Why Is Simplicity Good?

Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.

– Jony Ive

(From Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson)

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WordPress Is Taking Over The Internet

I love going to the monthly Brisbane Web Design Meetups that are held at The Edge and I occasionally put my hand up to speak so that I can share information about projects I’ve been working on and to hopefully inspire and educate the attendees.

The theme for Novembers Meetup was ‘What I Learn in 2011′ so I volunteered to do a 5 minute lightning talk titled ‘WordPress Is Taking Over The Internet’. I hope you enjoy it!

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What is Design?

Design: The practical solution to a problem.

Mike Monteiro – Let’s Make Mistakes Podcast #23

In response to the the Obama campaign requesting designers to submit free work for the governments “Support American Jobs” campaign, Mike explains why design is so important.

If you define design as:

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TimThumb shoots, VaultPress saves!

Any of you who follow WordPress news sites or any WordPress geeks on Twitter will be well aware of the vulnerabilities that were found in the PHP image resizing script, TimThumb. TimThumb is being used in many free and premium WordPress themes so this vulnerability caused a bit of a stir around the place. I actually used the script on the current sennza WordPress theme because this theme was whipped up over 18 months ago very quickly and back then I hadn’t used WordPress inbuilt add_image_size which I’m using almost every day on clients sites these days.

Our blog uses VaultPress for backups and security and VaultPress were onto the vulnerability post haste. I’m often singing VaultPress’s praises on Twitter but I wanted to post on the record about just how amazing the VaultPress plugin and team are when it comes to backups and security! Read on to find out about yet another amazing VaultPress experience of mine!

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Why WordPress updates are a GOOD thing!

Every now and then we need to have a bit of a rant right? I know that it’s been proven to be healthy to release any negative energy in any format.

You could write a song, scream at the top of your lungs or blog about it…so I’m choosing the later! So it’s rant time in regards to WordPress updates and why they are a good thing! Because other CMS seem to think frequent updates are a bad thing…plus this rant will make me a healthier person cause I’ll release the negative energy and hopefully get my point across! :)

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Sennza gets naked for WordPress!

Warning: This post is gonna be stripped back and dirty. It’s an R18+ kind of post! It contains graphic nudity! If you can handle seeing WordPress 3.1 naked then read on…if you can’t then I’d suggest you search for a WordPress plugin that add’s clothes to this post! :)

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Sennza – 1 Year In

 

It’s hard to believe that Sennza as a business is only 12 months old. Whats even more exciting for me are the things that we have been able to accomplish in that small amount of time.

12 months ago I was writing about the reasons why we started Sennza, and all of those things still hold true.

I am a big advocate of celebrating the wins along the way, both the small and the big wins, so below is a list of what we have accomplished at Sennza in the last 12 months:

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5 Things People Don’t Say About Your Website

Warning! – You may find the following post humorous.

5. If only the font was a bit bigger!

Yes, It is great to be a perfectionist, and from time we too at Sennza can definitely fall into that category, but at the end of the day sometimes you need to step back and ask your self “Are people really going to care about that?”

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