Invisible Studio Redesign

Invisible Studio Redesign

21st June 2015  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

I've recently launched a shiny new update for Invisible Studio. The new website closely resembles the old, but features various improvements. These include visual tweaks throughout, a brand new portfolio page design, and a thorough tidying up of code to improve performance. Furthermore, the site has been greatly optimised for mobile - it's now fully responsive, meaning it looks great on any device of any size!

You can check out the new site now by visiting http://www.invisiblestudio.org.

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Open Source Facebook API Wrapper in Javascript

Open Source Facebook API Wrapper in Javascript

13th November 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

I've been using a simple jQuery wrapper framework for Facebook's Open Graph API for a few years now. It's something that I wrote, and has been improved upon over the past few years. It started off as just the basics, and has grown as the requirements have grown with various projects.

The general idea is that it takes all the pain out of using Facebook's javascript SDK - you just drop this file into your project, and all the most common requirements are there, ready and waiting to be used with just a few lines of code.

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Lacey Alexander Website

Lacey Alexander Website

26th October 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

I'm pleased to have recently designed and built a website for Lacey Alexander Design, a young Bath-based architectural design partnership run by two of my good friends from uni.

Building upon my seemingly ever-expanding experience creating sites for architects and designers, the Lacey Alexander site offers up a simple and elegant gallery of projects and services offered, whilst creating a strong brand identity through strong use of key colours.

Check out the site now at http://www.laceyalexander.co.uk

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There Is No Fold

There Is No Fold

9th August 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

The so-called "fold" has long been a hot topic of debate amongst web designers, developers and content editors. Well, forget what you may think you know - I'm here to tell you that there is no fold.

The general concept of the fold came from newspaper publishers, in order to distinguish between the headline content visible at the top of the paper, and the content on the lower section of the page, folded over and hidden away on a newspaper stand. It's important in print that the key content appears above this fold, and that headlines aren't cut off part way through, because they need to grab the attention of shoppers and passers-by.

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Taming the reCAPTCHA

Taming the reCAPTCHA

5th August 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

Google's reCAPTCHA is a brilliant free tool for stopping spam on your website, whilst simultaneously helping to digitise archived printed literature.

However, as you may have noticed, it doesn't scale down too well onto small mobile devices. Ok, it comes in at about 320px wide, so it will fit on screen as long as you don't have any padding around it. Of course, every single mobile site I build and use tends to have at least 10px of padding around the edges, meaning that the reCAPTCHA form suddenly becomes a little too wide and starts screwing up my layouts.

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Backwards Compatible HTML5 PushState using JavaScript

Backwards Compatible HTML5 PushState using JavaScript

31st July 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

I was recently building a new website that had to animate nicely between pages, rather than simply loading each page individually like a normal website. Obviously, the best solution to this is AJAX, whereby each page is dynamically loaded into the current window using javascript when it's required. This saves on loading unnecessary content, but allows you to animate the page however you want.

However, you immediately hit a few major issues, very similar to those that always plagued Flash-based websites. For starters, if you're loading content via AJAX then search engines can't crawl this content, as they won't execute javascript. Secondly, in the (increasingly rare) scenario that a user has javascript disabled, they won't be able to use your site either. And third, you don't get nice user-friendly URL's that allow people to share and link directly to specific pages on your site.

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Roaming Robots

Roaming Robots

22nd July 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

Robot Wars - a classic icon of British TV, and something that many of my generation grew up watching - is back with a brand new UK live tour!

Last year, I was really pleased to be a part of the show’s revival, having designed and built a shiny new website to promote the tour. It was far and away the most graphics-intensive site I’ve ever designed, but it was well worth all the hours spent working in Photoshop.

Now, I've just launched a new site for Robot Wars' parent company, Roaming Robots. The site maintains some resemblance to the Robot Wars site, but also radiates it's own contemporary personality.

You can check out the site now at http://www.roamingrobots.co.uk, and don't forget to visit the original Robot Wars website I built last year at http://www.robotwars.tv .
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Responsive Window Resize Detection with jQuery

Responsive Window Resize Detection with jQuery

19th July 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

When building responsive websites or apps, I pretty quickly found myself needing a quick and reliable way to detect screen size and fire off various functions whenever the browser window is resized or device orientation changes.

Over time, I've created and refined a handy jQuery function that does exactly this, storing the browser window dimensions and executing custom functions if either the width or height is changed, so I thought I'd share it here in case it can help anyone else!

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Hello World

Hello World

10th July 2014  -  by Alex Bimpson  -  0 Comments

Hello and welcome to Prrple! My all new, same old freelance design and development brand. Yep, it's got too many r's in the name, but it sounds just like "purple".

If you know me, you'll know that I've been undertaking freelance web design and development work for a long time now, previously under the brand "Freeze Frame Design." Not much has particularly changed, but I've wanted a shorter, sharper and more contemporary brand identity for a number of years now.

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