Jake Rayson Rayson

<p>A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS. </p>

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CSS sprites for Responsive Web Design?

CSS sprites for Responsive Web Design?

Web designers use CSS sprites to reduce the number of requests made by a web page. Essentially a composite image, made up of many smaller images, is used as a common background for a slew of elements, and then the relevant image is ‘revealed’ using CSS.

published April 3, 2012 by

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Think before you do

Think before you do

Renowned web developer Rachel Andrew wrote an excellent and timely blog post entitled Stop solving problems you don’t yet have. It’s a call to use stuff that you need, to think before you do, to engage the grey matter with the task at hand.

published March 27, 2012 by

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No data limits? No data!

No data limits? No data!

@3uk Picture this: I’m sat on the train, with my Android mobile tethered to my laptop, eking out my paltry 500MB of data bandwidth from Vodafone by turning off all images in my browser.I spy a poster, a big poster, boldly proclaiming:Goodbye data limits.

published February 28, 2012 by

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I am a mighty advertiser!

I am a mighty advertiser!

I’ve noticed an interesting trend of late in the social networking world: micro-advertising. Google have embarked on yet another Google Adwords mailout campaign, with a £50 off deal.

published February 21, 2012 by

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Image optimizers. Free.

Image optimizers. Free.

Oh Free Software, how brilliant are you? I was looking for an online PNG (oronounced “ping” graphics format optimizer, to squash down my delightful but chunky graphics.

published February 17, 2012 by

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No Chrome Movement

No Chrome Movement

I have been thinking, dangerous but true. Much of what I like in the world of web design and computing is when the interface gets out of the way, allowing the user untrammelled access to the task at hand.

published February 16, 2012 by

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