Nostagia, in CSS

The other day I was working on a table and I realized that the colors I was using for table striping reminded me of that old green bar printer paper–you know, the kind with the tear-off strips of holes on the side? A little bit of tinkering later and I ended up with some css […]

Someone should write this, part 2

Tezcatlipoca as a jazz musician in the 1920s. Quetzalcoatl should show up and sass him, but then maybe they end up saving the world together. Or maybe not. There should be speakeasies and Gatsby-esque decadence. It might take place in the same world as American Gods and Anansi Boys.

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Results of the 2013 freelance rates survey

I quit freelancing and got a full-time gig so I could stop having to think about this sort of thing, but this would have been super-nice to have when I was just starting–it won’t tell you what you specifically should charge, but having a ballpark of what other people might be asking would have been fantastic. So, promote, share, and enjoy.

Privacy and autocompleted usernames

I dislike sites having access to information (e.g. from a social network) that I haven’t explicitly said they could have. I also get peeved at sites like Quora being very pushy about getting me to log in, in particular with said social networks, presumably so they can track what I, as a particular individual, am […]

Werewolves in Star Fleet

There aren’t enough scifi/fantasy crossovers. Think urban fantasy in a space opera setting, or perhaps…werewolves in star fleet. I was thinking of the latter the other day when I was wondering what effect space travel would have on lycanthropy (I don’t remember how I got on that particular train of thought)–is it just Earth’s moon, […]

IAS13 – Revolutionising GOV.UK

This is part of a series of notes from the Information Architecture Summit from 2013. All posts will be tagged ias13. This talk was presented by Paul Annett. Before: hundreds of government department websites make it hard to find stuff, have to know how gov works to know where to look 1 in 5 phone […]

IAS13 – Brown Dirt UX – Creating Impact Without Permission

This is part of a series of notes from the Information Architecture Summit from 2013. All posts will be tagged ias13. This talk was presented by Adam Polansky. How can I position myself to do my best work? Be known as a trusted advisor, convince the people who make decisions Jeffrey Gitomer: “Trust forms the […]

IAS13: Design Guidelines: Real-Life Stories

This is part of a series of notes from the Information Architecture Summit from 2013. All posts will be tagged ias13. This talk was presented by Rachel Sengers, Lesley Humphreys, Rob Fay, and Christopher Merkel. Rachel Sengers: JDSU (test and measurement equip for telecom)–just started on the design guidelines process kickstarted with workshop week with […]

Changing element display order in css (without flexbox)

I was recently in a position where I had to build a responsive design that had an image on the left of some text that was centered vertically in the image: But the small-screen version had the image below the text: Since the design was responsive, not a separate mobile site, I could either write […]