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  1. Operator Mono and why I want italics in my code editor

    Article posted 17th November 2019 in Design and Development

    I’m ready to start recording for my YouTube channel and I’ve been thinking about what my coding environment looks like.

  2. Ligatures in coding fonts

    Article posted 7th November 2019 in Development

    I enjoy freshening my coding environment up a wee bit every now and then, but typefaces with ligatures are a step too far.

  3. If it’s not progressively enhanced, it’s not accessible

    Article posted 6th November 2019 in Accessibility

    In his latest article, Adam Silver summarises the many ways JavaScript can fail, which, to me, is an accessibilty issue.

  4. Which way is that arrow pointing!?

    Article posted 2nd November 2019 in Design

    To show/hide content you’ll probably use an arrow on the toggle to indicate that content will be revealed. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

  5. If only Apple’s Voice Memos did transcription

    Article posted 30th October 2019 in Apple

    Imagine dictating a memo and coming back to it later as text for editing into a blog post. You can do that with the new Google Pixel…

  6. Stop search indexing for Netlify Deploy Previews and Branch Deploys

    Article posted 26th October 2019 in Development and Serverless

    Netlify Deploy Previews and Branch Deploys are great, but what if search engines start indexing them?

  7. Setting up a staging site with Netlify

    Article posted 25th October 2019 in Development and Serverless

    Netlify Deploy Previews are great, but sometimes it’s good to have a staging site for stuff that isn’t ready to put into the live website yet.

  8. Netlify Deploy Previews

    Article posted 24th October 2019 in Development and Serverless

    I’ve become a bit of an unashamed fan of Netlify recently, and Deploy Previews are something I’ve been making a quite a bit of use of.

  9. Colour contrast on tempertemper.net

    Article posted 14th October 2019 in Accessibility

    Colour contrast on my site now meets WCAG AAA, in light or dark mode. There have been compromises but, if it’s more useable, I’m happy to make them.

  10. List-style articles

    Article posted 10th October 2019

    I’ve noticed a lot of draft articles building up that don’t get very much further than that initial outline. I wonder whether

  11. Some brief thoughts on watchOS 6

    Article posted 9th October 2019 in Apple

    After using it for a couple of weeks, here’s a quick summary of my thoughts on the newest operating system for Apple Watch.

  12. Routine and flexibility

    Article posted 7th October 2019

    I broke my golden rule this morning. I woke up early, made myself a tea and sat down with my laptop. But instead of writing, I did some freelance work.

  13. Ditching Google Analytics in favour of Netlify Analytics

    Article posted 4th October 2019 in Development and Serverless

    Having moved my website to Netlify, I’ve been pretty excited about some of the features they offer, one in particular has been Netlify Analytics.

  14. Moving to Netlify

    Article posted 3rd October 2019 in Development and Serverless

    I’ve really never enjoyed servers, and Netlify looks like an easy to use, powerful alternative for any static sites I build.

  15. Adding files for a commit with asterisks

    Article posted 1st October 2019 in Development and Git

    It can be fiddly to stage files for a commit using Git on the command line. Or so I thought! I found a shortcut, so thought I’d write about it.

  16. Using nvm

    Article posted 23rd September 2019 in Development

    I upgraded node on my laptop and things broke… But I found a way to change the node version, to keep projects alive until there’s time to upgrade all those packages and config.

  17. SwiftUI is more than just a developer convenience

    Article posted 19th September 2019 in Apple

    Apple announced SwiftUI at this year’s WWDC; I reckon it’s more than just a developer convenience – it’s a tactical move on Apple’s part.

  18. iPhone event 2019

    Article posted 18th September 2019 in Apple

    Apple’s iPhone event has just passed and it was interesting, but didn’t get me too excited. Here’s a brief list of my take-aways.

  19. Why I’m not using Git aliases

    Article posted 11th September 2019 in Development and Git

    Git aliases are incredibly useful, but there are five good reasons I’ve decided not to make use of them.

  20. Version control for articles and blog posts

    Article posted 6th September 2019 in Development and Git

    Git workflows like GitFlow are great, but how does publishing articles fit in when using a static site generator? Here’s how I’m doing it.

  21. Years in, the accessibility learning curve continues

    Article posted 5th September 2019 in Accessibility and Development

    I’ve cared about accessibility for as long as I’ve been working in the web and, even after all these years, I still enjoy learning new things.

  22. Practice makes perfect

    Article posted 30th August 2019

    I do a lot of reading on the Metro, on the way to work. A while back, I read an article that quoted something that really stuck in my head.

  23. How to avoid disabled buttons

    Article posted 23rd August 2019 in Design

    Disabling a submit button can indicate that a form isn’t ready to be sent; there are various ways to design this, but should we be doing it at all?

  24. Changing editor for Git on the command line

    Article posted 21st August 2019 in Development and Git

    Something that has been bugging me since moving from a GUI to command line git has been the default editor for writing commit messages.

