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I made a PiGrrl

May 20, 2017 12:43 pm
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The PiGrrl is a Raspberry Pi based version of the classic Nintendo Gameboy. Capable of  playing classics all the way up to the 16 bit era thanks to the tweaks provided by 3d printed case (and then the PiGrrl is really only constrained by the available input options). The underlying... View Article

Twitter’s other problem

May 6, 2017 9:26 am
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No, not the gangs of digital haters trolling everyone. I’m talking about Twitter ads: they are just terrible. How is it that Twitter have the access to all my tweets and yet all I mostly see are ad’s for PPI or gambling? I literally never talk about that. I do not... View Article

UX writing for chat bots and assistants

May 4, 2017 2:23 pm
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During an over email work discussion with a colleague, I was asked what my thoughts are on the following links Are UX writers the next big thing? Building Chatbots: Everything you need to know I encourage you to read those links. But in a nutshell my thoughts are: Are “UX... View Article

Quick reminder for CSS variables

May 3, 2017 9:15 am
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CSS variables or CSS Custom Properties are apparently here with enough support that we can start using them in production if we are clever with our fallbacks for IE. Here is a quick reminder as to how we can use them.

Voice Optimisation And Chat Bot Reading List

April 19, 2017 2:43 pm
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Just a list of articles I’ve recently read about voice optimisation, chat bots that sort of thing. Maybe you’ll find it interesting, maybe you won’t, but I’ll definitely not have lost this list of links. And really, that’s the important thing for me.

What am I asking the machine to do?

April 12, 2017 12:20 pm
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The desktop paradigm for all its skeuomorphism still had a learning curve when first encountered by a user. The user had to learn it interpret how to do certain tasks, clicking to open files etc. But once the basics were grasped the construct of that language fell away. It’s why... View Article

Working web hook response for api.ai from WordPress

April 11, 2017 11:20 am
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Just a quick response for anyone that needs a draft response to check that their web hook is working for api.ai. The response requirements for api.ai are kinda strict. But this works enough so you can get onto the interesting stuff.  Simply save the snippet as a PHP file on your server and... View Article

Facebook Flagging Fake News as Disputed

March 7, 2017 1:24 pm
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From The Next Web: “Following up on its promise from December, Facebook has begun to flag fake news stories on news feeds in the US. Questionable stories may now show a “disputed” tag underneath, with a link to a source countering the article’s claims. Facebook said it works with ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes,... View Article

Semiotic context: the value of images

January 19, 2017 10:03 am
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So, got an email from an account handler regarding a piece of web design I’m working on. One component of the page has a proposed dynamically animated graphic. This widget would pull back data from an API and display available collection locations on a total-per-country basis and look a little like... View Article

Marketing online: Get to the Point

January 10, 2017 2:38 pm
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Marketing on the web is so different from marketing online. Not just in terms of how you work with the formats, but also how you talk to a user. Offline, the leaning is to tend towards the brand TOV and messaging may amble, take a left turn or otherwise just... View Article