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I am a web developer based in London. I used to be a UX designer, but those days are long behind me.


Sep
1
comment What is the best convention to add css class(es) to a HTML element?
@obelia - I totally agree that class names like 'display: inline' are pretty pointless, but I'm not sure I agree that the solution is totally 'non-concrete' classes. Classes need to be memorable if there are to be reused, and that means talking about specific, if repeated, visual abstractions ('brand-color' is a great example of this - it's specific, yet not reified).
Aug
31
comment What is the best convention to add css class(es) to a HTML element?
@obelia - surely, using descriptive, reusable, specific and memorable classes that encapsulate simple visual abstractions is much better for rapid development than the typical 'semantic' CSS that binds styles to specific components and requires bugs to be fixed across scattered, repeated implementations of the same visual effects? Maybe we should find an example of what we'd see as 'good' CSS so we can discuss something in more concrete terms.
Aug
31
comment What is the best convention to add css class(es) to a HTML element?
This is the right answer. Because CSS only provides a single layer of abstraction - the class - classes should manage low level visual abstractions (like '.brand-color' and 'size-large') whilst higher-level abstractions are managed by the templating engine (eg sidemenu.jsp, tabbed-content.php).
Aug
31
comment What is the best convention to add css class(es) to a HTML element?
The argument that 'presentational classes force you to hand-update your HTML when the design changes' faces two problems: 1, that you should be using a templating system rather than flat HTML, and 2, that major redesigns usually require markup changes anyway.
Aug
14
comment Able to go Full Time with Internship Experience?
I sincerely hope they're paying you. Otherwise, run. There are plenty of paying gigs for newbies.
Aug
8
comment Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?
@Fedy2 - I would try and show the name of the file itself (excluding the file path), running from the beginning of the file name.
Aug
4
answered Swipe gestures in mobile news site design
Aug
4
comment What is so special about “Twitter Bootstrap”?
@AnkitSharma - ish. It's more for designers and developers to quickly prototype with functionality that can't easily be mocked with Axure and the like.
Aug
3
answered What is so special about “Twitter Bootstrap”?
Jul
25
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
4
comment How to stop people becoming marooned on a causeway
Is the problem that people don't know the causeway will become unusable, or that they don't take heed to the times?
Jun
26
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
23
awarded  Yearling
May
28
comment Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?
@KoenLageveen - I couldn't find a natural split for the paragraphs, I don't add images unless they illustrate anything meaningful and I certainly don't like the habit of randomly formatting words as bold. This community already has serious problems with rewarding obvious answers to easy questions - actively rejecting more complete answers because their detail makes them (marginally) harder to read takes us from bad to worse.
May
25
comment Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?
I'm not complaining about this answer (it's correct), or JohnGB (who writes good answers), but I don't understand why this answer gets up votes, whereas mine (which says the same thing and more) doesn't receive any at all.
May
25
comment Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?
Really this is more an industrial design question than a UX one.
May
25
answered Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?
May
6
comment How to inform a designer to use a grid for responsive CSS?
This sounds like a query for graphic designers, not UX folk.
May
5
answered Card sort with 'Don't know' group
May
5
comment Card sort with 'Don't know' group
The OP said he's running an open sort, so the users will already be defining the category names.