It is almost predictable that I’d give my next Pants Award to Lana of I’d already briefly touched upon the fact that she is redistributing my skinning code from tutorialtastic without permission (that means stealing, boys and girls) except with all the stuff going on at the moment I didn’t have time to follow… read more →

I Could Never Be a Designer

I’m sat in today, waiting for the plumber to come and fix the hot tap in the bathroom. Instead of doing something constructive like tackling my ridiculous to-do list I’m fiddling with a design I started last night and wondering how I ever manage to finish these things. I could never be a graphic designer…… read more →

Online Shopping Hell

I know that when I rant about web standards and usability I am usually called a fun-spoiler or told that I think too much, but there are reasons for my annoyance at people’s disregard for compliance and any sort of basic testing and that’s because — despite being a developer; far above that even —… read more →

Dumbass Alert

I’d like to bring your attention to Dustin of This scummy little specimen is one of those particularly annoying web thieves; almost worthy of a Pants Award except I can’t be arsed to give one out. This little fool is particularly notable in that he’s ballsy, oh yes. Dustin’s header image is badly cropped… read more →

CSS: Using the Cascade

Some of the biggest benefits of CSS include the space, time and bandwidth it can save you. Except that most web enthusiasts and developers — roughly familiar with the reasoning behind CSS — don’t actually bother to look into it properly so they end up bloating their stylesheets with unnecessary crap, thus defeating the point… read more →


It wasn’t the particularly crappy layout, the mismatched colour scheme or the tiny text that convinced me to give “c a n d i – c o d e d [ dot ] c o m” a Pants Award. It wasn’t even the teeny-bopper cliché spaces in the title. No, it was the ‘four reasons… read more →


Note: has since changed ownership. The content of this post is in no way aimed at the new owner, Dan. The post will remain live purely to avoid a broken link. The biggest problem with acting like a wanker on the Internet is that there’s always a bigger wanker (me) out there prepared to… read more →

A C.R.A.P. Design

When I read up on C.R.A.P. last month — I admit — I was hoping it would turn me into an amazing designer overnight. Of course, we all know that this is an impossible feat and you can’t reverse several years of bad design habits with one book. However, it did at least make me… read more →


No, I’m not being rude and I’m not swearing at you… I’ve just finished reading a book (The Non-Designers Design Book — Robin Williams) and have learnt that “CRAP” is the best way of remembering the four basic design principles: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. I make no secret of the fact that I don’t… read more →