Alex manages design and front end development for sitepoint.com and is SitePoint's Design and UX editor.

Alex's articles

  1. DesignFestival: How to Test Your HTML Email Newsletter Before You Hit Send

    So, you’ve come up with a HTML email design you’re happy with. Woo! Before you start mailing it out, you’re going to need to test it. There are so many email web apps and desktop clients out there with differing requirements, and ensuring that your newsletter looks great for the overwhelming majority of readers is incredibly important. I use a two-step testing process that includes preliminary testing using a desktop client and a small test group, and final testing using your mailing list web app of choice, such as Mailchimp or Campaign Monitor.

  2. How to Test Your HTML Email Newsletter Before You Hit Send

    So, you’ve come up with a HTML email design you’re happy with. Woo! Before you start mailing it out, you’re going to need to test it. There are so many email web apps and desktop clients out there with differing requirements, and ensuring that your newsletter looks great for the overwhelming majority of readers is […]

  3. DesignFestival: A Farewell to CSS3 Gradients

    Before we get started, let’s get one thing straight: I ♥ CSS3. I understand that we’ve never had it so good. In fact, I have no doubt that time-travellers visiting from 2004 would be sick with jealousy at how easily we now conjure up rounded corners, shadows, and object rotations. Sure, the browser-specific prefixes (i.e

  4. A Farewell to CSS3 Gradients

    While there have been some great recent discussions on the subject of web gradients — John Allsop’s recent article gives the perfect overview — most focus on using CSS3, while occasionally patching a hole here and there with dab of SVG.. Could it be we’re looking at it the wrong way?

  5. DesignFesival: The Cicada Project: And the winner is…

    It’s been a month of inspired ideas and clever execution but the time has come to announce the official winner of Design Festival’s Cicada Project iPad 2 Give-away. We’ve almost hit fifty designs which is well beyond our expectations. Sincere thanks to everyone who presented their ideas and also everyone who took the time to vote. But since we’ve had some truly kick-ass additions since our last update, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight a handful of designs that really stood out

  6. The Cicada Project: Have your say!

    It was just over three weeks ago that we launched the Cicada Project, our community-driven gallery for backgrounds exploring the cicada principle. The idea was to push the idea to find out what was possible—while juicing up the competition with an iPad 2 giveaway. Here’s the current state of play.

  7. Now It’s Your Turn: Win an iPad 2 With The Cicada Project

    Two weeks ago we showed you a way to use clever numbers to make practically endless tiling backgrounds. The article got an astonishing response, and now we want to give the DesignFestival and Design View newsletter readership the chance to submit their own tiling combinations with a chance to win an iPad 2!