Barbara Rudlin

Barbara Rudlin

I have been working in IT since the early 90's and have held just about every IT related job there is from Helpdesk, Developer, Busines Analyst, Application Tester to Project Management. I run my own web consultancy company Fiery Phoenix and provide all manner of internet based services to clients around the world. I love to blog, tweet and play with my kids which just proove that I am a child at heart.
Monday, 22 February 2010 21:11

Colours in Web Design - Blue

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Just why do we respond in the same way to certain colours?  This is not entirely due to exposure to their use in familiar ways, some part comes from deep inside and a large part of this is what is taught to us as children about the meaning of colour.

This is the second in the series of articles looking at the meaning and emotion behind some of the more widely used colours from the vast array available at designers’ fingertips.

Thursday, 18 February 2010 14:01

Colours in Web Design - Red

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Just why do we respond in the same way to certain colours? This is not entirely due to exposure to their use in familiar ways, some part comes from deep inside and a large part of this is what is taught to us as children about the meaning of colour.

 

This is the first in a series of articles looking at the meaning and emotion behind some of the more widely used colours from the vast array available at designers’ fingertips.

Monday, 08 February 2010 23:13

Joomla Template Semantics

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When a designer creates a Joomla template there are various elements involved. The main elements include the graphics of the site, how the various elements link together, the typography available, alternate colour schemes and, in the case of Joomla based templates, there are also the many modules and their positions to be taken into account.

As a designer I like to have a large variety of module locations available to me, however there are times when the sheer volume of modules makes naming them very tricky.

Thursday, 04 February 2010 07:27

9 Handy organisation tools for freelancers

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When running your own design business there are many business skills required over and above the ability to create beautiful work.  Keeping clients up to date with progress, informing co-workers of any alterations to their work, invoicing clients etc.  For many designers or arty types the day-to-day running of a project or their office in general is their weakest skill.

 

{jb_quote}This weakness will become more apparent the more successful a freelancer becomes and the more projects they work at the same time.{/jb_quote}
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:04

Can you have too many module positions?

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As a developer I say clearly and loudly no! However when I first began my journey into Joomla territory a Joomla template with lots of module positions was quite frankly terrifying.

 

The thought of creating a template from scratch was intimidating; yet looking at the templates available the thought of implementing some of them was a truly daunting prospect.  Unless you are working with a thoughtful template designer, who provides a screen shot of module positions and a run through of included typography etc, then a complex template will be a nightmare to implement.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 20:54

What is the JED? A beginners guide.

jedOn several Joomla related forums you will often see people suggesting ‘check with JED?’ ‘ Have you tried JED?’ as the answer to a query.  Just who is this JED character and how did he become a Joomla oracle?

Sad to say JED is not a person that has amassed a great store of Joomla related knowledge.  The term relates to the magnificent Joomla Extensions Directory.  This is a database maintained by the Joomla developers of all components, plugins and modules available for use with the Joomla platform.

 

I will cover the differences between components, modules and plugins in another article but for now these are the little (and not so little) pieces of extra coding that you can bolt onto a base Joomla installation to give added functionality to your projects.  If you need it then chances are that someone has already coded a solution.  A few of the better known joomla extensions are Community Builder, Jom Social, JCE and Virtuemart, but this year we have seen some interesting developments in the form of new content extensions (content construction kits) such as K2 and FlexiContent which are proving to be very popular and amassing a strong supporter base.