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Using the new WordPress singular.php template with parent/child themes

If you weren’t aware, the latest version of WordPress (4.3) introduced a new template fallback, called singular.php. If you, like me, use WordPress as more of a CMS than as a blogging platform, this is a nice, albeit small, addition. It’s pretty straigtforward. From WordPress’ own documentation, the singular.php template is a fallback template used…

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Cascading Solar System

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Or maybe an astro-physicist. Or maybe a rocket scientist. Or an archaeologist. Safe to say that, between them, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg influenced my aspiring career decisions immeasurably. My parents recognised the facts behind the science fiction and encouraged me, bought me books…

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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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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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Refresh Dublin

For those of you unaware, Refresh is a (spreading) global initiative to bring design and developmentĀ individualsĀ 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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CSS3 with IE6 now

I began working on a project lately where I was given a design but the colour scheme had to be decided upon because it needed to go through a branding process. Part of this required me to use some “creative” methods of getting around a few problems. For instance, there will be gallery pages with…