It’s All in the Edit – But Who’s Doing the Editing?

Liestal Fire Festival - The Riot Cut

“Auto-Awesome” or “Auto-Warzone”? Who’s editing what you see on the web?


Visualising UK Ministerial Lobbying & “Buddying” Over Eight Months

Barclays Ministerial Meetings

Back in January 2013, the Guardian published a piece about a scheme (entitled “buddying”) that granted access to the heart of government to various multinational companies. It seemed like lobbying on steroids, so I contacted one of the authors of …


How We Made the Ministerial Lobbying & “Buddying” Visualisation

A discussion of some of the techniques we used and the technical bits’n’pieces behind the visualisation of over 6,000 meetings between 100 UK government ministers and over 3,500 organisations.


Visually disruptive overlays AKA “those irritating pop-up things that seem to be everywhere nowadays”

Schwer sauer by Achim Hering

Visually disruptive overlays are the new pop-up. You know the things I mean – you’ve followed a link to what looks like an interesting article, but as soon as you load the page the content you actually want to see …


Accessible Scroll-triggered Modal Overlay using jQuery

(or “How to put a visually disruptive overlay in front of your users without annoying them so much they instantly leave your site”)

This is the techie companion post to our discussion on visually disruptive overlays AKA “those irritating pop-up …


Choosing a WordPress Plugin

I regularly contribute to the WordPress Experts group on LinkedIn and a topic that has been cropping up a lot of late is “how do I choose the right WordPress …


#thinkbeforeyoutweet

Social Media

Love it or hate it, social media is here and it is here to stay.  While living away from most of my friends and family Facebook gives me a way of feeling connected with those people who may not be …


Rich & Immersive 3D Experiences on Digital Devices. Coming Soon?

Rich 3D on Our Desktops, Mobiles and More
If we assume that Moore’s Law keeps on applying, it would seem safe to think that the digital devices that we use – desktop, phones, TV’s, even fridges – will become ever …


Online reviews, worth the paper they’re written on?

Internet Shopping

Today, this article on the BBC grabbed my eye. It’s about how the review site Yelp has admitted that a quarter of the reviews on its site could be fake. I’ve always found this interesting, because, long before …


3D or not 3D

3D computer

Today Skype has revealed that it is developing 3D technology for use in its calling system. The company says that the aim is to allow video conferencing for people who work at home.

Anyone else horrified?

We here at Refined Practice …


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