SVG Animation on Hover with GreenSock

One thing I’ve tried to do more of is to use animations on frontend projects I’ve been involved with. GreenSock animation library is a great way of standardising and improving on animations that otherwise wouldn’t be available on all browsers. Animations add another dimension to your projects that helps users and can provide either an extra bit of feedback, extra charachter, and even increase conversions. I really love GreenSock for it’s performance and range of animations.

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Continuous Deployment with Netlify and Hugo

Over the past few days, I’ve moved tech stack entirely for deliciousreverie.co.uk, from reseller hosting using PHP to cloud hosting on AWS by Netlify, and using continuous deployment. This post details some of the hazards and benefits I encountered. Since I created this blog, I’ve always been a very proud user of Perch CMS and have recently upgraded to Perch 3, which brought loads of enhancements as well as an improved interface.

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Published article: Designing for Animation

Deciding what to animate as a designer can be difficult, particularly because everything you do has to be expressed in code. And not everything can be. This post for the Indigo Tree blog aims to help designers identify some things they might like to keep in mind when designing for interactions. This is a stub from an article I had published on the Indigo Tree website. In it, I discuss some principle factors that designers could consider when designing interactions, even though they might not understand how to code.

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Published article: Pursuing Professionalism in Web Accessibility

There’s been a growing amount of talk about making websites more useable to people with disabilities in recent weeks. In this article I wrote for the Indigo Tree blog, I notice how we have been increasingly aware of our role in providing access to the web to a wider range of people and discuss how it’s already helping our clients increase their reach. This is a stub from an article I had published on the Indigo Tree website.

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Published article: The Hidden Cost of Slow Websites

In this article, I ask Indigo Tree customers if they think that website load speed matters? Is it something they factor into design decisions, pricing, and expected Return on Investment when commissioning a website project? I then hilight the business reasons why it should… This is a stub from an article I had published on the Indigo Tree website. In it, I discuss how we’ve found that hastily commissioned websites based on cost only leads to further issues for companies further down the line, and that they could actually end up costing more than a website from Indigo Tree.

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2016 Review / 2017 Aims

2016 as a year was as unconventional as they come. Globally there have been some massive shifts politically, socially and in other ways. My life too has taken some pretty interesting turns. I’m following suit here by posting a quick review of my year and what I hope I can achieve in 2017 from a professional perspective. When I look back at the start of 2016 it is with a huge amount of mixed feelings.

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First Steps with Laravel

For a while now I’ve felt like I’m leaving Wordpress behind me. It’s a great platform and I certainly wouldn’t be a developer if Wordpress hadn’t got me started along this route. However, comes a time when all of us must press on to things that help us to continue to grow; I don’t feel that Wordpress is that tool. So I’m moving on to Laravel. Some developers at my current place of work really love Laravel.

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How I Created My Home Web Server

Is it just me or does Apple’s iCloud seem like a very simple solution to a problem all of us in a connected world face? That of storing, managing and sharing photos of our loved ones, holidays and interests with others? Instead of being faced with ever increasing charges from Apple to store my stuff, I decided to get a solution I could be more in control of. You Will Need I could have done this project by setting it up on my own existing home computer, but I already had a spare laptop that had been given to me.

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A Journey With Dylan: Halfway Through

A Few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I was taking a journey through the studio albums of Bob Dylan, starting with his first eponymous album, and discovering new albums and tracks along the way which resonated with me. I’m now about half way through the catalogue, and have encountered a few surprises. (Here’s the previous post, in case you haven’t read it.) I wrote a few weeks ago that Dylan is an artist that demands constant re-assessment from his fans.

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Introducing Biko: my new body font

Typography on the web is a world of hard choices. I started this website using quite a different set of fonts than I have now. But since then my perspective has changed on a few things, and I’ve finally switched to an entirely new set of fonts for deliciousreverie.co.uk. Here’s a few of the processes I’ve been through when considering these changes. I started out using one font in 2 styles and 2 weights from Google’s excellently stocked and totally free Fonts library.

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“You don't necessarily have to write to be a poet.” —Bob Dylan