I’m a Lunatech

I’ve switched employers and as of January 1st I’ll be based in Rotterdam. Now I can walk to work.

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Design & Front-end

Some think they’re them same thing, some think that Front-end doesn’t really exist. They often think that Front-end development is the new Web Design. Clients often have no clue. Happily, it’s becoming more clear to those in the field what you would call Web Design and what you would call Front-end development.

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Cross browser is so noughties

Hello, have you met HTML5 yet? You haven’t? How’s that possible? HTML5 has already been strutting its stuff around town. With all browser vendors onboard it might as well be the only game worth playing. Get dressed folks, the show is coming to a theater near you!

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Magic Marketing

If you believe Apple’s spin the iPhone 4 is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s not. They’ve added some great improvements but nothing earth shattering. They’ve obviously felt the need to go all out on the marketing spin.

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IE 6 sucks by design

Reading Ars Technica, as a webhead does on a Friday afternoon, I found a little gem of rationalisation: For some companies, IE 6’s ineptitude is a feature, not flaw

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Fronteers 2010

Fronteers has a conference that has been growing in stature year by year. This years lineup of speakers is just mind blowing. You may not want to miss this. In fact can you afford not to?

 

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CSS3: The long wait

HTML5 is great but what really gets me excited is CSS3. Layout modules, text columns, multiple background and especially RGBa. These new features will change the way the web looks forever.

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Post noughties revolution

Adobe would have me, you and your granny think that Flash is Gods gift to us mere mortals, however, it’s web standards that’s rising to the occasion. Motion graphics anytime, anywhere on any device. Some say that CSS, HTML and JavaScript isn’t ready to replace Flash. They say it doesn’t matter because Flash is the number one motion graphics platform, and yet, plenty are giving web standards a go anyway. A little revolution is just what the doctor ordered.

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Steve on Flash

Steve Jobs has posted a simply astonishing article about HTML5 and Flash. The two technologies are not the same and are not intended to replace each other. Though one can make the argument that HTML5 can produce products that are currently being done with Flash. That’s basically what Jobs is saying. Anything you can do we can do better, type of thing. It will be true for desktop based browser if Microsoft jumps onboard.

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.” -Steve Jobs, April 2010

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The Microsoft Effect

The web, myself included, is getting all giddy about CSS3 and the way it will make Rich User Interfaces more prominent on the web. CSS this and border-radius that. Look mom, no images etc. etc. The reality is that the web design skills gap will now get wider, not narrower. Rolling up your sleeves and having a go will just look like that you’re, well, having a go. Basic, won’t cut it, adding some effects here and there won’t cut it. Rich user interfaces will become even more important and so the bar will be set very high. Consequently branding will start to make serious demands on any web presence. All because Microsoft is finally catching up.

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