My new job has got me thinking about the payment funnel more than I was required to do previously. The trick with the funnel seems to be to never give the customer any reason to leave it.
This came to mind today, when I tried to purchase the second fridge freezer I have ever bought. This is an exciting landmark in any life and I was understandably nervous. Rather than forming aesthetic opinions about fridge freezers (surely the path to madness) I decided to let Ethical Consumer dictate which one to buy. …
Too busy for this nonsense? Just check out the final Codepen.
You’ve probably seen these kinds of controls before — they look like this:
… and as you mouse over them, the current star and every previous star highlights, to indicate your current selection
An anonymous friend texted me the following:
“Is there a sofa seat to cushion ratio? My parents have a four seater but surely no excuse for 12 cushions?”
Well, today is Christmas eve and I’m (nominally) working, so let’s explore this question together.
My personal preference is for zero cushions but (quickly checks privilege into the cloakroom) I am a reasonably tall man. I’m aware I’m at the extreme end of the following bell curve:
I built an icon search tool, which ran into performance problems. This is how I fixed them…
The kind of projects I most enjoy involve taking a new set of brand guidelines and building a front end for them. Making Lego-like blocks, which can stick together in infinite combinations and offer a huge amount of flexibility for years to come.
I’ve come to realise that the best place to start such projects is to work with a designer and put together a digital design guidelines site. …
You might remember the scene from Blade Runner where Harrison Ford’s character enhances a photo beyond anything which seems possible. How close are we to achieving this? Blade Runner is set in 2017. It’s now 2019. We don’t have the ESPER device from the film, but we do have ESRGAN. ESRGAN (Enhanced SRGAN) is a way of enlarging low-resolution images and somehow adding detail. A bit. It’s really really hard to get working under Windows 10. Which is why I’m going to document it here, in painstaking detail. You’re welcome.
First, let’s show you what it does. In the image…
I’m not claiming to have solved the issue of office air conditioning, but I’d like to document the system we have in our part of the office, just in case…
Tabs are a solved problem, right? WRONG.
For a user interface which stretches back to the 1970s (in digital form, at least), you might be surprised how little consensus there is about how they work. You might not agree with everything you’re about to read, but I can 100% guarantee* you will learn something.
* All guarantees come with the understanding that you know less than I do, in this particular area.
:first-letter's an ancient pseudo-element, which has excellent modern support. It can be used to add a drop-capital to paragraphs, like this. You're probably looking at it and thinking “this is another pseudo-element, right? Cool. I know how to use this. I've tinkered with
Perhaps I’m projecting, because that’s exactly what I thought last week. I was wrong. Please, allow me to share what I’ve learned (I’ve created examples of all of these on this codepen).
:first-letter selector finds the first character within an element, then applies certain styles to it. That even applies if…
The following is a talk I plan to present to school pupils close to leaving age. It’s an introduction to what it’s like to be a web developer in a large agency. This is a work in progress!
My name’s Ross and I work at a web design agency called AmazeRealise. We have offices in Leith, Liverpool, Manchester and London.
I’d like to start by telling you a story. Three years ago, my company organised a competition. Each department within the agency would get to take over the company Twitter account for a week and Tweet whatever they wanted. At…
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