5 ways swim lane workflow diagrams fail

Swim lane diagrams are a visual way of documenting business processes. They’re particularly good at distinguishing tasks between people – using either horizontal or vertical grids. However, there are limitations to consider before diving into the deep end of a swim lane. 1. Unable to share tasks Swim lane diagrams […]

Blocked folder names in Windows 10

If you try to create a folder in Windows 10 called “con” you will get a surprise – it’s not allowed. Instead you get an error which reads The specified device name is invalid. What device and why? This happens because “con” is a reserved system term in the Windows […]

How to secure your LastPass account and passwords

I’m a big fan of the password manager LastPass – I use it to store, organise and audit the majority of my passwords. It is however a massive security vulnerability. It’s a treasure trove of passwords which normally you wouldn’t even think of sharing with someone – but instead they’re […]

Facebook HEARS everything?

Facebook is in a unique position where it can learn the most private information about it’s users. They want more information to make more money from advertisements. And people are complying – filling it with data through posts, private messages and meta data like what content you interact with and when. […]

Why UX is more important than SEO

Google rewards good Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) by bringing users to your website – but what about the User Experience (UX) when they get there. There’s an obsessive focus on SEO for websites – but without good UX it’s dead traffic that wont convert to sales or engage. So why […]

Annoying web trends that need to stop

Web design should be about delivering content to users – but increasingly it’s loosing this and making it harder to consume content. These web design trends are annoying and frustrating users and need to stop. Ads inside content With an ever increasing desire to find more profitable ad placements – […]

Free stock images for your web design projects

Finding images for a web design mockup can be tedious and expensive. A quick Google search will reveal many websites that offer free stock images, but you’ll find mostly low quality images on ad riddled websites. Fortunately some websites deliver better than others. The list below are the ones that […]

Firefox fights Google Chrome with speed and resources

Firefox has always been a strong contender in the browser wars but in the last few years it’s been a loosing battle against Google Chrome. Recently Mozilla released Firefox 57 – claiming to be twice as fast and 30% lighter than Google Chrome. This offers would offer some serious competition […]

WordPress 4.9 is out! And it’s awesome!

WordPress 4.9 is out and features some seriously awesome new features. Improved theme customiser Draft and schedule design customisations The theme customiser now allows you to create draft customisations and schedule their publish date. This can be done using by clicking on the ‘cog’ icon in the theme customiser. Design […]