Daniel Ran

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  1. A beginner’s guide to making images web-ready

    This is a step-by-step guide for beginners on choosing the right image and cropping and resizing it to be used on the web. It requires that you own Photoshop and have some basic understanding of how it works. Usually, this is where I’d waffle on a bit more about cursory topics and say something funny, but this time, let’s just get […]

  2. WordPress security essentials

    The more you work with WordPress, the more you learn about how people try to crack and abuse it. It’s sad that some people will always try to spoil our fun, and it tarnishes an otherwise great platform. That said, once something becomes so popular, it’s entirely expected that a lot of attention will be devoted to compromising its security. Luckily, protecting WordPress […]

  3. Pairing WordPress with Amazon’s CloudFront CDN

    Like everybody else on the planet, I’m very fond of stuff that just works. Many web developers, myself included, operate on the assumption that something will always break, and that makes it all the sweeter when it doesn’t. With the 2014 version of our company website, we decided to implement Amazon’s CloudFront CDN for all our static content. And, what […]

  4. Two (failed) attempts at being different

    Good marketing doesn’t sound like marketing. It allows the reader to make impressions rather than giving them out prepackaged. It also doesn’t boast or speak ill of other companies. One of the most prevalent phrases used by design agencies in their marketing material is, ‘a different kind of digital agency.’ Its absence in Avidmode’s case is already an indicator of […]

  5. The typefaces of London

    One need not walk far in London to discover typefaces both famous and historic. In fact, as it turns out, one need not even leave the immediate vicinity of London Bridge Station. It was a bleak day out in the City of London — the one-odd square mile that is home to the corporation which owns half the capital — and the […]

  6. The practices of web production, part 2

    We go through the individual practices involved in the making of a website. This post is the second of a two-part series on the practices of web production. Now that we’ve looked at our process of web production, it’s time to go through the individual pieces that make up the whole. Regardless of which industry we belong to, we’re all […]

  7. The practices of web production, part 1

    Each project has multiple phases, one of which is building the website. In the Internet’s infancy, web design was something done by a small group of early-adopters, experimenting with exciting new technology. Now, it is one of the dominant industries in the world, worth many billions of pounds a year.

  8. The what and why of responsive web design

    Responsive web design has been around in one form or another even since before the term was coined in 2010 but it’s only very recently that it’s become an indispensable practice for web designers. Smartphone and tablet usage is exploding and the internet plays a part in many of the things we do every day, big and small.

  9. A brief introduction

    I’ve spent the last two hours searching my mind for a topic to write on as my first contribution to the company website. Although I’ve blogged for several years, in one way or another, it hasn’t been like this.