Thinking Practically

Articles, Thoughts, Updates & Musings.

In other words this is our blog. Read on to find out what we are up to and what we are thinking about current trends and strategies.

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Mkcert all the things

Mkcert all the things

After Ade Attwood’s recent dive into TLS and creating server certificates with a root ca. This is a much simpler way with mkcert…

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Future Web Design Skills

Future Web Design Skills

This post is a version of a recent lecture. The question is “What skills and knowledge might future designers be expected to know”.

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London is where it is at?

London is where it is at?

For the creative industries the proximity of other creative industries has meant that London is absolutely the place to be for any agency or artist…

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Yii2 stream responses

Yii2 stream responses

In your Yii2 controller, it is quite common practice to return the stream of a file to the browser for your user to download. However, it’s not so well documented you can set any stream reference as the content of your response.

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Named regex matches in php

Named regex matches in php

When dealing with those pesky regular expressions trying to get our matches by their index, making your code that little less readable.

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Lockdown Quizzes

Lockdown Quizzes

Our Practically bi-weekly quizzes. So why not get some inspiration or even borrow from us. Here are some highlights of our quiz rounds.

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Cookie Consent Popups in 2020

Cookie Consent Popups in 2020

You may have noticed, or perhaps not, that we have no cookie consent popups on our site. We, as designers and web practitioners, have some real problems with those annoying cookie popups. And we are not alone…

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Trust is the currency of home working

Trust is the currency of home working

Here I sit, as do you, in my home office space. Constantly on Zoom / Skype / GoogleChat / Slack / Insert client’s chosen comms method here, with colleagues as well as clients. Then nipping out to the corner of the garden in order to get that phone signal…

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A Lazy Canoe Trip Down the River

A Lazy Canoe Trip Down the River

A wonderful day canoeing and larking about on the beautiful river Wye. Photos from the day of all the team, though none of the kingfisher that we all saw…

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Git Repository Clean Up

Git Repository Clean Up

After you have been developing a project for some time your local git repo can become detached from the repository on ‘origin’. Here are a few commands you can run to clean things up a bit when you feel things are getting cluttered.

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HiP Infographics

HiP Infographics

Some of the many infographics we created for HiP Property, showing the state of ICOs and competitors. Complicated but fun these did really well in the campaigns we ran based around them.

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Ich Bin Eine Berliner

Ich Bin Eine Berliner

Sam was part of a week long trip to Berlin with the students from University of Worcester, visiting the many museums, studios and, er, pubs.

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The Design Diamond

The Design Diamond

Simply stated, it aims to convince design students of the process of design. That without one of the four corners of the diamond then a design presentation (a crit or critique) will be weak.

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HTML5 Banners for The FA

HTML5 Banners for The FA

We have been busy creating a series of banners for The Football Association (The FA) to promote all sorts of things, from upcoming games to the joining of the supporters club. This has been a great opportunity to debate the pros and cons of the HTML5 Banner.

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Adapt2 Digital Engagement Map

Adapt2 Digital Engagement Map

I have been privileged to be shown in person the Adapt2 DEM or Digital Engagement Map. I cannot emphasise how blown away I am by the progress made and how useful it would be.

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Afri-Kokoa

Afri-Kokoa

Time for a new flyer set for Afri-Kokoa. We love emulating that African craft feel and learning about a music that is a far cry from the studio diet of electronica and techno.

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True Story

True Story

Our strategy and thinking has been heavily influenced by a highly recommended book – True Story by Ty Montague.

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Oddizzi

Oddizzi

Oddizzi is an online travel guide and learning resource for kids. It is designed to be used in primary schools.

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UCL Engins

UCL Engins

Engins, or Engineering Inspiration is, or will be a collaborative community for engineering news of all flavours. Owned, sponsored and by UCL (University College London) it is the reincarnation of The-Briefing which has run for many years.

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Worcester Degree Shows

Worcester Degree Shows

We have just helped curate and manage the Degree Show for Graphic Design at Worcester University. Check out their work on their own site for this year.

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TypeStackr Game

TypeStackr Game

Typestr is a simple game, where – you guessed it – you get to stack type. Just place the letters on top of each other and get to the win bar. Each level features one of our favourite fonts. Perfect for your designer friends.

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Tweet this

Tweet this

If you steal knowledge, it will be with you until your last breath. [Tweet this]

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The Death of Social Sharing, Apparently

The Death of Social Sharing, Apparently

So here is an article from the rather great WallBlog, that is a little light on data, but is never-the-less thought provoking. I found interesting largely as I thought it would be about something completely different. Here is why…

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The death of the slideshow?

The death of the slideshow?

The rise and fall of the Slideshow, on a par with the rise and fall of responsive, is in my opinion what next for web design in 2014.

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Wild West Casino

Wild West Casino

Our concept for a poker and casino game, using the power of avatars within Facebook. Using the idea of moving Facebook avatars as Poker faces.

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Manic Mundi game

Manic Mundi game

A tricky but highly addictive puzzle game for kids (ahem). One of the most beautiful pieces we have created, you must turn off all the gas lamps in the Prince Regent Hotel.

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100ml Sprint

100ml Sprint

An odd concept but rather fun and utterly unique. A game played at a man’s urinal with the control being via your very own stream. Best explained by Captive Media’s website and video.

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Pantene ‘Make a swisssh’ hub

Pantene ‘Make a swisssh’ hub

A vast online campaign aired across the Hearst network to promote Pantene, in conjunction with Cat Deeley. User uploaded content, games, a social hub…

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Phenotype Definition

Phenotype Definition

The word ‘phenotype’ is a biological term and is best explained by examining the differences between the ‘phenotype’ and ‘genotype’ of living organisms…

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