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Where to stick one’s nose

Last night I took part in a discussion on Twitter (I called it a lynch mob this morning, but my friend Cory-Ann pointed out to me that this is not the correct term) regarding Giant Conference and a number of (specifically female) speakers who had pulled out due to inequality of speakers fees. At the…

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The re-making of a website

I set out to redevelop my website about two years ago, with certain objectives in mind. The first thought was that it had to be much cleaner and simpler than it was. I long ago settled on the core three categories (web, photography and blog), but there needed to be very little else. I wanted…

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What’s in a name?

It’s funny, I was discussing how people had issues with my name with my Dad over Christmas. This week, posts by both Tasbeeh Herwees and Cennydd Bowles were published, articulating far better than I ever could how people have felt when their name is butchered, and what it means to them when it’s gotten right. Being the…

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On Build

I had long wanted to attend a conference. I follow a lot of people on Twitter who would regail us with their hash tags and @ replies while on their various stints in various parts of the world. I had my envies and so, when Build Conference was announced, I decided I would go. I…

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Quick CSS spacing tip

I was working on a site there the other night. I had a bunch of text being added to a sidebar, which was cramming in on top of itself. So I added the following line to my CSS (the bulk of the id’s and classes are left out for clarity): section p {margin-bottom: 1.5em} Lovely,…

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Seeing the woods for the trees

As web developers and designers, most of us work within the strict confines of a process. Whether this process involves user testing or not (and if it doesn’t… why!?!?!), our usual parameters of work revolve around the client and their expectations of us. While this is all very well and good and delivers a product…

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The Big Move

I would consider myself notable in my absence, given I haven’t written a blog post of any description in quite a period of time. I’ll explain here why. About a year ago, my wife and I made the decision to leave Ireland permanently. Our decision was based primarily on being closer to her family (that is…

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Refresh Dublin

For those of you unaware, Refresh is a (spreading) global initiative to bring design and development individuals of like minds together to speak and share their collective knowledge. Dublin is no exception with Refreshing Cities Dublin taking place in the Science Gallery once a month. As part of this initiative I have been invited to speak on…

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Toying with CSS3 text-shadow

So I bought Andy Clarke’s “Hardboiled Web Design” lately and have been devouring and savouring it over the past week or so. I’ve only a chapter or two left, so once I’m done I’ll write a full review. So far, it is without doubt THE (pronounced ‘thee’) web design book du jour and a must…

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This year, I shall be mostly voting for…

So it’s general election time again. It’s been quite wearisome to see the country go through the ringer that it has had to over the past few years. I’ll admit, I bought into the whole Teflon Taoiseach era and was quite supportive of the regime when everything was on the up. But I couldn’t afford…