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

Colourful building blocks

In the midst of hacking my first Joomla! web site, I’d like to share a handy tip:Use background colours on elements to understand the CSS layout.

April 19, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Skinning CSS Cats

I am building a very simple site for an artist friend in Joomla!, part of my learning new skills in the dash for the green hills.

April 17, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Remote working revisited

“Communication is what's heard, not what's said.”Dan Buzzo, April 2008With these words of wisdom ringing in my ears, I was speaking to a friend in Bristol who works remotely.

April 17, 2008 by Jake Rayson

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Learning curve ball

For the past few years I’ve been working as a specialised contract XHTML/CSS builder. As part of my planned move to remote working from the heart of Devon, I am starting to use the Joomla!

April 17, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Does remote working work?

I’m soon to engage in some dream fulfilment, moving out of London to live by the sea in the south west of England. I'm intrigued about the possibility of working remotely, and how effective that will be for paying the bills.

April 9, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Could SVG be the new PDF?

I am a recent convert to podcasts, having subscribed to a whole slew of them from Lullabot, as I am building a Drupal CMS site for a community radio station.iTunes does the podcasting thing very well, for MP3s and videos.

November 23, 2006 by Jake Rayson