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SASS, as it stands, will not permit us to use a placeholder to extend a selector from inside a media query, due to scope conflicts. That’s really annoying. Let Hugo Giraudel show you a way around it.

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Filed in? Code, Sites

The Shark Attack web site could with a makeover and a bit of love. It’s just that these client projects will keep rolling in…

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Filed in? Sites, Studio

Backing up your data is not a glamorous part of running a business, but it might just save your arse one day. I recently overhauled my entire backup policy to give Shark Attack full belt-and-braces protection, & I thought I’d break it down here for anyone who is wondering where to start.

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Filed in? Technology

Now is the time to demand from your MP that the Digital Economy Bill be given proper scrutiny and debate.

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Filed in? Politics, Technology

Should designers and clients still be obsessing over the idea of ‘the fold’ in web design? With the exception of certain situations, I believe not. Here‘s why.

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Filed in? Design

There is currently a heated debate within the web design & development community. It concerns the relative merits of Adobe Flash and HTML5, and which technology should hold the crown for rich content on the web.

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Filed in? Apple, Code, Technology

A fair bit of what is required to achieve decent search engine rankings can be done simply via the basic premise, design and upkeep of the site. This is sometimes called Organic SEO, and here are my tips for getting it to work for you.

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Filed in? Business, Code, Design

Every day design clients the world over receive finished, printed materials and cannot understand why the colours do not look precisely like the artwork that they approved from the comfort and convenience of their computer screen.
Well, here’s why.

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Filed in? Design, Print

Taking the time to perform a thorough and well-executed upgrade to OS X can make the difference between a zippy new working environment and a blue screen or kernel panic. Here is my recommended upgrade procedure, tried and tested over many years and system upgrades. It’s never let me down yet.

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Filed in? Apple, Technology

Can Adobe really not find the resources to provide businesses with much-needed compatibility data regarding CS3 and Snow Leopard?

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Filed in? Apple, Business, Studio, Technology

You can now follow @sharkattackdsgn for design and studio-related updates. And check out HootSuite for managing multiple Twitter accounts; v.2 (beta) is looking HootSweet.

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Filed in? Studio, Technology

Record labels are preparing to introduce a new format intended to revitalise the album market. Apple is doing likewise. Are we poised for another battle for format dominance?

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Filed in? Apple, Business, Record sleeves, Technology

Ever since the National Identity Scheme was first suggested by politicians, we’ve been told that “those who have nothing to hide have have nothing to fear”. This would appear to be nonsense, especially if you are a celebrity and a government employee is feeling a bit bored.

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Filed in? Politics, Technology

Concentric Sky have released iPhone cheatsheet apps covering HTML, CSS, JQuery and more.

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Filed in? Code, iPhone, Technology

RGBA colour can help you lay out your web page, identify overlapping elements and see where your CSS or box model implementation has maybe gone a bit wonky. Here’s how.

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Convert a Moleskine notebook into a PDA, with some top tips courtesy of The Art of Manliness

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Filed in? Books, Technology

The debate over the ‘best’ width for a web site site design resurfaces periodically, usually fed by the latest batch of computer monitors. It’s largely bunk, and here’s why.

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Innovative water bottle-and-fountain system addresses the problem of plastic bottle wastage without neglecting the commercial side. And it looks great too.

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Filed in? Design, Technology

Good news for developers: Mobile Safari, as implemented in iPhone software v.3, is reported to be fully compatible with HTML 5.

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Filed in? Apple, Code, iPhone, Technology

Here is the full, unedited text of the Q&A that led to Shark Attack’s record sleeve design work being featured in MacUser last year.

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Filed in? Design, Record sleeves, Studio

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