Getting started on a new web project

The hardest part of starting any project I’d say would be, well, starting it! You have your ideas of how the end product should look (the “B”) but sometimes, as often is the case with web projects, the “A” can be tricky enough before you can even consider getting well and truly under way.

I often resort to prototyping stuff on paper, purely because technology then cannot get in the way to distract your thought processes. Sketching out how the overall site shall look and then digging deeper into the idea to work out how each piece of the puzzle will work.

I don’t use tools like visio or any of its equivalents as they confuse me straight away and distract from the brainpower needed to do the coding. Pen and paper still wins for me. They are so portable and need no batteries!

Design is a crucial stage in any project and whilst you may be designing something of a technical nature, as I am at the moment, ironically it’s best to avoid using complex methods for system design.

Farnborough International Airshow 2010

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Farnborough Airshow was fantastic this year with something for everyone. The weather was great and enabled me to capture some great moments. These images have also been sent across to Alamy as part of their new News photography service that I’m proud to be a member of.

Thanks above all else to Louise and her colleagues at ADS who very kindly gave us complimentary tickets and thus a great view of the aerial displays.

My favourite shots can all be viewed via this Picasa gallery, just click on the image to take a look at them.

Trying new themes for www.nicklewis.net

Please forgive me, I am playing with some different templates for my site. I love this one for example and trying it out on the site right now. The Themes Foundry have some really good designs on offer.

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Retrospective: Nfolio best rated photos

Nfolio (an old project of mine) will soon see a new lease of life, well as soon as the project gets under way that is. This is the most highly rated photo on the old site. Nfolio attracted a number of great Icelandic photographers in it’s day. This is one reason why I would love to visit the country!