A Fine Responsive Design Demo

Well on it’s way to becoming a trendy buzzword, “Responsive Design” means very different things to different people. An obvious statement, sure, but a designer/developer*, replete from months or years of reading, experimenting, and struggling with the difficulties of implementation has a very different understanding of the term than a busy, harried small-business owner wanting to upgrade their 5-year old brochure-type Website¬† so it looks good on a phone, and the different perspectives will require some effort to consolidate if the developer and the client hope to work to their mutual benefit. .

Brad Frost has come to help.

He has build a sweet, simple responsive demo-site, very useful for showing to a client (the busy, harries, small business owner of the first paragraph) what we developers mean when we say “responsive”, and by extension, to show that “responsive”, at least to a Web-developer, has a more restricted meaning than “works good on a phone.”

The demo is best used (of course in my opinion) with a full-sized browser which you can then gradually shrink to demonstrate the layout changes that occur at different breakpoints.

* I’m not certain there’ such a thing as a designer/developer in the Web domain anymore. Both are hard and require a lot of time to stay sharp, and it’s not easy to see how someone can do both well. I could be discussing my own limitations.

Being Good To Long-Term Clients

Shane Pealman tells us to¬† “Marry Your Clients” over at A List Apart. While I’m not likely to duplicate some of his techniques (I don’t see a roof-top BBQ in my future), I certainly agree with his general advice to explicitly nurture our long-term clients to the same sense of purpose with which we pursue new clients.

One specific suggestion he makes that I really like is to schedule some weekly time to reflect on how best to maintain, or improve, your existing relationships, and then to follow up with action.

Help for Paypal Developers

PayPal is awful. Good for users, both buyers and sellers, but awful for developers, with poor and often contradictory documentation, a sandbox feature that often doesn’t work at all like the live service…I could go on, but the difficulties have caused me to (fruitlessly) search high and low for an alternative.

Now, Smashing Magazine has published a piece by Eran Galperin, Getting Started With The PayPal API, which doesn’t make it easy but at least provides a credible road map.