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It Is Ok To Make Something For A One Off.

It Is Ok To Make Something For A One Off.

I have done a bit of web scraping lately both to automate some of the tasks I do regularly and some to get data for projects. I have learned one big thing from doing this it is ok to do something for a one off ... sometimes. There are times when working on scripts...

Word Clouds with Python.

Word Clouds with Python.

I have been using python for a while now and have used it for a number of different projects, but this one surprised me. Word clouds are something I have not used before. Then, I had the idea of using it for a project a while ago and struggled with finding a way to...

Motivation Via Data

Motivation Via Data

How to Use Data to Motivate.I have found myself not motivated to get up and out walking for a while now and know I need to do something about it. However,  even with this realization that I have not done anything about it for the last few weeks. So thought I would try...

Working With Typography. 101

Working With Typography. 101

We use words each day of our lives it is only when we use these same words on a screen that we think about how we display them. The ways you can play with typography are endless. You can go from the simply use of contrasting fonts for the body text and headings to the...

Adobe How To – Photoshop Part 2

Adobe How To – Photoshop Part 2

Carrying on from part 1 where I covered how to remove objects from images in multiple ways I am going to cover some more things that can help you out in Photoshop first up is one of the big things in Photoshop, that being masking. The 2 main ways to mask that I use...

Google Analytics… Why use it?

Google Analytics… Why use it?

Google Analytics I have been using Google Analytics for a while now mostly to look at the traffic on our site. Why I have been doing this is for a few reasons one of which is just to keep the team up-to-date with our top blogs. Why I do this and why it is important...

Adobe How To – Photoshop Part 1

Adobe How To – Photoshop Part 1

Much like Illustrator Photoshop is a great tool for design. Photoshop is not just for editing photos, but for working with images to create works of art for whatever project you happen to be working on. There are many great tools in Photoshop to help you in your...

Getting Past The Wall.

Getting Past The Wall.

Sometimes the hardest things about design work is not the design itself, but the countless hours where you are trying to think of what to even make. Sometimes it’s easy you sit at your desk and boom you are going. Other days you are sitting there coming up with ideas...

Learning Python

Learning Python

The time has arrived where I've needed to learn more Python for a project I'm working on.  Here, I share some resources, thoughts and tips in case you find yourself also needing to learn Python, too. Python is an interpreted object-oriented language. This means you...

Adobe How to – Illustrator

Adobe How to – Illustrator

Most Adobe programs have some things that are easy to do once you know how to do them, but if you don’t it’s not very intuitive so I thought I would do a list of things and tell or show you how to do them. Paste in place This is a very easy thing to do and can be very...

Git 101

Git 101

Git is an unbelievably useful tool for version control. It is used to keep a backup of your work that you can revert to if needed. Working with git you are able to make branches of your work. A branch is an independent line of development used when working on any new...

How to read and work with data in python

How to read and work with data in python

I've found that most of the tutorials for python data work are in videos.  While this can be good, it's not as easy to skim through for that one thing you are stuck on. So I thought I would cover some basics: how to read a csv and some simple data visualization. Read...

First Steps with PostgreSQL

First Steps with PostgreSQL

Most of my career I have spent in big organisations developing and maintaining enterprise-wide solutions. Therefore, so far I’ve mostly worked with MS SQL Server and only touched OracleDB a bit. But for a new, smaller project, I've uses PostgreSQL for the first time...

3 reasons why I like Python

3 reasons why I like Python

3 reasons why I enjoy coding with Python, and what I use it for (beginner)   I can’t be called a code monkey when compared to my colleagues, but recently I’ve found Python to be really helpful with some of my work tasks, so I signed up for a Udemy course to learn...