I'm a web developer living in Christchurch (thanks for all the quakes) where JavaScript is my forte. When off the computer I volunteer down at the local community centre, or enjoy playing tabletop games such as Carcassonne or Stone Age with friends.

Paul's articles

  1. On Our Radar This Week: Easier Reading, Neural Networks, and Google Calls Out Bad Sites

    Developing a Better Experience

    With the wide variety of devices people use to browse the web today, steps are being taken to try and maintain peoples quality of experience. Google are now calling out pages that will not work well on your device with messages like: “Uses Flash. May not work on your device.” After news that China has over half a billion people who access the web from their mobile devices, this is an even larger impetus to improve our techniques.

    If you’re a freelancer developing sites you may want to think about moving from responsive design to adaptive design, or using A/B testing to improve your click-through rate. Responsive design has a beneficial place, as is nicely demonstrated by these responsive logos of famous companies, but as you can see in this Media-Query Mario, you can take things too far. Finally, here are 5 ways to never run out of freelance work.

    Improve your Design

    “Creating Distraction-Free Reading Experiences is a highly instructive read about how to improve your design, and if you’re after more, here is a comprehensive reading list for designers. When you want to jump in and try out some designs, Kite is a simple and flexible layout helper that can help you layout your design horizontally or vertically, nest groups and justify content, or fill sections across an area. Mind you, native CSS is proving to be highly capable too when it comes to layout, as is masterfully demonstrated in this A List Apart article on 10 CSS one-liners to replace native apps.

  2. On Our Radar: Android’s Material, Better Design, and Refactoring

    Getting started After last week’s Web Starter Kit from Google, a nice intro came out showing how web technologies work together. On SitePoint we have a good look at the time element, and we also a comprehensive look at HTML5′s track element to add further detail to your videos. Design a better experience Web design […]

  3. On Our Radar This Week: RebeccaPurple, Animations and More!

    Welcome to On Our Radar, a weekly round-up of trends and themes that have come to our attention in the ever-changing world of web development. Every week, we’ll put together a collection of articles and resources that will make your lives as designers and developers easier, and help you you stay up-to-date in this fast-paced […]