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September 1, 2015 - No 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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July 9, 2015 - No 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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February 25, 2015 - No 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, 2015 - No 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.