Coming home from Smashing Conference 2015

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Unfortunately I only managed to attend 1 of the 2 days at Smashing Conference because I fell ill. Yes, I was that awakward and annoying person in the middle of a crowded room sniffing and spluttering everywhere, so much so that I had to excuse myself mid way through a talk and say at the back like a social reject. I thought the least I could do would not pass it on any further so I took the 5 hour trip home myself. That being said, all was not wasted. The first day was very good. I took away a […]

What to expect from Smashing conference 2015

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I’m on my way to the smashing conference, ready to meet with 3 other colleagues (2 dev and 1 UX dev) and find my self contemplating about what to expect from this conference. I think it’s important for me to be forthright about something. I dislike the term UX. It’s fluffy. Misinterpreted. A buzz word used by everyone which means the term, specialisation and professionalism that usually comes with some roles has been tainted by mediocre professionals and misinformed managers/directors who write the job descriptions. Changing my opinion is going to be next to impossible however I hope to get some […]

To underline or not to underline: that is the question

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UX is the latest buzz word in the world of tech. For those who haven’t heard, it stands for User Experience and companies are employing specialised UX designers/developers to assess their web presence, mobile apps and internal software to ensure that the user experience is high. The benefits of this are of course significant, so much so that the University of Kent have employed their own UX specialist to assist in the development of future websites and services to ensure that prospective students and their family can find the information that they need, as easily as possible. A very clear example […]

iOS 7 beta 4 hopes and dreams

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iOS 7 Beta 4 is due (more like rumoured) to hit today and I do have a wish list. Don’t get me wrong. I am actually really getting use to the new OS and I actually really like it. So much so that I will be going for a new iPhone when it gets released but there are one or two things that I would love to have “tweaked” so that it’s on track. Functionality/design tweaks PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change the “new” to a “+” on the notes app! You are so close! (see image) Reminders app is not as […]

iOS 7 Beta 3: awesome bug when moving apps

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Found a really cool bug in iOS 7 beta 3 where SOMETIMES when you move apps around on the screen it becomes stuck, reverts to being non editable and then the app that you were moving that caused it to becomes stuck can move anywhere on the screen! It was quite cool. I moved it over the title bar, on top of another app. Really fluid in motion and everything. All the other apps worked perfectly too. The only thing I couldn’t do was open the actual camera app!

iOS 7 beta 1 to beta 2: inconsistencies update

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In my previous post I noted some of the minor but in my opinion significant inconsistency issues that seem to be plaguing the new OS. Beta 2 was released just a few days ago and thought it would be wise to update on the issues that they have actually rectified. Among the usual bug fixes, speed improvements etc they have actually, to a certain extent, fixed some of the issues with the OS. If you remember my 2 main concerns was the +/add issue and the tabs. Unfortunately the tabs have not been addressed although the +/add location has begun to improve […]

Has flat design made our sites too simple?

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Has flat design made our sites too simple? A very interesting article at an interesting time given that Faye and I were talking about it just earlier. The University website is clearly moving in this direction. Twitter bootstrap etc. We just have to make sure we reign it in and that it doesn’t take over else we’re gonna look like everyone else.