Jake Rayson

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. 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). For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. 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.

Latest Posts

xTreme Triple Booting: Linux, Mac & Windows

In my quest for Ultimate Freelancer Flexibility, I have purchased a MacBook, so that I can run Linux, Windows and Mac and be able to walk in to any development environment and start work instantly. No more installing software or waiting for passwords!

May 23, 2012 by Jake Rayson


3 reasons why Mac is best

You thought you’d seen the end of the Flame Wars) between Mac and PC, redolent of the late ’90s, lumber-jack-shirted hipster vs. besuited-beige-square dullard.

May 22, 2012 by Jake Rayson


The Idle Self-employed

What this country needs is a new scapegoat for ordinary, hard-working, honest families to blame for our economic woes.Bankers no longer cut it, they’re yesterday’s news.

May 14, 2012 by Jake Rayson


My next project will be in HTML

Nathan Ford, Welsh-living and “Texas-born designer/developer/capitalist”, writes wise words about typography, and has created a couple of dev tools to strip out decoration from a site and tell you which web fonts you are actually seeing.He tweets well too, useful stuff, not gibberish:“With internal projects, including @gridsetapp, I’ve built the thing first, then styled.

May 8, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Another day, another...

The Amazing Marvin Suggs And His Muppaphone coined the phrase “Another day, another headache”.For me, it’s “Another Day, Another Front End Dev Contract, Another Set of Cool Tools”.

April 23, 2012 by Jake Rayson


CAPTCHA? Gotcha!

CAPTCHAs are designed to stop spam. This is good.I am finding it increasingly difficult to ‘solve’ CAPTCHAs.

April 13, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Can you be agile with a waterfall client?

An exasperated front end developer was telling me his project woes the other day. The project had started out using the Agile development methodology, using an iterative and evolutionary approach based on close collaboration.

April 12, 2012 by Jake Rayson