Rab’s Ramblings

Occasional writings about design, web and maybe even photography—wouldn’t you be so lucky.

A Year On

It’s been a year since my day job switched from IT to web design. A year since my job title changed from IT Support Technician to Web Developer. It still sounds a little weird to be honest, although my title has switched to Designer recently which feels like a better fit. I had been freelancing outside of the day job for four or so years previous. It’s only been this last year though, where I’ve had a design job which took up all my working week.

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Connecting and Reconnecting

We all know keeping in touch with friends and family is important, but the same applies to colleagues and customers. Checking in with previous clients can spark off work, make new opportunities and open a door to meet new people. It doesn’t take much to drop someone a message who you’ve not spoken to in a while to see how they are doing, and how their business is going.

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Your Domain, Your Control

Are you in control of your domain name? Might seem a simple enough question, but have you really looked into how difficult it would be for you to lose your domain? Don’t overlook the value your domain name brings to your business—be it advertising, orders, or communication—and keep it safe. Double check how secure it is, it could just make your life a little easier.

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Making Email Work Harder

Email gets a lot of stick. It doesn’t take too long before you stumble across someone posting a screenshot of their phones home screen and they have 10,000 email notifications, so it’s easy to see why people hate it. I like to thing I’m on top of email, and I use it a little differently to some people.

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Starting with Keto

My next step in fitness was to take the diet a bit more seriously and step up the running. In the end I decided to start the Keto diet which is maintaining a state of ketosis by keeping my carbohydrate intake under 25g per day. I’ve just started week five, having started the diet on Sunday 10th August. Here’s what I’ve done, learned and been through.

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Getting Stuff Done

I use four main tools to help me get work done. I find they help me keep focused on the tasks in hand, and help with creative block. If I know something is taken care of, and I know I won’t forget about something, it helps me focus on the task in hand.

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Attending Conferences

I’ve been to three web industry conferences now, #TIDE in Scarborough, SmashingConf in Oxford and The Meat Conference in Aberdeen. Next up for me is The Web Is in Cardiff at the end of October. They can be expensive but for what you get from them I really believe it’s worth it.

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Redesign Process

Initially I was going to write about the process of my site redesign in a previous post, but that turned out to be an overview due to the size of it. Here I want to go into the tools, thoughts and technical aspects such as getting into CodeKit, statistics, SASS and suchlike. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve learned a lot since my last site revision so it was time to tighten things up around here.

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New to Photography

I’ve always been interested in Photography, my Grandad has always taken lots of pictures everywhere he goes and I guess that’s where it started. I remember going out on walks with him and my Gran and we’d be moved left, right, up and down for him to get the shot he wanted. I didn’t get it then—but I do now.

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Keeping Fit in a Desk Job

It wasn’t so long ago that I struggled with keeping fit whilst working at a desk all day. I was sitting around, a lot. This is a timeline of how I broke my habits, leading up to what I do now. My manager got a group of us into running. I played a bit of football, how hard could it have been?

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