .NET Framework.  However, unlike conferences such as PCD and Mix, there were no Microsoft technologists in sight.  Instead, all the speakers were from members of the .NET development community. During the day, […]

A look at government branding

20 November 2008

A few days ago I came across an article about the branding of the Dutch Government. It appears that they are fed up of having different brand for each of their 200(ish) departments and ministries. Instead, they are developing a single ‘Government’ brand that will be used for everything the government does, irrespective of the […]

60+ essential feeds for web developers

13 November 2008

Selene M. Bowlby, a web designer and developer who has recently taken the jump into full time freelance work has just posted a blog entry with 60+ essential feeds for freelance web designers. She made the post in response to an open thread on Freelance Folder asking “How Do You Stay Sharp?“. As a web […]

The problem with the commute…

11 November 2008

It has been nearly 4 1/2 months since I started working for the Cardiff web design company, so you would think I would be getting used to the daily routine.  Get up at before 7, drive or catch train to Cardiff, get to the office at 8.30, work till 5.30, drive or catch train home, […]

All gone quiet

17 October 2008

I’ve been very quiet for the last 6/7 weeks.  Everything has been a bit crazy at work – lots to do, lots already done, but not much to show for all the effort! Over the last few months we’ve been busy working on several new websites, a fair number of which have now been handed […]

Techcrunch gets a redesign

31 August 2008. 1 Comment

I’m a little behind the times, but better late than never! Techcrunch, a technology blog covering ‘web 2.0’ and internet start ups had a bit of a redesign earlier this week.  As a blog that I keep track of all the time, I’m really pleased to see it move away from its previous, cluttered look […]

So much to do

6 August 2008

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog over the last few months because I’ve spent pretty much every waking moment working, commuting or working some more.  During office hours I’ve been working as a full time web developer for a web development company in Cardiff.  I’ve spent the last month and a half […]

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