The Blog

  • Should I Pay Someone to Build a Website for My Business or Build it Myself for “Free”?

    Posted in Web Development, Business on Aug 18, 2016

    This is a question I see on a weekly basis. Startups and small business owners have to make the decision between their time and spending money. They know they need a website, but how should they go about getting one built? After speaking to a business owner on reddit.com/r/smallbusiness, I decided to turn the answer to this this question into an article after some great community input.

  • Android on BlackBerry is Good Business

    Posted in Technology on Aug 30, 2015

    This is primarily in response to the question "Why doesn't BlackBerry pay big name app developers to get them on-board?" - as I know it's a question that a very large part of the community is wondering. Why not go that route and stick to their guns with BB10 instead of jumping ship to Android? The answer is that they will simply never secure those apps… Microsoft took the route of paying billions for advertising and bringing app developers on board.

  • Why the BlackBerry HUB on Android Makes Sense

    Posted in Technology on Jun 16, 2015

    What are the current solutions available right now on Android? There’s CloudMagic, Gmail (which supports “some” other email providers), Mailbox by Dropbox, Inbox by Google. Really, there is no great solution. People are dying for a good email management solution. I have been using CloudMagic and Mailbox android apps on my Z30 to manage all my junk email accounts. And honestly, the app doesn’t compare in the slightest to the HUB. None of these solutions have social media integration and others either.

  • Why You Should Run Usability Testing On Everything

    Posted in Web Development, Usability-Testing, UI/UX on Feb 11, 2015

    People are very opinionated creatures. If you are a UI & UX expert, or a designer/developer, it is so easy to get caught in the cycle of making ultimate decisions based solely on past knowledge and experiences. The problem is, every scenario is different so past knowledge and experience won't always give you the correct answer. All it can do is help guide you into the right direction. This is where user-testing comes into play. A construction company for example is not going to have the same "answers" as a web design firm.

  • Is It Safe To Use Flexbox, Calc, & Viewport Units?

    Posted in Web Development, Flexbox, CSS on Jan 06, 2015

    Flexbox has nearly 85% support in the US and 89% global support. Sadly, nearly 10% of people in the USA are IE8 users. These are users who are on Windows XP though, an OS which Microsoft has announced EOL on a while back, THEY don't even support it anymore. Not to mention, many of the people on XP using IE8 are large businesses who are really holding back on making the jump. Now do I have to put a large focus on making my site fully functional for the small chance that these select people will even visit it while they are at work? If I'm making a site for a small business, chances are, it's not that big of a deal.

  • Using REM vs EM for Font Sizes

    Posted in Typography, Web Development on Dec 17, 2014

    It's tough to break the habit of using px everywhere to define font-size in your code. Though, if you care about having a flexible and responsive layout, I highly recommend making the jump over to either rem or em. This article goes over the differences between rem and em while discussing which one I prefer and why. I am going into this post with the assumption that you already understand the benefits of moving away from using fixed px values when dealing with fonts.