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Design & Development

Introducing Righty CSS – a micro grid and toolbox

Does the world need another grid? Another framework? Probably not. There are so many to choose from, big and small. Yet, somehow they were all designed to solve a specific problem, or series of problems. And as they seem to continue to be complex and heavy, stripping it down seems to be refreshing. I’ve currently …continue reading

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An example of bringing some print text design to the web

Sometimes when I’m designing I’m pretty sure I’m subconsciously omitting design idea’s that might take too long to develop. I know, I shouldn’t and if I was able to do something more about my subconscious thoughts I would. So, when a recent site mockup came to me from one of our new designers, who has …continue reading

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Remove all characters from a string for a clean phone number link

If a user is entering a phone number via an admin section, and you want to be able to hit that with some regex in order to turn it into a valid link. This example is using the “get_field” from the ACF api, but you can reference your variable how ever you’d like. |*|-php-|*| <a …continue reading

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WP Plugin Business Address

A client asked me the other day if there was a way to write his address once in the backend, and display it in various places throughout the site. Quickly, my answer was “yes, of course”, after all we’re just creating some variables and echoing them. A few solutions came to mind, but I did …continue reading

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Bare-bones html navigation menu

More often than not I use some sort of horizontal navigation bar for my projects, at least for mid-size screens on up. This is a module I’m tweaking that would most likely be wrapped in a Media Query for around 40-50em min-width. Some frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation often include 2 duplicate html copies …continue reading

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Accessibility issues with Google’s feed

I’ve always been puzzled by Google’s color choices for their links. I mean, I love its minimal simplicity and similarity to an html page void of css, but the dark blue link colors and the purple visited colors have left me confused many times. Let me explain. Ever since I could articulate words and wield …continue reading

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Semantic HTML and page architecture

This article’s purpose is to serve as a reference guide for myself and developers/agencies I work with. Defining best practices and a consistent workflow/thought process is always worth its time creating. Typically speaking, here’s a few basic guidelines I follow: Use HTML5 element tags for semantically defining blocks of content Attach classes for layout and …continue reading

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The Fold is actually alive – it just moves around

Bringing up “The Fold” at a front end conference is a sure fired way to catch a beating, whether it be verbally or physically. Reading posts online will clue you in too, most authors will actually equate the fold with emotions like “anger” and “rage”, fists flailing in the air. Ok, take a deep breath, …continue reading

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