Espanish gitana Barcelones. K te cagas.

Musically, I prefer Malamente but this video is stronger. Perhaps a weaker audio track helps the cinematically stylised symbolism shine through. Like a flamethrower. Either way – Rosalía is an Iberian musical powerhouse. Bless you – atheistically speaking.  

Google owns .dev

Don’t use the .dev TLD (any more) for local dev work. Use .test. Now Google now owns/controls the .dev TLD, Chrome and Firefox are forcing HTTPS connections and local dev work is now at least tricky using the old localhost-dev-site on a .dev TLD… Continue Reading →

Studio, grey.

The new studio space. First victims are known to me.

Nick DenBoer just blew my mind.

developer.microsoft.com

Official Microsoft VMs for IE8 through IE11 and Edge

airbnb.design

Render AE animations to iOS, Android and React Native…

CSS animations and performance

Very few CSS animations are cheap in performance terms. Anything that causes the layout process (AKA reflow in Gecko browsers) is bad. The more complex your page the worse the performance hit. But – these four are apparently particularly cheap… Continue Reading →

Banksy made a Simpsons intro? Yup.

Missed this one from a few years back. Where was I? NYT wrote up on how it got done in this article: ‘The Simpsons’ Explains Its Button-Pushing Banksy Opening. Fabulous.

www.useronboard.com

User onboarding teardowns

SNL, Papyrus.

Funny worth sharing 🙂

macdown.uranusjr.com

MacDown – A very decent, free, Markdown editor for macOS

vim-adventures.com

Learn VIM

Batch setting the correct time and frame number on 35mm scans in Lightroom

Scans of my 35mm film shots always come back from the minilab both numbered in reverse order and with the scan time as the only date. Not in Ordnung. If they all have the same timestamp – then they will order… Continue Reading →

Installing Adobe Creative Suite (CS5) on macOS Sierra

I am actually still using Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) at home. Recently I’d updated to a more recent iMac and found it impossible to re-instal Design Premium. Was using the official disk image – freshly downloaded from my Adobe account. This… Continue Reading →

Just sayin’

A nod to the G Force crew. Number One son is a total geek – and a maker of costumes and models. As a family we like to dress up at Carnival round here. Perhaps next year we could be…… Continue Reading →

Just been reminded of the last classic Beastie Boys video…

A common white house

helpx.adobe.com

SASS and LESS in Dreamweaver. Nice.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and email

New Europe-wide regulations are arriving in a year or so… This will have enforceable impact on any company sending marketing emails to or within the EU. Enforceable as in these are EU regulations, not directives, and there are potentially very large fines… Continue Reading →

Patternify (for repeating patterns not repeating paternity)

‘Cos I forget where I find these things – and as far as Base64 pattern generators go this one’s a doozy. An old doozy, but a doozy, nevertheless.

Lost in the world like… Moby and Steve Cutts

Search multiple tags with WordPress

There’s plenty of backend solutions and plugins available – but if you just want to keep it simple; type your known tags into the URL bar with a “+” joining them (don’t forget the “/tag/” part): example.com/tag/cats+dogs/  

litmus.com

Busted email dev myths

Responsive or fluid HTLM5 banners from Adobe Animate

I used Adobe Animate in anger for the first time this week. One key thing I found; if you’re using it to make banners: you really must embed them in an iFrame. Firstly because the Javascript that makes them responsive… Continue Reading →

Oh my word! Gmail finally to support style tags and media queries…

I was such a doubter when I first heard the rumours. Of course it’ll take a while, then throw in the issue android email client fragmentation, but blimey this will make building email a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.

Fixed-up Nikon Nikkor 20mm f2.8 AF

Great success.

WordPress: excluding a category from author.php

(‘cos it took me more than a couple of minutes to find a relevant answer)

DeLorean Ipsum, of course!

Go here www.deloreanipsum.com

HTTP vs HTTPS

HTTPS is a speed demon…

Gmail and efficient CSS? Nah.

It’s not totally clear from the evidence but it seems the gmail team are lumping CSS and media queries together with Javascript and phishing attacks as major concerns. Seems odd but there you go. May explain they’re still killing responsive… Continue Reading →

Key new features in Photoshop CC (2015.5)

New: Selection and Masking Space; Content-Aware Crop; Match Font feature; Adjust Facial Features; in-context glyph selection…

Deleting of multi-line elements from associative arrays using RegEx find-and-replace in Dreamweaver

(Following-on from a simpler example: deleting PHP array elements that are each on a single line with Dreamweaver and RegEx.) I have series of associative arrays in a php file that reuse a set of keys. In this example I want… Continue Reading →

techcrunch.com

On iterative testing for iOS apps

Consumers do not consider themselves loyal

Video infographic from the UK Direct Marketing Association.

