Daniel Ran

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  1. A look at the current edge of web development; the Re3 Node.js stack

    Although we work mostly with WordPress here at Avidmode, we also develop for Node.js from time to time (i.e. at any given opportunity). Lately, we’ve really been digging into the Re3 stack, so let’s talk about that and how it compares to the old PHP/MySQL combo. Node.js Whilst JavaScript runs in every browser, each has its own engine responsible for doing […]

  2. Is WordPress the “cheap” option?

    At Avidmode, we’ve used WordPress for several years. It’s been very good for us, and we’re never worried about using it for client websites. It has quite literally never been an issue. However, outside our company, WordPress has a varied reputation. It’s often referred to as the “cheap” option. It’s not my intention to launch into some rant about this […]

  3. The mysterious case of the magic business cards

    All companies have business cards. Well, most of them do, anyway. Avidmode does. But we recently ran out. So, what could we do but order some new ones? That’s where it all began…

  4. Are we starting to see the end of unencrypted HTTP?

    A little less than a year ago, Mozilla announced that they will be deprecating “non-secure” HTTP. The response was unending flattery and congratulations for pioneering online security and privacy, hailing the coming of a completely encrypted web. No, I know. Of course it wasn’t. It was a still burning shitstorm of insults, death threats and endless repetitions of the word “boycott”. […]

  5. The 2016 rebranding of Avidmode

    It is a grand mystery of our time to question, “do people change?”, and despite the very real and honest discrepancies from one day to the next, it’s easy to think that what we see is just the same core manifesting itself in different ways. In other words, am I different or am I just behaving in different ways? (I […]

  6. Is Twitter actually broken?

    Although we may not think about it all that much, posting written messages on the internet is very different from the kind of communication we’ve engaged in throughout almost the entirety of our evolution as a species. Never before have we had practically infinite permanence available for even the most banal thoughts we can muster. I think the greatest irony […]

  7. Client satisfaction as a service

    In a lot of ways, client satisfaction can be seen as a service in and of itself. It won’t be noticed by the end users of the product, be it a website or a marketing campaign, but making the client happy isn’t something that happens on its own. You have to work on it. It takes skill, talent and experience […]

  8. Open source and the going rate of igloos

    Let’s say there’s a village. An eskimo village. Because of its size, it has two aspiring igloo construction companies, both run by blokes in their late twenties. Let’s call them West Igloos and East Igloos, respectively. Now, for the longest time, the going rate of an igloo has remained the same and both companies have charged equal prices. There’s no […]

  9. A conversation about colours

    An early memory I have in my career as a designer is that of a client asking me to use gold in their branding because said colour evoked wisdom. I entertained the notion for a moment and thought of famous brands which use some variant of yellow in their logo. McDonald’s and IMDb came to mind, so did Shell and […]