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Articles by Benjie Moss

Today, Microsoft will be launching Windows 8, the biggest redesign of its flagship product in nearly two decades; making October 25th 2012 a pivotal moment, not just for the world's largest software manufacturer, but for the tech industry...
Since the launch of Google's Penguin update in April, sites that rely on black-hat link building including purchased links and link exchanges, have had their page ranking penalized. The question has been, exactly how is Google deciding if...
Now that the dust has begun to settle on Mozilla's go-stop-go launch for Firefox 16, the company is able to turn its full attention to the next release; Firefox 17. Mozilla's adoption of the rapid release program means that when Firefox 16 was...
If there is an issue more likely than the fold, to cause web designers to draw battle lines and pick sides, we're yet to hear of it. The fold is a concept derived from print design, specifically broadsheet newspaper design. Newspapers have a literal...
Mozilla's Firefox has been slowly losing market share since its peak in mid-2009. Prior to the establishment of Google's Chrome, Firefox was the only real alternative to the much despised Internet Explorer. Its market share has been radically...
What is the fascination with clouds? Ever since the first iPhone brought a weather app to our pockets designers have been drawing them. Perhaps it's because, as British diplomats were taught in the nineteenth century, the weather is the only...
Creep up behind the nearest SEO specialist and whisper "Penguin!" in their ear. Now watch as they cough, splutter and start to turn grey. Why? Well, like a horror film villain, Google's Penguin has refused to die; it's back and this time it's...
For too long we've been trapped behind our desks, starved of human contact, linked only by the chirps of a push alert, comforted only by the soft vibration of a cell phone. Perhaps it's time to shut down the machine, open the blinds, step out into...
The one ECMAScript it's still okay to like, JavaScript has in recent years shrugged off its 'under-powered', 'bloated' and 'incomplete' labels and grown into the universal go-to solution for front-end scripting. Go to your drawer and pull...
We're all familiar with the parable of the ugly duckling; spurned by its peers for being too ugly, it is miserable throughout the winter, only to discover in the following spring that it is in fact a swan. The moral of the story being that it's what's...
/ / Oct 4, 2012
Facebook is a stupid name for a social media site. Facebook: a book of faces; a directory of the cool kids; an elitist tome to which most of us, with our thick-rimmed glasses, obscure music taste and high school hangups will never be invited. Facebook...
Yesterday, Adobe used the keynote slot of their 'Create the Web' event in San Francisco to preview what they hope, will be the next generation of tools that you and I use to build the web. For those of us not lucky enough to be in the hall with them,...
It's hard to identify universally accepted rules in web design, but if there is one that the whole community agrees upon, it's that you should always separate your content from its style. On almost every webpage, data is output as HTML and style...
The relationship between text and the rest of a page is one of the key characteristics of any design. Rhythm, emphasis and tone are all compromised without correctly scaled type. However, selecting text sizes is often both a painstaking and...