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 …


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 …


Reusable D3: Book, Demo, Slides. And A Little on MVC

Reusable D3 Book

Finally, the D3 book is out, a book that focuses on how to write reusable D3 using a component and module based approach, and …


Have you gone mobile yet?

The Refined Practice Site on Mobile and Tablet

Internet traffic from mobile phones and tablets has risen by nearly 1500% in just five years. Has your site gone mobile yet?


More SVN Code Snippets: Adding All New Files, Deleting All Removed Files

As we have mentioned before, we use Subversion to manage our codebase. That includes our WordPress set up with all its preferred and custom plugins. So, what’s the best way to update a plugin when it’s in your Subversion …


SVN code snippet: Moving all unversioned files to a different location

We have recently been moving a lot of sites from some legacy servers onto the really rather fine Rackspace Cloud. Some of the sites are pretty big and sprawling, and a number of people have worked on them over …


What is caching and when should I use it?

Load and processing times for complex page with page caching

Paul attempts to demystify what page caching is (in the context of WordPress plugins like W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and Quick Cache) and if you should be using it.
I was involved in a …


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