Irishstu.com Blog http://www.irishstu.com/stublog A journal of web design and random postings by Stewart Curry, a Dublin based web guy currently working in digital publication with woop.ie Thu, 23 May 2013 09:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Responsive Book Covers http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/05/23/responsive-book-covers/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/05/23/responsive-book-covers/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 09:19:07 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2115

Books change us. Stories like Catcher in the Rye, On The Road or Neuromancer can send us on journeys both literal and metaphorical. Reading through these stories, we find out more about the characters, and sometimes more about ourselves. And yet, these stories sit on our virtual bookshelves, unchanged. Wouldn’t it be fun if they changed along with us?

A concept for responsive book covers

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5 Lessons Startups Can Learn From Star Trek: The Next Generation http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/05/09/5-lessons-startups-can-learn-from-star-trek-the-next-generation/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/05/09/5-lessons-startups-can-learn-from-star-trek-the-next-generation/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 14:29:27 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2098 1. Make It So

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In difficult situations, Picard listens to his officers and gets their advice, but ultimately he takes ownership of the decision and is a fearless leader. You should be like this too.

2. Riker’s Beard

ST: TNG really took off once Riker grew his beard and played the trombone more. You should make sure someone on your team has a beard, it’s how you tell a good startup. For the follicly challenged a gingham/plaid/checked (yes there is a difference) shirt will suffice.

3. Sit Like Riker

Riker sits like a BOSS and established dominance by doing the over-chair leg swing. Most startups have IKEA Aeron chair knock-offs which would result in a nasty accident if you attempted this. So maybe splay your legs uncomfortably wide or sit on a table or something instead.

4. Avoid The Holodeck

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Something always goes wrong on the holodeck. What is the holodeck? Projections. Don’t let *your* projections lead you astray! Nothing beats hard data (ed: giggity)

5. Shut Up Wesley!

If there’s someone super-smart on your team, you should just tell them to shut up. Nothing good will come from them.

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Guest Post on Ditching the Shoehorn: Designing Type that Works on ePubs, Mobi and the Web http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/03/26/guest-post-on-ditching-the-shoehorn-designing-type-that-works-on-epubs-mobi-and-the-web/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2013/03/26/guest-post-on-ditching-the-shoehorn-designing-type-that-works-on-epubs-mobi-and-the-web/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:29:27 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2095

As a huge fan of Typecast App I was honoured to be asked to submit a guest post on what I’ve learned about designing for the web and ereaders and tablets all at the same time – you can read it here “Ditching the Shoehorn: Designing Type that Works on ePubs, Mobi and the Web

Beautiful publications on many devices is what I’ve been working on the last year with Woop.ie so if the post piqued your interest do check us out!

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Homeland Jazz Albums http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/12/19/homeland-jazz-albums/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/12/19/homeland-jazz-albums/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:10:11 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2081 Homeland Album cover
Homeland Jazz Album cover

See them all

Via Elliot

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Advertising http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/10/18/advetising/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/10/18/advetising/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:43:13 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2074

Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.

Don Draper, Mad Men: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (S01,E01)

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Intro to Responsive Web Design http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/08/27/intro-to-responsive-web-design/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/08/27/intro-to-responsive-web-design/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:21:56 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2068

I wrote a guest post for my friends at Blacknight on an Introduction to Responsive Web Design – head over to read it!

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An Introduction to Sassy CSS http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/07/19/%ef%bf%bcan-introduction-to-sassy-css/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/07/19/%ef%bf%bcan-introduction-to-sassy-css/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:58:37 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2066

I gave this talk at Refresh Dublin about Sass and CSS.

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Idea Podcast http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/07/17/idea-podcast/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/07/17/idea-podcast/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:07:34 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2062 Our magazine, Idea, has a podcast!

Brian Suda is a Master Informatician based in Iceland working on Upplýsingamiðlun, or data visualisations. He’s the author of Designing with Data, which is an introduction to those who have to create charts and graphs for a living, but could be doing it better.

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3 Years http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/06/06/3-years/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/06/06/3-years/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:38:08 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2058

On an incredibly rainy day three years ago I married my best friend.

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Cookie Policy Update http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/05/31/cookie-policy-update/ http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/2012/05/31/cookie-policy-update/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 15:58:57 +0000 http://www.irishstu.com/stublog/?p=2055

If you don’t like cookies, turn them off. What am I, your mother?

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