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Published article: From Wordpress to Developing in React — Starting to See It

As a frontend designer I’ve always prided myself on being a HTML and CSS specialist. My use of JavaScript has been limited to animations and DOM manipulation. However, at Indigo Tree we’re branching out from our staple of Wordpress and trying different methods of creating websites with functionality that our clients require, whilst maximising their budget.

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Published article: Notes from React London September 2017

In September I attended React London meetup at Facebooks offices near Kings Cross to hear Benjie Gillam, Faraz Khan and Robbie McCorkell talk about GraphQL and css-in-js strategies.

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Borges and I

As a teenager, and on into my twenties, I developed a real affinity for existential philosophy, but one author that was never mentioned as part of that group was the Argentinian writer and translator Jorge Luis Borges. It wasn’t until I stumbled across a collection of his work eight years ago that I even heard of him.

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Losing Peter

Recently I found out that a close friend of mine whom I had lost touch with had taken his own life. This has had a great impact on me, and still saddens me every time I think of him. I want to share this to document our friendship and share some of the thoughts I’ve had since.

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Published Article: What Is JAMStack Web Technology

I wrote this post for the Indigo Tree blog. It’s aimed at a non-technical audience who want to get a grasp of the benefits of using JAMStack.

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First Steps with Story Animations

For a while now I’ve really enjoyed tinkering with animations as a way to bring a lot more quality to my projects. But as well as providing interactivity, I was curious to explore another way animations can be used in a project: to tell a story.

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Published Article: 5 Steps To Speed Up a Slow Website

I wrote this post for the Indigo Tree blog. It’s a case study about how I reduced loading times on a site from 42 seconds (I know, right?!) to only 3 seconds.

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Using CSS Grid In Production Today

For me, as well as a lot of others, CSS Grid is the most exciting thing to happen since CSS3 … possibly even CSS2. But many fear using it in production. This post tackles one common use case where a Flexbox fallback provides support for Internet Explorer and Edge.

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The Music of Mike Oldfield

I’ve enjoyed the music of Mike Oldfield since I was about 15. Wow, I’ve just realised that’s about 20 years. What makes me keep coming back to this artist? What tracks would I recommend if you wanted to get an overview of his work?

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Performance: Should We Name and Shame?

As a conscientious developer, I’ve become more determined to put performance front & center on new projects I create. As an industry, we’ve had more and more focus on this issue, and it’s often the topic of conference talks and articles. But I think it could be time to go further than we have in the past.

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“Design isn't just how it looks. Design is what it does.” —Steve Jobs