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So you want to work in the web?

[So you want to work in the web?](http://www.workintheweb.com/) is a 3-day intensive workshop, run by [Mixd](http://www.mixd.co.uk/), for students who want to learn about the real web industry. We’re going to cover a range of subjects that we feel are crucial to working in the web, but aren’t often found in formal education programmes – things like version control with _Git_, _CSS pre-processing_ (with Sass), and _Responsive Web Design_. The workshop will have very limited places, and students can [apply for a place](http://www.workintheweb.com/#apply) from today. We also want to go beyond educating students, and introduce them into the culture and atmosphere of our industry. We've teamed up with [STAC.](http://wearestac.com/) to create a special month of their [Hey!Stac](http://hey.wearestac.com/) meet-up. As well as interesting mini-talks (including one from me!), you'll be able to mingle with those already working in the industry. It's a great opportunity to meet new people. The event is **free** for anyone in the UK that's in full-time education. **Pre-event: Tuesday 28th January (The Faversham, Leeds)** **Workshop: Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st January (Mixd Offices, Harrogate)** #### Our sponsors: * [Campaign Monitor](http://www.campaignmonitor.com/) * [GitHub](https://github.com/) * [Smashing Magazine](http://www.smashingmagazine.com/) * [A Book Apart](http://www.abookapart.com/) * [STAC](http://wearestac.com/) * [Five Simple Steps](http://www.fivesimplesteps.com/) * [Viewport Industries](http://viewportindustries.com/digest)


The '6 minute block'

Last week I got chatting to a friend of mine, and once the we’d exhausted talk of sci-fi, zombies and video games, we inevitably started talking about work. He’s one of my few friends who doesn’t work in the web, he’s a lawyer at a pretty big firm in Manchester. We started talking about time tracking, and as he began telling me how their law firm tracked day-to-day tasks; I started to wonder whether anything this was transferable to our industry.


Adaptive ≠ Responsive

I got so sick and tired of seeing designer and developers getting mixed up between adaptive and responsive that I wrote this post. I hope it highlights the major difference between the two, as well as pointing out that adaptive isn't all it's cracked up to be.



I like the idea of [style tiles](http://styletil.es/), but as an early deliverable for a __website__, I'm not sold on the end-product. To hand over a file - usually a JPG or a PDF - for a website just seems weird to me. So I've created this thing, __[styleSRC](http://thecodezombie.co.uk/styleSRC/)__ You can read more about it, and fork it, on [GitHub](https://github.com/thecodezombie/styleSRC)


A Crash Course in RWD

After running a RWD Workshop for [New Media](http://newmedia.leeds.ac.uk/) at The University of Leeds with [Mixd](http://www.mixd.co.uk/), it felt necessary to do a write-up / 'crash course' to summarise the things we covered. We found that responsive web design isn't something you can't just teach in 2 hours. RWD is quite a shake-up to the workflow and quite a change in mind-set; the best you can hope for is that what you've covered is interesting enough for it to sink in and that they'll read into it further.


Dated Social Branding / Icons

Seeing people using dated social icons bugs me...it's silly, I know, but it does. To me it just feels lazy on the developer / creative's part...it takes two minutes to skim through the resources sections of the major sites. News of a "new brand" for X gets plastered every where for hours after it's announced...so it's not a secret. So come on, it might feel like you're selling your soul when you slap social icons on your work, but let's at least keep on top of the branding. I'm posting this to Forrst because it is by far the worst offender. I cannot count the amount of times I've said *"the lowercase t isn't Twitter's brand, it's the bird"*...it's likely you're reading this post because I've said this to you.


A Review of CSS Preprocessors

After using SASS for a good 10 or so weeks, I wanted to write a post quickly pointing out some of the features that I've found useful and describe how I've used them in my projects. I hope it helps any Forrsters who have yet to look into preprocessors, or are just starting out with them. Note: I've purposely not included any code, but there's links to relevant documentation throughout


Predictions for 2012 (June - November)

I've decided to start writing bi-annual articles to predict what will happen in the web industry in the next 6 months *. Have a read, but a quick summary would be: A spike in responsive websites Page size decreases (for some) Font Scaling for Desktop Dramatic decline in usage of IE 6 & 7 A rebuttal to the EU Cookie Law Let me know what you think. Also, I'd be interested in hearing other people's predictions for the next 6 months. * I'm aware of of others that do prediction articles, but it usually happens on a end-of-year basis. I want mine to be more frequent and spark some discussion