Yes, it’s about time I wrote something here. Been busy with the new house, redecorating, DIY, taming the huge garden…. And trying to get on with putting next year’s Elfin Diary together. Money’s short of course (when is it not?); so I’ve decided to try for more web design work. So, anybody wanna website, go … Continue reading Time, time, time, see what’s become of me….
I’m a big fan of Serif software – I’ve been using their PagePlus DTP program since v2 – which came out sometime in the mid-90s. Since then I’ve also added two other Serif programs, Photoplus and Drawplus. I’m happy with the performance of all three and use them all the time. But until now, I’ve … Continue reading Review: Serif WebPlus
Have spent the whole day designing! Decided this morning that the Elfin Diary site needed a spruce-up before the shop site opens and next year’s Diaries go on sale. Didn’t ask Caroline about it, and haven’t heard what she thinks of it. But even if she hates it and tells me to put it back … Continue reading Good work….
Well, it seems to be here at last. A couple of days of sun and warmth. Spent most of today in the garden, tidying up the grass mowings, then lounging with a book. I have been trying to get more exercise over th e last couple of weeks, mainly by walking up the hill opposite … Continue reading Summer is acoming….
Just had a look at the website of a local (minor) author – it’s one of the ugliest I’ve seen in a long while. It was produced by a supposedly professional design company. Going to their website and looking through their portfolio I found not only dozens of design-failure horrors – piss-poor in terms of … Continue reading Why Are Some People Content With Ugly?
I wish I could get more of a focus in my working life. I’ve got some web design projects I want to get on with, but can’t decide which to get on with properly. I start one, then decide I want to do something else for a while, then I find some interesting web page … Continue reading Faffing….
So. Yesterday was my birthday, when I hit the Big One (count the candles on my cake and multiply by 10). And I aren’t ded yet! The day before (Sunday), Daughter no.2 and her husband came up, laden with prezzies, wine and a birthday cake – made by Daughter’s fair hands! A good day was … Continue reading More Reasons to be Cheerful….
The last few weeks, I’ve been thinking quite hard about getting much more business-like with my web design work. The web has a lot of helpful advice for design freelancers who want to be more professional – John O’Nolan has a couple of good articles (it helps a lot that he’s British – US business … Continue reading Down to business…
Feeling quite pleased with myself – just spen a good hour submitting the newly-completed Windows Hotline website to the search engines. I’m never sure if this is really necessary – good design, standards-compliant coding, keywords and linking should be enough, along with one-time submission to Google, Yahoo Search, Bing and DMOZ. However, companies pay quite … Continue reading Pleased…
Almost finished the Windows Hotline site. I’d started out thinking it would be a very simple bit of work – a straightforward HTML site with some slideshow galleries for the products. A fortnight’s work at most. But of course, rapid complications developed. First, the client hated the template and logo I’d lovingly crafted, so I … Continue reading Still busy…..