The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Friday, 27 September 2013]

A fresh coat of paint

Nic gives the site a face lift and sings the praises of Bootstrap 3.

As the Chinese curse goes, these are interesting times in Web design.

The Web changes furiously fast, and sites start to look stale and dated in no time. This is both bad in that you can never stand still, and good in that the state of the art and the tools are constantly improving.

So, some time has passed since the last redesign and it was time to roll up my sleeves and take The Core Dump into if not the future then at least the present.

The goal was to make the site feel a little lighter, crank up the fonts a bit and above all to showcase images better—the “old” way of shadowboxing is starting to feel passé.

Prickly pear cactus
Here, have a random image of a prickly pear cactus.

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few years, you know the au courant thing is responsive design—making sites adapt to as many device sizes as possible, from tiny phones to huge desktops, without the kludginess and extra work of special mobile versions. (Browser sniffing, shudder.)

This is far from an easy task and involves giving up more control than Web designers are used to. As a Web designer, you’ve always had to accept a certain level of browser incompatibilities and stubborn user settings throwing spanners in the wheel of your vision, but depending on how much work you were willing to put in, you could still get pretty close to that Photoshop comp somebody threw over the wall.

But now, the comp can’t be much more than inspiration and guidance, and instead, intent becomes the key thing. How much branding do I need to carry over across devices? Which content is needed on which device? What is a visitor on a cell phone most likely to want to achieve?

Not only understanding this yourself, but also educating the person who gives you a check to build a site, can be, cough, challenging.

And of course the time needed for testing goes through the roof with the logarithmic explosion of options.

The good news is that we have an awesome new tool. Version 3 of Bootstrap is sheer magic. Magic, ah tells ya! Magic!

Rock solid, takes care of most browser incompatibilities, and provides all the most commonly used pieces needed to make a modern site.

I can’t praise it highly enough. If you build sites, Bootstrap makes things so much easier it almost feels like cheating.

« Never confuse movement with action


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle

“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism

Working in the pod mines

What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.

It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he already thinks he knows

Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

Book roundup, part 25

Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.