My Experience With The Wireframe Tool MockingBird

Recently I have been put in charge of a company's design of new mobile site. I have been doing web design for quite a few years now and have been doing some mobile dev a fair bit recently as well. As part of this new project I wanted to get down some quick website wireframes that I could present to the senior staff, so they could make the crucial decisions. ...

Bitmaker Labs Programming College Shut Down After Globe and Mail Article

A week or two ago I caught an article in the Globe and Mail, a national newspaper here in Canada, that covered a small programming college that was claiming to be cranking out their first intake of students in the near future. The goal of Bitmaker Labs was to take ordinary people, with no programming background, and training them to the level of industry ready junior web developers in 9 ...

The Anatomy of Sliders and Scrollers

Everywhere you go on the web you see some sort of slider or scrolling widget on the page. You see a lot of them on blogs advertising the latest posts, you see them on event pages showing shots of the audience and speakers and you even see them on software company homepages showing screenshots of the their latest software release. Sure you can get a ton of different ones from ...

Should Some Crowdsourced Apps Be Considered a Public Utility?

In the wake of the recent news of Google buying another app company (Waze), for a ridiculous amount of money I got to thinking about all those people who contribute their time and efforts in such crowdsourcing apps. In such a buy out situation the crowd doesn't usually get much but perhaps new ads and degraded support in an app / service that was working perfectly fine before the buy ...

Tips for Building HTML Emails

If you have ever tried your hand at building an HTML email you may have quickly discovered that a lot of the techniques you use for the desktop/mobile web simply don't work. Designing HTML formatted emails these days, and have them work on the plethora of email clients out there flawlessly, is quite a chore. It makes you feel like you are designing with one arm tied behind your back ...

The Tides of the Programming Industry

It is hard to believe that in a few more short years I will be approaching my 20th anniversary as a programmer. During my career I have tried the best I can to stay on top of the trends, see what others are doing, work for companies who are perhaps a bit lost in the legacy realm and push those companies into the current waves of innovation. One thing I ...