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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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Doughnut chart SVG Animation

For a recent project, I was asked to design an animation for a doughnut chart. The data could be dynamically editable by the content author, who could also choose how many animations to display on a given content area.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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