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iStat Pro widget for Mac

I recently reinstalled the whole macOS on main main computer (yikes!) and had difficulties finding this old but useful little widget, so I thought I’ll make it available for download here: iStat Pro.wdgt Here is the ‘light’ version of the widget, iStat Nano: iStat nano.wdgt

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tips & tricks

WordPress security

Websites built on Wordpress can be easily made much more secure with few simple steps.

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web design

How to design optimised hero modules

Hero images, slide-shows and videos usually cover the whole viewport. This is quite simple to achieve with pure css table or a little bit of js. If we care of showing the content below the hero image without scrolling – perhaps contact details or a fragment of page’s navigation menu, just to make it more […]

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macos tips & tricks

How to prevent elements in iCloud Drive from syncing with your Macs

A quick and easy workaround without any additional software.

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graphic design photo-editing web design

How to create responsive-ready images

You might have heard about responsive design, adaptive design, fluid layouts and similar. Those terms usually refer to website and app design. Other graphic elements can also have several mutations. Elements such as logos, photography and illustration must often ‘respond’ to changes in dynamic artworks they are part of. The coloured rectangles in the presented picture […]

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web design web-coding

Reverse engineering of Google Maps

No Man’s Sky is an innovative video game set in a huge, procedurally generated universe. I’ve created a portable web-app to aid navigation throughout its galaxies. It was a fun fan project, loosely based on Google Maps mobile app’s interface. It was a great JavaScript, UI and UX challenge as building a cross-browser, mobile-friendly, single-page […]

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Getting the best of the WordPress ‘framework’

It is always good to have the ability of introducing changes step-by-step. Even if it is a theme change.

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Buy a gadget = help someone.

It is encouraging to see when big corporations share a bit of they website traffic for a good cause.

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‘Styling’ your web experience

Whether you’re a graphic designer or not, eventually you will find yourself thinking – “Why is this font so small”, or “I wish they haven’t put this massive ad banner here” . Sometimes a single design decision can ruin your experience with a favourite website…

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New OS for Mac, Yosemite – not for everyone (still)

Couple of years ago Apple introduced iCloud, which seemed to be a first, good shot at innovating few decades old file system. With iOS 8 and Yosemite apple introduces iCloud Drive, a completely ‘new’ approach – which in fact forces us to throw all our files back in one bag, where it was prior the iCloud.

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Meet Aretha

Enclosure for a server in retro style. Bi-directional protection.

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Personal cloud redefined

My adventure with personal cloud started few years ago, when a customer came into a computer shop I was working in that time asked to recycle his old electronic junk. One of his items happened to be a HP MediaSmart home server – a very capable device. Setting it up is bit challenging and it’s […]

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Retina display sprites with Sass & Compass

Create and maintain sprite-maps in various resolutions.

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Data visualisation of user agent statistics

In my earlier post I shared the code to collect the website visitors’ device technical specifications. That data is a very helpful in web design as it allows us to target most popular screen sizes, browser types, devices etc, allowing majority of visitors to have best possible user experience without going for a complex and […]

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Collecting browser statistics data

For those who would like to tinker with collecting user-agent data I share my code to read the technical information from the visitor’s browsers. That data is very helpful in creating user-friendly, optimal websites, websites that look good and deliver important content on all the modern devices. I urge you to add this code (or […]

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A bunch of fresh user device statistics

Last year I wrote a post on most common screen resolutions used by people visiting the website I was working on. Those stats helped me to optimise my layout for a typical browser viewport used by potential clients. As the ‘user agent’ research proved to be helpful in the design process I decided to go for […]

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9 things that will get you more money and satisfaction from work

Every commercial activity and non-profit organisation has a logo. Freelancers, musicians, corporations, butchers, all have a common goal usually – to differentiate their products from competition or/and fit in a trend. At least they should be doing that if they want to succeed, but often they just choose to release their long forgotten creative talent instead.

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A problem with code ‘crafting’

I love my job, and take my work very seriously, but to start treating what are essentially ones and zeroes as a craft, or a labour of love, is entirely misguided. Our job is more serious than craft, which implies hobby, or pastime. I don’t want my plumber to ‘lovingly hand-craft his U-bends’, I want […]

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XP-stalgia – VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a free program that allows you to run all sorts of virtual machines on your Mac.

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archive design tools

Pixel-perfect work in Adobe Illustrator

I always favoured Illustrator over Photoshop in designing for web. With new features focused on pixels the rivalry between both applications became even tougher.

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Browser window size statistics for web design

Most hits come from 1300px and wider screens, second big group is just below 1000px.

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Tibetan theme bedroom decor

A quick mockup of wall decoration without getting hands dirty.

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Creating a website in shabby chic style

Shabby chic style characterises a sweet combination of vintage objects and grunge textures. It often goes beyond kitsch, but if used with care can be stylish, too.

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Rebranding a Country

A quick concept of redesign of the Polish national flag. F1 and soccer team wear – examples and visuals.

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Building a new website: where do I start?

A short summary of key elements required to set-up a website for a start-up organisation.

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Free website builders – pros and cons

Web designer/agency or Squarespace? – Few things to consider for your future dot com space.

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Digital make-up

Today’s photography often include elements of collage and something you could call digital painting. As the retouching tools are getting more advanced, photos look more natural and  it is not obvious whether we look at a real thing or at an artist impression. Photographs for adverts usually need a lot of retouching, either to make […]