5 things I’ve learnt this month whilst blogging

Well I’ve been doing this web design blogging for a month now. Sure I’ve been working in web design and development for years and I’ve blogged before occasionally keeping fifthandlast.com updated but this is my first time blogging about web related topics. So what have a learnt? A few things actually but here’s 5, mostly learnt from buggering something up. Continue reading

Who are you designing for?

browser iconsWhen I started writing on this blog I thought to myself “don’t churn out loads of IE6 posts”, well, I let myself get a little indulgent and wrote one and since then one thought has occurred to me reading people’s anti IE6 comments and all the bring down IE6 websites. A lot of them have quite simply missed the point of the whole thing.

I’m sure we can all agree that IE6 is not a good browser, that it should be gotten rid of and that until Microsoft unplug support it will still be around, but you shouldn’t stop supporting it because YOU don’t like it. According to browser statistics from October Firefox has surpassed IE6 in terms of users but a quick scroll down shows a whopping 23.30% of the market share still sits with IE6! That’s nearly a quarter of internet users still using IE6, sad and annoying – yes, but can you really turn away that many users simply for using a rubbish browser?

So you should really be asking who are you designing for? Are you designing for you and all your colleagues using Safari on the Mac or are you designing for the rest of the world? To reach as many people as possible? Continue reading

Stop…… It’s not ready yet, but give me your feedback

stop it's not ready yet

So here’s the new site, look at it all kind of splendid. I’ve been playing around with it for ages, various designs and iterations and choices and to put it simply I just can’t seem to decide on anything anymore! Sometimes I open it up and think hey I like this, and others I think no it’s no good I should redo it all!

But I wanted to get a place up and running for me to get blogging and also get a few more portfolio items showing beyond the old holding page that has been around for a while and so here is.

My Great Design Experiment

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