Web Design, Web development

Having fun in Infinitown

Do you enjoy WebGL tech demos? Imagine a little town with perfectly square city blocks, a park, a coffee shop, a factory, a gas station and cute little homes. Cars and trucks are driving through the streets, but as you navigate through the town, you realize that there’s a twist: no matter where you go, you’ll never reach the town limit.

Infinitown is a WebGL concept made by the team at Little Workshop. It’s an attempt to create a city that is alive and fun to watch.

How it was done: Little Workshop generated a finite grid of random city blocks, then the viewpoint wraps around this grid, and thus makes it seem infinite.

Check it out here: Infinitown

Tools used: Three.js, Blender, and Unity

 

Information Architecture, Usability & Accessibility, Web Design, Web development

…ever?? Yes!

A lot of aspects add up to an inclusive web experience. Considerations that might not come to one’s mind in the first place — like the use of inclusive language or providing alternatives or descriptions for complex visualizations.Or, accessible considerations such as providing transcripts for audio content.

To get your site on the best track of becoming truly inclusive, the magical Heydon Pickering has put together an Inclusive Design Checklist. The biggest and most comprehensive one available. It includes items for accessibility, performance, device support, interoperability, and language.

Do check it out!

 

Gaming, Web development

jagex logoHappy Friday everyone! What better way to start the weekend than looking for a talented website developer to join my team here in Cambridge! 🙂

Jagex Ltd, the UK’s leading independent Online Games Studio, is looking for a talented Senior Website Developer to join my team! We are currently going through an exciting phase, with multiple titles in development in addition to third party publishing opportunities, and as such we are looking to expand the Web Development team to cope with this increasing demand.

Working with industry standard web languages alongside our in-house technology, in close partnership with our team of designers and back-end programmers, you will be responsible for the development of the front end of our public-facing websites.

Key Duties Include:

  • Constructing high quality websites from supplied designs whilst utilising modern methods such as HTML5 & CSS3
  • Website usability, interactivity and application development using JavaScript
  • Working closely with our programming team to create interfaces to match existing site design
  • Maintaining and supporting current websites, products and applications
  • Management and mentoring of the website development team

Essential Requirements:

  • Standards compliant, accessible website coding in HTML/CSS by hand
  • Strong JavaScript skills, including experience of frameworks (preferably jQuery)
  • Able to demonstrate good functionality and usability through current online portfolios / sites (should be examples of work, not solely Flash based)
  • A good working knowledge of Photoshop CS
  • The ability to create and enhance user interfaces through the careful use of scripting
  • Emphasis on user friendly and accessible sites that work in all modern browsers
  • Experience managing a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience with very high-traffic, bandwidth optimised sites
  • Experience with Firebug, server side scripting (eg, PHP, ASP), CSS frameworks all beneficial
  • Degree level education in a relevant subject or commercial experience in the web dev sector
  • Editorial or writing experience
  • Portfolio of well-crafted commercial websites
  • Understanding of Thymeleaf or Freemarker
  • Understanding of Javascript MVC frameworks

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding developer, with commercial experience and a deep understanding of usability and end-user experience, to forge an exciting career within our hugely successful, world-leading games studio.

Apply now!

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Don’t know what life at Jagex is like? Have a look:

Once again, click here to apply 🙂

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Web Design, Web development

I am very pleased to announce that the new Visit York website has gone live today!

The website was designed by Our Agency in conjunction with Visit York and built by yours truly and Severine Vidal and is based on NVG‘s mobile modular CMS Pro. It features a host of new options and modules to maintain and update the site.

The site features some lovely  content and imagery, so it is definelty worth having a look!

 

And for Christmas:

Click here to visit www.visityork.org

Good times 🙂

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Web Design, Web development

My Devon iphone app iconWe have just released the My Devon app!

My Devon is a comprehensive guide to things to do, events, shopping, attractions, eating out and where to stay across North Devon and Exmoor. The data is fully cached on the phone so you don’t need a signal to use it.

My Devon allows you to plan a day out or see ‘what’s nearby’ when out and about. The search functionality allows you to:

  • Choose an area
  • Search near a town
  • Search near your current location
  • Drop a pin
  • Filter the data

Each entry describes the attraction with pictures, opening times and full contact details, and if you’re looking for accommodation it even allows you to book!

If that is not enough, you can also add places to your favourites, email places of interest to your friends, and a quick link shows directions from your current location by car or on foot.

Screenshot:

my devon iphone and ipad app screenshots

Currently displaying content for North Devon and Exmoor, My Devon will shortly be expanding to include Devon wide content which you automatically receive free on the app!

download icon Download the My Devon app here (it is free!)

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Technology, Web development

Show me Wales app iconWe have just launched the Show me Wales iPhone / iPad app!

Show Me Wales is a comprehensive tourist guide to Wales including full details of hundreds of attractions, activities, places to eat, towns & villages and places to stay. With plenty of ideas about great places to visit whatever your interests, this app will be an invaluable guide to Wales. The data is fully cached on the phone so you don’t need a signal to use it.

The app allows you to plan a trip to Wales or to find nearby entries when in Wales. The search functionality allows you to:

  • Choose an area
  • Search near a town
  • Search near your current location
  • Drop a pin
  • Filter the data to highlight specific interests

Each entry describes the attraction with pictures, opening times and full contact details, and if you’re looking for accommodation it even allows you to book!

If that is not enough, you can also add places to your favourites, email places of interest to your friends, and a quick link shows directions from your current location by car or on foot.

Screenshot:

ipad and ipone screenshot

 

Download the app (its free!)