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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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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 […]

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Quick fix

To remove the reflection of the camera’s flash I used very large, soft brush and with a pressure sensitive pen I gently painted over the glaring areas. Sometimes you need very little to make a difference and save the photo. [column width=”twelve” place=”last” ] [/column] [column width=”twelve” place=”last” ][/column]

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May the Force be with us!

Probably everyone of us was wondering how would it be if we were a different person. Soon we will be able to create 3D model of ourselves using a webcam or a mobile phone and then upload it into a game. It is possible that with a 3D printer we will be able to make […]

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Essential web design software for Power PC

A useful legacy software that might be hard to find anywhere else.

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Falling towers no more

Lens distortion and unwanted perspective effects might ruin your picture, making it look like a still image from a first person shooter game. In the original picture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the minarets look as they are about to fall on each other. This can easily be fixed with Photoshop. Choose from the top menu: Filter […]