Can We Stop Using Input Placeholders in Place of Labels?

Bad field Placeholder Labels

When the placeholder attribute made its way into HTML5 and usage of it became commonplace and fully supported by web browsers, a bad trend started—using them in place of labels in web forms. The temptation for designers to do this is understandable. In the process of laying out a design, keeping a UI as simple […]

Have Your Website Reviewed: Site Feedback Service

Better Website Report | Site Feedback, Issues, Reviewed, Consulting

I've recently launched a new service called Better Website Report. The purpose is to provide honest no-nonsense feedback on all aspects of a website. The recommendations and issues discovered are written up in an actionable report. This idea was born out of being tasked with both quality control reviews, and reviewing the websites of new clients looking for a redesign.

Adventure Time’s BMO, Made in 3D Entirely with CSS

BMO made with CSS in 3D

Oh my Glob! BMO in the Web Thingey. All the visuals are done entirely with CSS. The buttons also do some mysterious things when you press them. The making of 3D BMO grew out of following a tutorial creating an old Macintosh Plus in 3D with CSS. I wanted to better understand the CSS properties that were being used for 3D, and create something myself. In doing so, I ended up figuring out some math to create some beveled/rounded edges.

Adding a “Rate” Button to your Cordova-based Mobile App (Android, iOS, etc)

Stars Rating, App

High ratings in the Google Play Store or iOS App Store are critical to an app’s success. And they’re beneficial to find out what the problems are when an app needs improvement. So, it’s very common to have a simple link/button that allows the end user to submit their review from inside the app. The less hoops to […]

Using Sublime Text as Your Primary Web Coding Tool: Workflow Tips

Sublime Text - Best code editor for web developers

Sublime Text has become my primary web coding tool. It’s built with efficiency in mind, giving you keyboard shortcuts to avoid slowdowns with the mouse, and the ability to have multiple cursors. There are many extensions available that can be instantly found and installed via the Package Manager. Plus, it’s visually pleasing. And fast. The overall […]

Facebook’s Sharer is no Longer Being “deprecated” (2014)

Facebook Sharer, Share

Facebook’s sharer.php is officially back. Not that most people had stopped using it anyway! Along with the new Share button, you can safely use the sharer.php syntax to create a link that shares a URL on one’s Facebook timeline. As there are still many articles/answers out there that have outdated answers to questions about this, […]

Becoming a Full-time Freelance Web Developer: Preparation & Decisions

freelancer leap - sledding down hill

For those of us working in fields that reside within the digital realm, becoming a freelancer is very enticing. Especially for web developers and designers. The start-up expenses are negligible, and the path to transitioning away from a full-time job looks fairly natural. Making the switch is the hardest part. People call it, “The Plunge“, […]