Email-a-vision

Amazing email, complete with 8 bit Rick Roll soundtrack. I always look froward to the monthly email design update from ActionRocket. This one’s been sitting in my inbox for a couple of months ‘cos it made me laugh so much I have to… Continue Reading →

Finally a Laravel-based CMS to play with. Would there were time. Pyro CMS version 3 https://www.pyrocms.com/

OK, Go gravity!

Just because.

Portrait or Landscape?

“What’s the breakdown for tablets by device orientation?”

The future of html email in Android land

On expected improvements to Gmail balanced against fragmentation in Android.

The Rich Man’s Frug

Crazy dance stuff you find through Facebook…

Email miscellany

New features in Google’s Inbox app email newsletter collation (at Google’s discretion so far – try TechCrunch Daily or Medium Digest) save to inbox – send yourself an email using your OS’s built-in sharing features (iOS/Chrome) – saved links then grouped… Continue Reading →

medium.com

The tangible benefits of designing at 1x pixel density

Simplifica – a rather lovely, free, typeface

See it in its full glory on Behance and/or grab a stashed version of it here.

medium.com

On why you can’t have the unedited photos…

So when did Hybrid HTML email coding start to be known as Spongy? I get it, it squeezes down small but can only expand to a certain point, but LOL –  spongy.

HTML email hacking for Outlook

Outlook is nasty, Outlook is bad. Outlook is a horrorbag. Target your HTML email fixes, cludges and workarounds for the various flavours of Outlook with Microsoft’s own conditional comment tags – as in these examples below… ‘IE’ refers to Outlook… Continue Reading →

Really beautiful, free, images for stock use

unsplash.com

litmus.com

Litmus have launched an free Email templates resource

Emmet in Dreamweaver FTW

I remember first trying out Emmet when it was the Zen Coding plugin for Coda (a good six or seven years ago). Now it’s all grown up, changed its name and it’s built-in to Adobe Dreamweaver.

How to market generic stock footage.

SnoopaVision!

Google Labs have been busy again. Have a look at their new beta YouTube product: SnoopaVision today! Fabulous. As promising as Gmail Motion I reckon….

Creative Control. The Movie. The Interview.

Hayao Miyazaki’s animation software now open-source.

The basic component of the animation software used by studio that brought us Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro is now open source.  

Adidas doing like it should be done

There’s also a long version of this too, but it loses some of the beauty-in-ambiguity of this delicious 30 second spot.

Deleting an element from an array in Dreamweaver with RegEx

You have a multidimensional array where the elements’ keys/values are each on their own line. You want to remove all elements that have the same key.

State of email production

Results from Litmus’ big-ole-survey of email production methods and issues. An interesting view of what folks are doing/using out there. Go over to see them and grab yourself a copy of the 2016 State of Email Production eBook. It’s very… Continue Reading →

Oooooh! A spanking new UX app from Adobe. Looks fab…

Called Adobe Experience Design CC it looks like a melding of Illustrator and Photoshop plus UX tools a very clever “Repeat Grid” design feature.

Litmus’ view of Email Client Marketshare

Infographictastic.

Resizing a VirtualBox Windows hard drive on a Mac

Distilled info from this OSX Daily article: “How to Resize a VirtualBox VDI or VHD File on Mac OS X“.

www.amp-what.com

And what?

hipsum.co

Hipster Lorem Ipsum

www.ushuaia.pl

Thank-ing you for the mul-ti-lin-gual hy-phen-a-tion tool

freshinbox.com

Ambient Animations in Email: Snow and Stars

The Forbidden Room. Wow.

Save Dreamweaver template files as .HTML files for SmartFocus (or anything else)

Just include an extra “.dwt” ‘pre-extension’ in the filename – i.e. filename.dwt.html.

Error? What Error?

Rockin’ the old skool with this reference to the classic BBC TV test card of the 70’s…

A lovely confluence of marketing and labs from Netflix

medium.com

Apple’s San Fransico font – a new modern classic?

Keeping HTML line breaks in PHP

Another should-know-this-already snippet of PHP know-how… PHP will not include any line breaks immediately after a closing PHP tag. If you need or want to preserve white space in your rendered HTML code you’ll need to add a space in… Continue Reading →

D’oh. Still a PHP noob after all… Despite NULL and FALSE meaning different things – they’re equal in PHP if you’re not type matching. ref http://stackoverflow.com/

The Johnson Box???

The “Preheader” or “Johnson Box” as it’s sometimes called appears in the list view of many email clients.  It follows on directly after the subject line and needs to work in conjunction with it.  It can also work as a standfirst… Continue Reading →

Exclude child categories from category listing in WordPress

Add this before the Loop in archive.php: Found on wordpress.org/support

www.creativereview.co.uk

Rebranding Kalashnikov: would you?

The future of Gmail

Google is bringing out a new email product: Google Inbox. It’s going to be a cross between email and task manager.

Responsive images – 2014 and beyond

I’ve read a couple of interesting articles about the future of images on the web. The Picture Element from HTML5 Rocks  Responsive Images in Practice on ALA There are two image problems that need solving in our multi-dimensional device landscape:… Continue Reading →

PC friendly Mac OS zip compression via the Terminal

If you work with systems that can’t ignore Mac OS File System meta data…

Time to drop responsive emails and go with fluid?

