This week we spoke with designer and co-host of the Deeply Graphic Design CastMikelle Morrison about the sometimes tricky subject of designers and developers working together. Mikelle gives lots of insight into what developers and designers can do to cooperate successfully without too much drama.
We didn’t have an official Toolstar this week, but Mikelle and Ben talked about how much they liked Sketch (I’m a Windows user so I sat in the corner).
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist was ‘Eden Liquindi 2’ by the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. I really like it, but Ben might need a bit of time to make friends with it perhaps.
This episode we’re pleased to welcome back Mark Wilkinson, first interviewed in Episode 29. We quiz Mark about his leap from ‘sole-trading freelancer’ to the founder of Limited company ‘Highrise Digital’. Mark W provides lots of useful information for anyone considering a similar move: financial matters, VAT, partnering up, and employees.
Mark W’s picked the Toolstar, and chose QuickCast, a simple to use screencasting app, providing easy recording, publishing and sharing.
For the Relative Paths Playlist, my submission is ‘Eating Hooks’ (instrumental) by Moderat. It comes from the instrumental version of their 2016 Album ‘III’.
This episode we tackle HTTPS. What it is, what’s changed over the years, and why you should be using it now. We also touch on HTTP/2 where relevant and talk about some ways to make the jump to HTTPS if you’ve not done so already. We reference info from a lot of sites, links are down below.
Mark’s Toolstar is Why No Padlock, a web service for easily and quickly identifying insecure site content that might prohibit a browser from displaying a ‘secure’ padlock symbol in the address bar.
My track for the Relative Paths Playlist is the Dave Morley remix of ‘Kinetic’ by Golden Girls. Apollo Records, 1993. It’s cheesy and long. Sorry…
Mark’s track is ‘Decisions’ by Taylor McFerrin feat. Emily King, from the 2014 collaborative album ‘Early Riser’. This one’s going on our Alt playlist.
We had a recording go bad a little while ago and ended up losing a potentially very good episode and wasting a guests time. So this week we talked about what happened and what to do when things go wrong. It’s all fixed now though! We also talk a bit more about PC vs Mac and my second thoughts about making the switch, and limited edition Muse CD’s.
Our Toolstar and sponsor this week is Loopback, cable free audio routing by Rogue Amoeba. Loopback gives you the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer! We use it to manage recording guest interview episodes with VoIP.
This episode we are supposed to be talking about personal websites… we don’t really. What we DO do (dodo! wahaha!) is go off-topic, then take a diversion from the off-topic which brings us neatly to an aside and the end of the show. Great. Please don’t leave us…
I talk about WordPress specific hosting and plug Manchester based 34SP.
Mark likes his new Siteground hosting and extolls some of its virtues.
We have no Jukebox, we thought it was too long. I’m so sorry *tears*. But the Alternative Jukebox and original Jukebox are still worth a listen.
We’re back after another pretty long break with an episode about the little details that make life as a webby type bearable.
Mark introduces us to ‘Input’, a font system for coders from Font Bureau.
There’s also an update on the status of Sublime Text.
Two new tracks for the Alternative Jukebox:
My pick is ‘Japanese Electronics’ by Commix, from the 2007 album ‘Call to Mind’.
Mark’s choice is ‘You’ from Gold Panda’s 2010 album ‘Lucky Shiner’.
The original Jukebox is also on Spotify
Mark’s pic for the new Alternative Jukebox is ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk’s 1981 album of the same name. I revel in being allowed Lyrics with Little Dragon’s ‘Ritual Union’ from their 2011 album, also called ‘Ritual Union’.
Both tracks are on The Alt Relative Paths Playlist.
After a long, accidental break due to illness and busy, we’re back… and we don’t have a theme or subject!
Alas there’s no ToolStar this episode, but we DO introduce a new playlist. For a while we’ve wanted to include certain tracks that maybe have lyrics, or aren’t necessarily good to work to, and now we have a place for them: The Alt Relative Paths Playlist.
– ‘Rusty Nails’ by Moderat is my first submission.
– ‘Aminals’ by Baths is Mark’s suggestion.
This episode is a follow-up to Episode 16, where we talked to Ken about what he needed in a Photography website before Mark built him one. This episode is the post-mortem where Mark gets to find out what Ken thinks about the results!
Our jukebox picks are:
– Ken: ‘Amature Cartographer’ from the Monument Valley soundtrack.
– Ben: ‘Banstyle / Sappys Curry’ by Underworld.
– Mark: ‘Touch Tone’ by I am Robot and Proud.
Tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.