I see a lot of advice which recommends overriding Magento’s classes when you need to change a core file. Alan Storm recommends, and rightly so, that we should extend from Magento’s core classes when making changes as opposed to overriding them. To summarise Alan’s article the main reasons for this are to make the code [...]Read more
I’ve searched around for a clean solution for this and I kept on finding articles advising to just comment out the lines in the XML files. This is not ideal as I personally like to make my XML changes in a local.xml file. So here’s how I removed the standard footer links in Magento using [...]Read more
In December last year I left my full-time position to work for myself. I jumped ship and swam out into the ocean without looking back. I’ve been working for myself for a long time now but I’ve always worked in other agencies full-time and freelanced on the side. It was super-hard work, as anyone doing [...]Read more
I’ve always struggled a bit with setting file permissions correctly for my local WordPress test sites. It’s never been a problem on my remote server but locally it’s been a pain.Read more
How to move the layered navigation in Magento from the left column into the right column using your local.xml file, so that any changes do not get overwritten during any future upgrades.
I’ve been handed a layout to build for a Magento project which uses a 1-column layout for the catalog category view. Out-of-the-box Magento uses the 3-column layout. To change the default behaviour I added the following to my app/design/frontend/custom/default/layout/local.xml
I witnessed a conversation recently between Stephen Hay and Mark Boulton about tools, things like pattern libraries and Style Tiles. These are all awesome tools which help us designers create wonderful layouts more efficiently. This got me thinking about how these tools can distract us from design.Read more
My experience of downloading a trial version of the Photoshop Elements 12 app from the Adobe website went something like this:
Google search Photoshop Elements
Taken to Adobe site with info on Photoshop Elements, no link for trial
Google search for Photoshop Elements Trial
Taken to Adobe site with link, US version
Append URL to UK version
Click Download now button, [...]
Clients, for the most part, don’t want the designer’s personality to show through the work they produce; instead, they need design that is built around their needs and amplifies their organization’s values and aspirations. Designers need to gear themselves to think about their clients’ needs first.
This is very true, yet it’s hard for a lot [...]Read more
Bruce Lee, it seems, may have invented responsive web design many years before its time.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, [...]Read more