The rise of Android and Gmail in the last couple of years has massively changed the email landscape and has caused significant deterioration in the visual integrity of responsive email.

Fix overflow:hidden on div with display:table …

…one work-around is to add an extra containing div and set overflow:hidden on that. (Found when using display:table and display:table-cell; to vertically centre content of unknown height.)

Box model headaches a thing of the past?

There ain’t no fool like an old-school-fool.

Prevent line breaks on a forward slash

Need to prevent “£/$/€1,000,000!!!” or similar breaking over two lines at the forward slashes? CSS word-break, word-wrap, white-space not working for you?

On migrating and merging WordPress (local to remote)

Few things to note on the process of bringing this site to life…

Mansion recruitment site

Design and build of custom WordPress site for the Bulgarian technology and ops centre. A later update included categorised job postings.

Mac OS Apache ownership fix

Because the Apache user on a Mac OS X box is called “_www” not the more Linux-common “apache”…

More RegEx renaming in Adobe Bridge

Two more examples of Bridge renaming using Regular Expressions… 1. Use brackets around your RegEx search in Find to set a group which can be backreferenced in Replace: Current name: foo-tla-bar.jpg Find: (foo)(-.{3}-)(-bar) Replace: $1newstring$3 Result: foo-newstring-bar.jpg 2. find “yyyy-mm-“:… Continue Reading →

Can-o-worms

Harpy birthday Langers

Building a GIT changelog with PHP

The below PHP generates a cachefile used to display a GIT changelog. (Because I didn’t have the power to get GIT installed onto the production server…) If the following simple script in your repo directory doesn’t do it you may… Continue Reading →

Quickly search for a file on a (PC) server from a Mac client

Searching for files on a Windows server from a Mac can be very slow or even fail altogether but with a bit of shell trickery it’s very quick. The script below is 95% instructions – the payload is at the… Continue Reading →

Dynamically create a PHP variable name

Thanks to this post “Dynamic variable names in PHP” for enlightening me on how easy this is. There’s a lot of stuff out there about PHP variable variables but if you just want to craft a variable’s name based on… Continue Reading →

Arabic text in Adobe Photoshop

…or how to create any right-to-left script layer in Photoshop Photoshop is not fully prepared for working with right-to-left (RTL) languages: you can’t properly use Arabic or Hebrew for more than pasting in single non-breaking lines. This is a limitation in… Continue Reading →

A simple regex rename with Adobe Bridge

Adobe’s Bridge application has a very handy built-in file renaming utility. If you need to add a suffix, a numeric prefix or do a simple string substitution it’s ready and waiting just a keystroke away… But for more complex string… Continue Reading →

Acrobat batch extract pages

Based on an example script provided by Adobe. [ Adobe’s PDF documentation for Batch Sequences ] [ Further documentation and Acrobat SDKs at Adobe ] [ Good Acrobat JavaScript prefs (main required settings are on by default – but you can take the opportunity to enable… Continue Reading →

Remove and ignore dreamweaver dwsync.xml files from your GIT repo

1. Remove any files already added form the working directory. For example: $ git rm -f *dwsync.xml 2. Set up (or create) your global git ignore file in your home directory: $ printf “dwsync.xmlnThumbs.dbn” >> ~/.gitignore 3. using git config… Continue Reading →

Hard coding your site URL in WordPress

I discovered this handy feature when troubleshooting a login problem for a client of mine. If you swap your WP database between your local development and production server at all regularly — and don’t fancy editing your site URL and… Continue Reading →

Nice WordPress article in .Net

Nice article about WordPress in my favourite web design and develpment magazine (issue 217  of .NET). Usual stuff but well written without either speeding or jabbering. There’s a nice overview of Custom Menus, Multisite, Custom Post Formats, Custom Post types and… Continue Reading →

PHP 101. Basic stuff: get value from URL querystring with PHP

As I’m still an idiot when it comes to media queries and mobile devices and can pass this stuff on to other folks – but needed to give myself and the interested parties a visual representation of how different sized… Continue Reading →

JavaScript redirect based on referrer

Basic stuff (as often the case not immediately findable). You want a simple script to redirect to a different page if te referrer is such and such. In the following example the two referral page options ( foo.html and bar.html… Continue Reading →

CSS 3 pseudo-classes and attribute selectors in Internet Explorer

Thanks to my mate Tony I’ve been introduced to this rather delicious (and very small) jQuery plugin that adds support for, among other things the :nth-child pseudo class. If this had been around a year ago ‘d have avoided having… Continue Reading →

Getting a page ID in WordPress

Q. Want to get something in your theme to work with data from a particular page or post – but don’t know for sure what that post’s ID is? A. Try this in your functions.php file: …then you can then… Continue Reading →

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