Archive for December, 2013

31 December, 2013 — Blogging, Life

My Goals for 2014

2014 is just around the corner so I thought I would share some goals I have set myself for the next year!

Changes To That Blogger

So first things first, my plans for That Blogger – I originally set this blog up as a way to focus on WordPress and web development articles but now with 2014 I have decided to turn it into more of a personal blog, while at the same time keeping the tips and code snippets coming.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m not only a programmer but also a scuba diving professional and a photographer. Therefore That Blogger could become a large source of all sorts of information.

Extending My Diving Professional Status


In very early 2014 I plan on doing the Scuba Instructor Exam to allow me to become a fully qualified Diving Instructor. Which could be interesting I am not sure if I will be doing it in the UK or Abroad yet. Keep an eye out for updated on that…

My Health & Fitness

I must set this goal every year and like others I’m sure, it never really fully happens. Been young I have been getting away with eating whatever I want, whenever I want. However in the long run I know it’s all going to come crashing down so eating healthy is going to be a big part of new year… but only time will tell on that one!

The Unknown

I’m sure 2014 will be full of other goals that pop-up over the year and I’m sure you’ll have your own goals. Whatever your goals are I wish you all the best in 2014!

28 December, 2013 — Development, Tech

Should Web Designers Be Able To Code?

Over Christmas I was flicking around the internet one evening and stumbled across a blog post here, and after reading it, it got me thinking about events that have happened in my life that leads me to believe that Elliot’s tweet was absolutely correct.

(an old Tweet I know but still just as relevant I think)

If someone is calling themselves a “web designer” they should not only be able to design but have the ability to visually or physically be able to work through the build process for a project’s visual aspect. Thus knowing and getting to know the limitations some designs may have before the final design is signed off by the client, making them think thats what there getting. I can’t remember how many times I have been sent a flat Photoshop (psd) file that is both complex and near impossible to build with the time allocated and the clients budget. Where the designer can’t code and therefore has no reference for the technical abilities needed to achieve the finished design and look they are after.

Web Designers – Can’t or Won’t

As in Elliot’s post there is a clear line between designers who can’t code and those who won’t code. However I think this is somewhat miss leaving in his post as he refers to “can’t” as ‘choosing not to’ – so they can but choose not too – where as I think there are designers who can’t because they don’t know how and need to be taught but are willing to learn.

What’s the options?

So the question is, should people who are web designers be able to code what they see visually? Or maybe we should be designing in the browser from the word go, after all it is 2013 (nearly 2014). Leaving photoshop for what it was built for?

I would love to hear your views from both designers and developers below.

Photo by takorii

25 December, 2013 — Life

Merry Christmas!

I would just like to wish all my readers a very Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you are not all sick yet from all that chocolate and turkey!!

Happy Blogging for 2014!