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

Dirty font tag secrets

I nearly used the font tag. There, I said it.Being freelance, I get used to the gritty reality of web development.

April 10, 2012 by Jake Rayson


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.

April 3, 2012 by Jake Rayson


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.

March 27, 2012 by Jake Rayson

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How do you look naked?

If the public at large wore X-Ray Specs, do you think you’d take a bit more care in the way you looked beneath the artifice of clothing? Exactly.

March 23, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Warm fuzzy glow

Sometimes when I use the web, I am infused with a fuzzy warm glow of humanity. Some call it serotonin.

March 22, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Don't let grids rule your life

As a Front End Web Developer, I intersect that shady space betwixt the worlds of designer and developer. I build websites; I am an engineeer with visual proclivities.

March 21, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Raspberry Pi is the Linux punk ethic

Who could have imagined that the Great Linux Breakthrough would not come via the Historical Inevitability of the Desktop Revolution, nor the Ubuntu On An Android but from a Humble Raspberry Pi.

March 12, 2012 by Jake Rayson


What you know, not what you own

In the words of BB King “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”, and the counterpoint from post-hardcore band Fugazi, “You are not what you own”.

March 5, 2012 by Jake Rayson