September 1, 2015No Comments

Early morning research links

Hyperlinks - love 'em or hate 'em - they are there. I wake up early trying to build something, and find even more awesome things to make even more awesome in my new product (whatever that will be).  Here are this morning's links. I might call these: Links with the Lark. Ahem.

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August 11, 2015No Comments

This Morning’s Open Data Review

I'm interested in intelligent design, smart cities and open data. Here are some of my open data findings for this morning ( you know how it is, you find one link and then the next ).

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July 9, 2015No Comments

Some Material Design Front-end Framework Options

I've been researching front-end frameworks based on Google's Material Design guidelines. I post here the most popular and developed I've found. At the moment they all seem to be in varying stages of advancement, with none a clear out-and-out leader (as Twitter's Bootstrap has become for example), and it is interesting to note how each framework owner interprets the defined guidelines that Material design recommends.  Here is a short summary.

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June 11, 2015No Comments

Ways, whys and hows of Start-upping

Today's surfing seems to have uncovered a trove of links and information about remote working and start-upping. If you're into that, take a look - there are some awesome links in here.

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June 2, 2015No Comments

What am I reading today?

Today's research and review session including some amazing finds - UsTwo, Google Cardboard (yes I know I'm late) and more.

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February 25, 2015No Comments

How awesome is Hemingway (app)

OMG! Hemingway is my new best friend. I love the idea of writing well and Hemingwayapp is kicking my ass: I just wrote a lengthy post - and then ran it through the app. I got grade 8, which I was pleased with - as I thought my writing structure to be terrible.

According to Hemingway, 4 of my 42 sentences were hard to read. And 4 were also very hard to read (I'm guessing the same four). What a result!

Then Hemingway proceeded to trim my adverbs: 9 or fewer, please. And also politely informed me that 2 words or phrases could be simpler. How nice!

I'm not sure if I would have been so happy with Hemingway had he scrawled red ink all over my words...


update: I just updated my "long post" according to Hemingway which is now grade 7. i.e. one better. I couldn't bring myself to cut a coupla adverbs which I'm sure must belong there... damn you Hemingway. Surely some adverbs are not too many...?

update two: I'm addicted. I just run this post through and got grade 5. Adverbs are my obvious weakness, too many again. "Actually" and "totally" being my main problem words. Yeah, I think I can cut them.

February 10, 2015No Comments

Live Design using Invision

I use Invision quite a lot. If you don't know about it, it's an online design collaboration tool for sharing and commenting on design layouts.

Live Sharing has recently been added, but it's crazy good. As I design a PSD (or Sketch), I save the file to the Invision Live Sync folder, which is like Dropbox. Invision automatically creates a jpg from that and uploads it for commenting and mods.

Invision is also pretty awesome in that it keeps also a history of design edits. So each save is then progressively added to the history, kinda like a design time-machine.

if you're a freelance designer, Invision is a key tool - along with Marvel and Slack.

Just a heads up.