Postbureaucrat

Personal blogging by Steph Gray, founder of Helpful Digital and erstwhile bureaucrat

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24tips: nicer fonts on the web

December 8, 2010

8 Dec: My first Mac had a black and white screen, 1MB of memory and had to be started from a floppy disk. But it had a wonderful library of fonts, from the serious to the wacky and creating posters or flyers was a dream – driven in no small measure by Steve Jobs’ personal…

24tips: beyond websafe colours

December 7, 2010

7 Dec: Back in the day, websites needed to work on 800×600 screens and use only one of the 216 officially-sanctioned ‘web safe’ colours only. Bless. Now, we can use colour properly, creating sites which are appealing, on-brand and accessible. Here are some of my favourite tools: Digital Color Meter is, apparently, bundled with Mac…

24tips: Twitter lists by RSS

December 5, 2010

5 Dec: Now, this is a bit niche, but actually rather handy. Say you want to group together a bunch of people on Twitter and view their tweets as a group – you set up a List, right? But what if you want to load that list into a dashboard or feedreader, or generate a…

24tips: annotating a web site

December 4, 2010

4 Dec: Need to discuss website layout tweaks or pet hates with someone you don’t sit next to? Here’s a nice, no-nonsense little app: MarkUp MarkUp gives you a little bookmarklet to drag your browser bar which, when clicked, opens up a little toolbar on whatever site you happen to be on. You can draw…