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Design and build a website in a day: Part two

Aaron's second instalment in the 'one day design and build' series is made even more challenging with actual client work and not so many monsters this time round.

My last attempt at this I found to be an interesting and pretty rewarding challenge to undertake.

Design and build a website in a day: Part one

So Aaron's inaugural post on the Code Enigma blog he takes on the challenge of designing and building a website in a day without templates or frameworks.

I’m writing this paragraph before undertaking the challenge and this point I’m not sure of how this will turn out.

Optimise your CSS

Even if you are an experienced front end developer who structures CSS files coherently, concisely and into something that resembles fine art, there are still ways of squeezing a little more performance out of your CSS files by reducing their file size using post processing.

Fairly simple. You'll notice that there's no particular order to the rules, and it could be better optimised. It's rendered out like this.

Rethinking the company website

We'd been thinking for ages that we needed to completely change our company website. The whole team felt we had a site that failed to represent either what we do or who we are. After some false starts when we tried to do this in-house we decided to get help from an external design agency and turned to Andy Clarke at Stuff And Nonsense. In addition to a radical design overhaul, we also wanted to rethink how to author content within a content management system so that we would actually want to create new articles rather than thinking of it as a chore. In this article we explain the process from various perspectives: design, content-strategy, back-end and front-end development.

When we decided to update our company website, we wanted a site that shows our customers what we can do. With the help of Andy Clarke and the team at Stuff and Nonsense, we truly believe we've managed it.

Webvisions Barcelona 2014

When a major industry event visits your hometown, that’s all you need to change the usual “I should go” to “I will go”. That’s exactly what happened to me with Webvisions Barcelona being held this week. Here's my take on the first day, dedicated to workshops.

When a major industry event visits your hometown, that’s all you need to change the usual “I should go” to “I will go”. That’s exactly what happened to me with Webvisions Barcelona being held this week.

A responsive site should not be your 2014 main goal!

Don't fool yourself, making your site responsive is not a content strategy

Over the last twelve months, we’ve routinely received client requests asking how much it would cost to make their existing Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 site responsive. These projects mostly consist of optimizing an existing site for users accessing the content through tablet or smartphone.

Is your designer really web ready?

For some bizarre reason, while most design specialisms are respected, everyone thinks they can be a web designer. This makes it difficult for clients to sort the wheat from the chaff. Greg Harvey explains...

When I studied as an architect our tutors were clear. Architecture is a creative profession, but you’re not all going to be Zaha Hadid.

G-Cloud III supplier status confirmed

Our Agile Project Management, Drupal Development, Support, Migration and Consultancy now available on the G-Cloud Framework Agreement

Today we issued a press release about our recent incorporation onto the G-Cloud iii framework, managed by Government Procurement Service (GPS). We are pleased to announce to all UK government departments and organisations it has never been easier to purchase our Drupal services.

Time to rebuild your site?

How do I recognise the signs my site is out of date? Renew or update, what’s the best option?

The full redesign of a large website is a long and hard process. The time, energy (and discussions) invested from concept to launch are substantial. Therefore, nobody embarks on such an endeavour without putting in the necessary thought.

Lining Up For Frontend United

Europe's major annual Drupal Design event is almost upon us - Code Enigma can't wait!

London plays host once again to an awesome Drupal event. Frontend United (formerly Drupal Design Camp) follows hot on the heels of the fabulously successful DrupalCamp London.

Death of a themer

Slides from and video of the Death of a Themer talk I gave at DrupalCamp London.

Slides from and video of the Death of a themer talk I gave at DrupalCamp Lond