My Front End Resources 2019

I thought it may be nice to list out some of the people, blogs, resources and tools I find myself referring to a fair amount these days while doing the front-end design and developer thing. I'm indebted to many of the people here and am grateful that they've given so generously of their skills, experience and time.…


Static site generator quandary

I'm in the middle of trying to figure out which static site generator (SSG) to use. It feels like a real minefield as there are currently over 400 of them! Yowza!…


Blood, skin and tech wizardry

I was recently sitting with a friend and we were discussing technology and its impact on people. I think we agreed that technology can often (unhelpfully) get a bad rap for causing untold woes in our modern world.…


Jim Carrey - I needed colour

Jim Carrey on some of his journey as an artist. Beautiful and profound. I think he's more 'awake' than most.…





Reset

It feels like a reset. A reboot on every level. Things I thought I knew for certain, I now question. The things I measured myself against have either been removed or are slowly but surely being dismantled. The performance charters that still often rule my thinking aren't giving up the fight easily that's for sure and I frequently feel disoriented and displaced.…


Creating a responsive grid

I thought I'd have a go at creating a simple responsive grid. You're welcome to have a look at it on CodePen.…


The Voices

So familiar
So divergent
So unwelcome
Voices
A melange
Spewing their righteous counsel
Their wisdom knows no bounds
Mordacious
Pointed
Bony.…


Assumptions, assumptions…

So building a website is a breeze, right? Erm… probably worth thinking that through again. Certainly if you what to take seriously the challenge of building for the plethora of devices users may access it on.…


“Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God”

Frank Schaeffer's talk about his book, "Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God", is disarmingly honest and articulate. Rather than getting fixated on the wonderfully provocative title – I think the byline "How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace" more aptly describes what Frank is trying to communicate.…


Hope

It's often hard to find the balance between healthy contemplation and soul-destroying introspection. Of over-thinking stuff. Where we feel like we're being sucked into a hole. Life seems to be a crazy mix of special moments, regrets, what-ifs, confusion, clarity, doubt, stiff-upper-lip resolve, tenderness, empathy, anger, generosity, scorekeeping, genuine love, introspection, kindness, bitterness, questions, fear, trust, abuse, hope.…


Hamburger & fries please

Rather than it being confused with the synthetic pixel-based rendition of a hamburger, why don't we leave the humble hamburger alone to be the yummy-scrummy-juicy-running-down-the-side-of-your-mouth-and-hands experience it is.…


Pursuer or pursued?

A friend told me he’s reading a book on heaven. Covering things like, what do we really know about heaven? What does scripture say about it? Surely, if we are to be going somewhere, we want to know what it is like. Where is it? What is our new home going to be like? Is there just one or multiple heavens?

It got me thinking.…



The Real Gospel please oh please

Religious moralistic behaviour modification stinks. It keeps us from encountering the True Gospel. I for one am questioning whether I ever really encountered this True Gospel or was I just caught up in a feel-good club (which I liked very much by the way) but had no real effect in exposing my very real need for a saviour.…


Suffering from screen-addiction-stupor?

How often have you just sat in front of your computer screen and merrily clicked and scrolled away – but if you were really honest you have no idea why? How many times couldn't you resist the urge to reach out and pick up that shiny 'smart' device and start tapping and sliding away?…


Grunt-tastic

I guess I'm like many front-end designer and developery types. I have an almost love/hate relationship with new webby tools. Intrigued, yet often feel intimidated by them – in this case Grunt. So I put it off until I thought I was ready to take a deep breath and give it a go.…


So, what's your opinion?

“My concern (is) to avoid selling out our evangelical birthright to every wind of cultural criticism or trendy new idea that comes our way–I am convinced that Christianity, as an historical religion, needs to listen very carefully to its history in order to build on past strengths and avoid repetition of past mistakes–or by my desire always to provoke readers not only into thinking for themselves but, above all, into having an opinion about things that matter…”.


Device-agnostic

Trent Walton published an article in March this year (2014) entitled "Device-Agnostic", that is definitely worth reading again – (if not for the first time). I think it deals with a much needed mental adjustment we could seriously consider and work through when designing and developing websites.…


Escaping the pickling jar

Pickled beyond recognition
Partly because of my own carnal ambition
A dear price to pay for self-preservation
It seems I have been serving a god of my own religion.…


You better watch out, You better not cry…

“My observation of Christendom is that most of us tend to base our relationship with God on our performance instead of on His grace. If we’ve performed well—whatever “well” is in our opinion—then we expect God to bless us. If we haven’t done so well, our expectations are reduced accordingly.…”


How can I be happy?

Profound answer from Richard Rohr on the question; “How can I be happy?”.…


Where is the love?

How did we get it so wrong to applaud ‘meetings’ and mans endeavours and then declare it to be a community that genuinely loves and lays down its life for its ‘members’ and the world? Apart from this turning out to be a failed experiment (in my opinion) – even within our middle class bubble – this has certainly left us numb, impotent and irrelevant to the vast majority of this planet. Surely this is a sign that we have therefore lost touch with Love itself.…


Small Screen Navigation & Hamburgers

A good discussion about small screen navigation and the challenges it poses. Ben Callahan chats about our current approach and offers some good perspective.…


It's OK not to use tools

Basecamp designer Jonas Downey wrote an article in May called It's OK not to use tools. I found it a wonderful sanity check in a Web Dev world that has an increasingly insane fixation with what the very best tools are. I too have been a casualty of this.…


HTML Wireframes

There's a superb article by Brad Frost on HTML wireframes. As he rightly states, "designing for a multitude of screen sizes, environments, and variables is hard work, so getting into the browser as quickly as possible gives us an opportunity to design and develop more realistic solutions".…


A little perspective at just the right time

I was beginning to think my days in the web designery & developery industry were numbered. I was feeling completely overwhelmed. You see, I'm one of those that has the propensity to lose perspective if I don't regularly take a step back and look at the bigger picture.…


Responsive Web Design Ain’t Child’s Play

Sometimes I think I should have had my head read

…before I decided to embark on this responsive web design (RWD) journey. It has been and remains a roller-coaster ride – with no end in sight.…