  25. Fixing your last Git commit

    Article posted 21st August 2019 in Development and Git

    Since I’ve started using Git on the command line, there’s one ‘new’ thing that I’ve used more than any other: amending my most recent commit.

  26. Website version 5

    Article posted 4th August 2019 in Design and Development

    I’m already more than a dozen releases into version 5 of my website, but I’m finally ready to ‘officially’ announce it!

  27. Changing your Git history

    Article posted 26th July 2019 in Development and Git

    This week I removed some files and data from my Git history. It was a bit of a learning curve, but here’s how I did it, step by step.

  28. Right here, right now

    Article posted 18th July 2019

    I was reminded of a neat idea the other day: the Now page. I’d seen the idea a while ago but hadn’t had time to do anything about it.

  29. Stop the ride, I want to get off

    Article posted 17th July 2019 in Design and Tools

    I never thought I’d see the day, but I’ve fallen out of love with Dropbox. Dropbox’s genius was its simplicity, which is getting buried by questionable new features and messy branding.

  30. Minimalism and progressive enhancement

    Article posted 16th July 2019 in Design and Development

    I’ve been enjoying reading though Adam Silver’s articles around accessibility and inclusive design, and his take on progressive enhancement really struck a chord.

  31. Refining my writing process

    Article posted 14th July 2019 in Workflows

    I’ve rebuilt this site with a static site generator and it has been great so many reasons, but there’s one I want to share ahead of the ‘official’ announcement: my writing workflow.

  32. Folder sharing and the new Apple OSs

    Article posted 13th July 2019 in Apple and Workflows

    The up-coming Apple operating systems will allow folder sharing in both Files/Finder and the Notes app. This is a big step forward!

  33. Design and dev should be more joined up

    Article posted 2nd July 2019 in Design and Development

    I’ve been catching up on some reading and came across this nugget in ‘The “D” in the DOM’…

  34. Getting to grips with Git

    Article posted 26th June 2019 in Development and Git

    I’ve been using Git for years and it’s finally time to make a concerted effort to move away from my GUI to the command line.

  35. What’s emphasis and what’s not

    Article posted 24th June 2019 in Accessibility and Development

    Semantic HTML is hard. We stopped using <i> and <b> elements in favour of <em> and <strong>, but are <i> and <b> still useful?

  36. Implicit ARIA landmark roles

    Article posted 14th June 2019 in Accessibility and Development

    ARIA landmarks give a screen reader user an easy way to orient themselves on a web page. Implicit roles are also great. Except when they’re not.

  37. Looks like 3D Touch is going away

    Article posted 8th June 2019 in Apple

    In spite of my recent enthusiasm for 3D Touch, there have been murmurs that it is on its way out. I think they might be right.

  38. WWDC 2019 roundup

    Article posted 6th June 2019 in Apple

    I love watching the opening Keynote for WWDC. Here’s a brief overview of the things they announced this year that I’m excited about or interested in.

  39. Reducing motion

    Article posted 30th May 2019 in Accessibility, Design and Development

    Accessibility is important, so I’ve taken steps to minimise animation on my site, and even removed it completely for those who ‘prefer reduce motion’.

  40. Let’s make webmasters a thing again

    Article posted 21st May 2019

    We used to be webmasters. CMSs then gave our clients control of their websites, but I can’t help wondering if we had it right in the first place.

  41. Face ID and sunglasses

    Article posted 21st May 2019 in Apple and Design

    Face ID worked perfectly every time until the sun started coming out. Seems its achilles heel is sunglasses, but I think I might be ok with that.

  42. Settling for less

    Article posted 18th May 2019

    I take a lot of care over my articles, but that means they take a long time before I hit ‘publish’. Maybe I need to put less pressure on my writing…

  43. Thoughts on 3D Touch

    Article posted 8th May 2019 in Apple and Design

    Moving from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone XS has been great, and I know it has been around for a while but one of my favourite things is 3D Touch.

  44. Still a sucker for Sublime

    Article posted 1st May 2019 in Development and Tools

    Over the years I jumped from one code editor to another before settling on Sublime Text. I’ve since tried others but keep ending up back with Sublime.

  45. I can’t wait for Dark Mode on iOS

    Article posted 24th April 2019 in Apple and Design

    Dark Mode on iOS looks to be right around the corner. I’m already all-in on Dark Mode on my Mac but it’s even more compelling on the iPhone.

  46. Choosing Dark Mode on macOS

    Article posted 17th April 2019 in Apple and Design

    It’s nice to dust the cobwebs off with a UI overhaul every so often, so when macOS Mojave was released last year I couldn’t wait to try Dark Mode.

  47. Keep on learning

    Article posted 10th April 2019

    I’ve found myself with extra time on my hands for the first time in years and I can’t wait to pick up some projects I’ve been eyeing been for a while.

  48. Reading at night with a neat iPhone hack

    Article posted 20th March 2019 in Apple

    I love reading in bed each night but even my iPhone’s lowest brightness is too fierce in the dark, so here’s a neat trick to make it even dim further.

