Read52

The other week I posted about the design of this site and the grid I used. I am still pretty proud of that post but was slightly disappointed that I didn't receive any comments or feedback. Read more

Project52 Reboot

This may feel a little familiar. Project52 starts tomorrow. One blog post a week, for a year. It’s going to be tough. Read more

Revealing the Grid

The previous version was a grid driven design. I knew from the outset that Critical Zero would be no different.

I want to delve deeper into the overall design of this site at some point in the near future but first it makes sense to look at the backbone of the design, the grid. Read more

Colour Subtle

I've been a fan of COLOURlovers for a long time now. I'm pretty sure I was around when the idea was first floated on Kirupa, a flash web design forum that I used to frequent when I first started designing for the web.

Since then, I've developed my taste for web design and design in general. I know what I like and I'm pretty quick to make a judgement on whether a site has what it takes to impress me. Read more

Launched

Welcome to the spiritual successor of Critical Web Design. After a long period of silence, Project52 kicked me into gear, and I've been writing here since the start of the year. Read more

Rotation in Processing.js

Dipping into Processing.js to create the abstract background for this site was one of the most exciting parts of this design. Almost the perfect combination of art, programming and play. Processing allows you to get interesting results with a minimum amount of code. Read more

Something

This is the post I should have written last week. Instead I rambled on about what I blogged about five years ago. Read more

Second Post

Gruber linked to something fun; Dan Phiffer takes a look back at some of his favourite bloggers second posts, and then wraps them up as the focus of his second post. Meta. I figure it'll be a fun exercise to take a look at the second post of my existing site and see how things have changed. Read more

One Month

In Twenty Eight days I will be launching this website. I've been working on it locally now since the start of September. The design has gone through around ten iterations and I've only shown it to two other people. Read more

The WordPress (L)OOP

It's becoming clear that I have a strange relationship with WordPress. For years, it has been my blogging platform of choice and I recommend it to a lot of people. I bought it into the workplace and we used it on a number of projects, we even rebuilt the Binamic website using it. The admin interface is solid, the feature set broad and the community strong. I love WordPress. Read more

Help Your Team. Help Yourself

Like The Internets in general, multiplayer games are (largely) anonymous. Without your real name and sense of identity you can sound off at anyone you meet, safe in the knowledge that it has no real life repercussions.

When playing online games it his highly likely that you will see people shout, scream, swear and storm out at the slightest sign that things may not necessarily be going the way they would like. Actions that probably wouldn't occur in everyday life, or even if they were somewhat accountable for them. Read more

Writing Trinity

One benefit of using a Mac is the abundance of high quality software available. There is always new things to play with, and new applications to build into your workflow.

On the other hand this also means you can spend an awful lot of time trying new apps and not enough time actually using them. Read more

Being a Code Sponge

I had the pleasure of attending @media2006 and was lucky enough to meet the eloquent cheese lover and design extraordinaire Jon Hicks. He also presented "Being a Creative Sponge" a hands on look at collecting inspiration from places you may not necessarily look and using it to fuel your own creative process.

You can find a recently updated version of the presentation on Jon's journal, or if you are hoping to stage a factually accurate sitcom based around the popular 2006 conference grab the original one instead. Read more

Project52

Project52 starts tomorrow. One blog post a week, for a year. It's going to be tough. Read more

Blazing Backups

My back-up routine currently consists of a Time Machine volume and a weekly back-up of my project folder to Mobile Me. Clearly there is room for improvement so whilst I save up enough cash to drop on a Drobo (for local secure back-up) part of the gap can be filled with the cloud. Read more