What Man City winning the league really means for English football

Manchester City

So, the greatest season ever of the Premier League is over and Manchester City have become only the 5th team in the country to lift the trophy. I guess when you look back, they do have the best team in the league and there are a few hundred million reasons why.

It’s easy to hate Manchester City right now, just like it was easy to hate Chelsea during their peak under Abramovich and it’s even easier to say that both teams effectively bought their league titles. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter.

For starters, I’m not even a Manchester United fan, I support Arsenal, so I’m eternally grateful that my team finished third after their worst start in decades. I’m definitely not bitter, I’m worried.

There’s only one team I want to win more than I do Arsenal and they wear three lions on their shirt and have gone longer than City without a trophy.

How hard is it to achieve ACA Accreditation?

ACA Certified

A few weeks ago I attended a course in Adobe Photoshop in an effort to achieve ACA accreditation. I was really looking forward to it because throughout 2011, I had already achieved accreditation from Google for AdWords and Hootsuite so to achieve a certificate from Adobe would rank highly along side them and display my breadth of knowledge for all things digital.

The course was great and although I’ve been using Photoshop for a number of years, there’s always some functions that I’ve never really understood and many intricacies that I may have taken for granted. 

Graffiti lessons with Andy Seize

Graffiti lessons - Andy Seize 3

I had wanted to have a go at graffiti for years so when I received a voucher for an hour’s graffiti lessons with a top London based artist, I donned my hoody, legged it down to Waterloo station and entered another world.

My tutor for the day was Andy Seize who runs graffiti lessons in a place known locally as ‘The Tunnel’. Having entered the tunnel from the behind the taxi rank, I descended the stair case slowly into an array of colour. This was urban London at it’s finest. The dimly lit tunnel gave way to a disused exit ramp and here were 10 budding art pupils ready to learn.

Cookie Control

The issue of Cookies on websites held within the EU will rise in importance in the first half of 2012. Most websites do not have a plan for the deadline of 26 May 2012 and that includes the ICO.

They are yet to advise organisations throughout the UK on how to combat this major issue that has been set in motion without much foresight into the implications.

Yes, companies do track usage of users but most of it is anonymous data. When companies do hold information about users, it tends to improve the user experience by offering personalised content.

The future for movies: Netflix

Netflix

Netflix hit the UK market in January 2012 and I eagerly signed up for the free one month’s trial. I was a bit more in the know than the usual consumer because I’d been watching the online streaming market with much anticipation.

Being 28, I am the perfect age for being continually exploited by Hollywood. I grew up watching what I feel was the golden age for films with epic stories like Back to the Future and as these films aged, so did the multitude of formats that I could consume them on.

Back to blogging with a new design

Responsive web design by Ethan Marcotte

It was definitely a major buzz word during 2011 and I had always planned to ‘get round to it’ but as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day, well probably when the haze lifted a few days later, I decided that 2012 would be the year I revolutionise my approach to web design.

I’d been getting tired of the same designs, tweaked and re hashed but based on the simple fundamental design rules.

Your search box must be above the fold.

Your logo must be top left.

It was time for something new, and time to think outside the box.

Google+ and referential integrity

So I have a personal Google account with a personal GMail address. I run most things via this account like contacting friends, using it as correspondence for banks etc…

When Google+ was announced, I signed up straight away and I was one of the few that understood when Google started deleting those fake accounts. I was one of the few that was frustrated that I was receiving follow suggestions for people in my address book, just because I had multiple email addresses for them but there are the principles of referential integrity.

One person, one record on the database.

Now even Adobe is killing Flash

The biggest story of last year was the Apple vs Adobe clash concerning Apple’s refusal to support Flash in iOS and therefore the iPad. Adobe responded with a satirical advertising campaign called We [heart] Apple but since then the arguments have died down.

As we all move towards mobile devices including tablets, the need for Flash is beginning to wane. Why should we create flash websites if we must also create an html version? In addition, why should we create flash elements for websites if we need to create a static substitute? The introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 with the inclusion of jQuery has also contributed to the demise of Flash.

Arne Bech produced some Flash vs HTML5 advert examples to see if the user could tell the difference between them. View the advert examples here and see if you can tell the difference.

Google Web Fonts updated

The updated version of Google Web Fonts was updated this week in what should go down as one of the defining projects of web design for many years.

The whole project has been rolling along for a while and has slowly been gathering pace but the announcement at Google I/O 2011 of the new online directory was one of the standout talks. David Wurtz (@davidwurtz), Raph Levien (@raphlinus) and Darren Glenister (@typedna) presented an amazing web based repository which makes ‘Font Book’ look like yesterday’s news.

They haven’t just improved on the old font directory. They’ve given designers and developers the ultimate tool in selecting the best font for your project.

Galipoli Again, what a treat

Galipoli again

As Friday evening draws nearer, plans for the weekend are laid out, more importantly though, where are we going to eat on Friday night?

Our bus route home travels the length of Upper Street in Islington, London and is lined with restaurants and bars from start to finish.

The many chain restaurants including Pizza Express, Strada and Carluccios eventually give out to the independent chains and that’s where the real fun starts.