  49. They’re my rules to break

    Article posted 28th January 2019

    While I’m not one to say something publicly, only to go back on it, I learned through bitter experience last year that over-committing isn’t healthy.

  50. My favourite RSS app

    Article posted 25th January 2019 in Design and Tools

    I love RSS. Having used the same RSS app for years, I decided to have a look what else was out there one stood out above the rest.

  51. The new MacBook keyboard

    Article posted 9th January 2019 in Apple and Design

    The new MacBook keyboard has certainly been a talking point. From the new layout to the Touch Bar and keys sticking; I both love and loathe it.

  52. A New Year’s resolution for 2019

    Article posted 2nd January 2019

    2018 was a funny one. Not at all how I planned it. This year, I’m making one commitment – to write and publish a blog article each and every week.

  53. Leaving the Frontend NE meet-up

    Article posted 13th December 2018

    In early 2015 Colin Oakley, Sam Beckham and I started Frontend NE. Fast-forward 4 years and it’s time for me to bow out of the meet-up.

  54. Dark mode websites on macOS Mojave

    Article posted 28th November 2018 in Design and Development

    macOS Mojave comes with a Dark Mode feature, but how do we get our websites to do the same? Turns out there’s a handy CSS media query that does the job!

  55. In search of the best writing app

    Article posted 16th October 2018 in Tools

    A good writing app is an invaluable tool. I’ve found one I’m very comfortable with, and there are a few good reasons for that.

  56. Safari tab icons

    Article posted 20th September 2018 in Design and Tools

    I’m a fan of small and seemingly trivial changes that make a big difference, so Safari tabs getting icons in macOS Mojave was cause for celebration.

  57. Dashes, asterisks and plus signs

    Article posted 22nd August 2018 in Tools

    As a designer, I enjoy details. Markdown has lots of ways of doing the same thing and this is kind of nice, but also makes me sweat!

  58. A shift in focus

    Article posted 11th November 2017

    “Change is the only constant”, said a Greek fella a few thousand years ago. Turns out this is very true. And it happens when you least need/expect it!

  59. Changing the way I start a project

    Article posted 20th June 2016

    Over the years I have refined the way I plan the websites I build. I’ve moved to a more consultative approach and it has been great for my clients.

  60. tempertemper’s Typefaces

    Article posted 19th June 2015 in Design

    I rebranded tempertemper last summer. Text is so important on the web that it made perfect sense to make typography one of the first things to tackle.

  61. The benefits of co-working

    Article posted 4th May 2015 in Business

    I was recently part of a panel on co-working at the ITI Conference 2015, so now feels like a good time to revisit co-working and what it does for my business.

  62. Controlling email

    Article posted 8th February 2015 in Business and Tools

    Constant interruptions and notifications can take over your working day. For me, the biggest culprit is email. Here’s how I keep my head above water.

  63. Why I still use RSS

    Article posted 27th January 2015 in Tools

    Anyone who knows me will know I like to keep things tidy. Whether it’s my desk, the contents of my work bag or the files on my computer, everything has its place. This helps me keep in control and is why I still believe RSS has its place.

  64. Switching to Gmail

    Article posted 28th January 2014 in Tools

    Having never been comfortable with Google’s business model I’ve always chosen to avoid their services where possible. However, I’ve finally made the switch to Gmail and here’s why…

  65. Blue Beanie Day

    Article posted 30th November 2012 in Development

    The web is very young and is still developing—as well as growing—at a rapid pace. For a long time it was pretty fragmented; a mismatch of all sorts of different technologies being used to display a website and provide functionality.

  66. My introduction to co-working

    Article posted 21st November 2012 in Business

    Co-working is a great way to escape the isolation of home-working, make business contacts and boost your creativity with a change of scenery– read on to find out more…

  67. FreeAgent

    Article posted 30th May 2012 in Business and Tools

    As a small business I have to do everything. From marketing my services to working on the projects themselves. One thing I have a kind of love-hate relationship with is invoicing, bookkeeping and accounts. Read on to find out how I’ve cured that particular headache…

  68. Evernote

    Article posted 28th April 2012 in Business and Tools

    Evernote is how I stay organised and a great way to reduce clutter and save time. This article will tell you how it works and hopefully inspire you to see how it will work best for you! tempertemper Web Design wouldn’t be the same without it!

  69. Dropbox – my most useful app

    Article posted 27th April 2012 in Tools

    Dropbox is by far and away the most useful application/program I use. It’s totally streamlined the way I run tempertemper, freeing me from the shackles of my desktop computer and allowing me to take my work on the road at a moment’s notice!

  70. Free security updates

    Article posted 25th March 2012

    For all those with a Content Management System (CMS) installed on their website who have a contact form of some description: it’s my pleasure to have upgraded your CMS framework to bring your site’s security up to date.

  71. What’s RSS all about?

    Article posted 15th July 2011 in Tools

    So what’s all this talk about RSS, feeds, subscribing, etc.?