TwiPho – Twitter Photo Search

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Well, it seems I have more time on my hands than I need. Wednesday my on-line chum Matt decided he wanted to “build something”. Anything he said. He was open to suggestions. One of those was a Twitter photo search. To cut a long story short I stole by own suggestion and built it myself.

TwiPho was born out of two days coding (Thursday, 7th May and Friday 8th May) which accumulated to about 8 hours coding. Not bad to say I visited Alton Towers on Friday too.

Anyway, TwiPho is a Twitter Photo Search engine. It uses Twitters brilliant API (which I wrote about Wednesday) including TwitPic’s API, img.ly’s API and yfrog’s API. All Twitter image hosts. It searches though Twitter to find images related to a search keyword and shows you the images. 100% JavaScript, 100% AJAX. It uses the powerful jQuery framework too, which is a massive boost for my programming ego.

Anyway please have a look at it over at http://twipho.net/ and even let you friends know about it on Twitter!

It’s even been featured on jQuery Style, so thanks again to them!

Whistle Stop Tour 2009

Fancy riding 1,200 Miles across the UK starting from Lands End and finishing at John O Groats? No? Me neither!

These two guys are though (Adam Fisher and Oliver Frearson) and I felt obligated to build them a website promoting their journey. It’s in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and they are trying to raise £3000 (that’s only £2.50 per mile!).

Check out the website, visit their blog (which will be updated en route) and give them a bit of support.

If your feeling generous you can also donate by clicking the big donate button on the top left corner. Anything will do, even 1 pence, it all adds up.

New Showcase page for you to play with!

The portfolio page looked a little drab. Afterall I am working SOLID completing work left right and center. Not all of this can go into my portfolio page as it’s more University work and stuff built on a personal basis. This then spawned the “Showcase” page. Have a play with the few flash and javascript games on there as well as reading about some of the smaller projects I have been completing to get me through University.

In the next few weeks it’s going to be developed a little more to display more images and information on each project. But for now it’s a start ;-)

Free XHTML Template

The other day I realised I had loads of spare web stuff lying around on my hard drive which included canned designs, unused web pages, old university assignments and old website designs (PSD’s and XHTML/CSS).

Well, today I decided I’d start releasing this spare stuff online. If I’m not using it maybe someone else can get something out of it. That was the idea behind the WordPress Olivia template, it was an old design which morphed into a pretty popular free template.

Anyway, we start this new routine of free downloads with a free XHTML template complete with instructions on how to use and modify it.

You can view a demo of the free XHTML theme or even download it for yourself to dissect, prod and poke.
There is also a tutorial on how to edit the pages, adding paragraphs and headers and also how to edit the CSS. It’s a basic tutorial but it explains the beginner methods.

Unfortunately there won’t be much support for it. You’ll have to work it out for yourself. If you are really really stuck you can drop comments for this post below and I’ll try my damn hardest to answer. Honest.

Download (370kb) | View Demo

How to? Basic website design using Adobe Photoshop

Please note: This tutorial is for beginners. It’s a short vague guide to push you in the right direction. I believe “learn by seeing and doing” is the best approach.

Many developers struggle to use the basic tools in Adobe’s award winning software Photoshop when designing websites. It can help a lot to know some simple techniques and tools when building XHTML pages. You don’t have to use the very awful splicing function at all.

Let’s start with the idea of building a very simple design using a set colour palette and a set width. After these simple tips I will also supply a number of useful links to visit to help you further. Continue reading How to? Basic website design using Adobe Photoshop

Olivia WordPress Theme – V0.9.5

This theme is no longer supported. Sorry!

Theme DemoDownload Now 670kb
I am pleased to announce that you can now download the brand new WordPress theme named “Olivia” direct from our website and soon from the official WordPress themes gallery.

It has been in development for a long time but good things come to those who wait!

Key features of the theme:

  1. Seven brilliant styles including a Grunge style and Magic style!
  2. Beautifully designed
  3. WordPress 2.6.3 compatible
  4. Widget ready!
  5. Built on the famous 960 grid system
  6. FamFamFam Silk Icons
  7. jQuery functions including text size modification
  8. Basic stylesheet for accessibility
  9. Thumbnail generation

To coincide with the release of the theme I have written a quick tutorial explaining how to use the features explained… Continue reading Olivia WordPress Theme – V0.9.5

WordPress Theme “Olivia” on it’s way!

It’s not far off release date! (well within a week hopefully!)

Features of the theme:

  1. Clean fluent design based on the 960 grid system
  2. Beautifully selected colour tones
  3. FamFamFam silk icons (as they are very pretty)
  4. Various stylesheets (colours)
  5. Widget ready, as all new themes usually come
  6. Other neat little features!

Check out the image of the design above and leave us some feedback and request for features!
We will post the download right here next week and will also submit it to the WordPress Gallery.

Check back soon!

Microsoft releases IE8 Beta II, try harder!

This week sees Microsoft leave behind the IE7 which had lasted for two years, and announces the second beta of IE8, but does more effort need to be placed on getting users to actually upgrade, rather than adding another version number to the mix?

According to W3.org there are more or less the same amount of users toddling along with IE6 as there are IE7. IE6 is seven years old yesterday (27th) and still holds a market share of around 25% while IE7 holds 26%.

Firefox is steadily climbing up the browser tree holding 42%, and nearly all of those users are on the latest version (or there about). Why is this? Do Internet Explorer users not bother? Is it too complicated? Or is it even due to piracy? After all, if you have an illegal key, you won’t be able to upgrade. Let’s make a few points and ask some questions… Continue reading Microsoft releases IE8 Beta II, try harder!

10 Web Design NO NO’s

The web has changed a lot and web designers (of all people) know about the need to keep up to date with the latest design “trends”.

This short 10 point guide will hopefully help some people understand the minor problems website design (and content) brings when being viewed by a potential customer.

  1. Pointless Flash Animation
    I’m all up for interactive flash in websites, but only use it if it’s necessary. Many a web developer will say “try doing the same in javascript, it’s better”, which is usually true, but animations which have no purpose other than to distract the user are pointless, bandwidth consuming and damn irritating.
    Check out Avistar’s Globe Animation. It’s awful to look at, and awfully slow. Continue reading 10 Web Design NO NO’s