October 2013

  • Nice web type in Internet Explorer 7 and 8

    Recently we revamped our myriad font stacks (pun intended) to a single one utilising a single web font. The font chosen (Raleway) was available in a number of different weights, affording us the flexibility of presentation that we had previously...

  • The User Experience of Social at WebDevConf 2013

    Last Friday I attended WebDevConf 2013 in Bristol where web developers, designers and even those just interested in making the web better got together to meet up and listen to some really interesting and inspiring talks. One talk that I...

  • The new typography

    Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near it in obstinacy. — Jan Tschichold (Author of Die neue Typographie, 1928) Alexandria, Arial, Cambria, Droid Sans, Lucida, Myriad, Raleway, Tahoma, Times New Roman,...

  • Using Sass without Ruby

    As Liam recently pointed out, we have started using Sass to manage our stylesheets.  This is great, and I've become a big fan of Sass with its variables, nested rules, mixins, etc. However, we had an issue with using Sass because...

  • My first Agile sprint - getting stuck into Scrum

      This week I took part in my first Agile sprint. This was an entirely new experience for me as a) it is the first time my team has worked this way since I joined in January and b) I...

  • Moving stylesheets forward dynamically

    When I started 5 years ago, the university had a myriad of small stylesheets governing how each section - sometimes down to a single page - looked, on average these were small files and shared a lot of rules, generally...