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AWS Javascript Node

Getting WebSockets working with Node, and Elastic Beanstalk

This is something that took me nearly a year to get working. Not full time obviously, but every now and then I would make another attempt at getting it working after the trauma of the previous attempt had faded. None of the examples that people had provided worked for me, and some were out dated […]

September 27, 2017


Sorting strings with JS (properly)

It seems like such a basic task – how to sort a list of strings alphabetically. The easiest way, and what you’d probably stumble across first, is a simple sort function:

September 22, 2017


Using ES6 template strings to generate unique strings

The following technique is something that I found template strings in ES6 to be quite useful for. I needed to generate XML chunks (as a string) where each node had a unique ID every time the XML was generated. Most examples of template strings I see around the web just use simple variables inside template […]

September 13, 2016

Experiments Javascript VR

Using Cardboard Camera and A-Frame to create a simple WebVR scene

I have been playing around with VR a bit lately after getting a new Android phone (Nexus 6P), and I thought I’d share a simple experiment I did using Google’s Cardboard Camera app, and the WebVR library A-Frame. The result of this will be a simple WebVR scene that displays the photo captured from Cardboard […]

February 5, 2016

HTML Interactive Javascript

Paint stencilling with HTML5 canvas

I have recently been playing around with re-writing my Spray paint stencils in Flash using JavaScript and HTML5’s canvas element. One thing I discovered is that since SVGs are natively supported in browsers I can have stencils scaled to any size and remain crisp, unlike the Flash version which used transparent PNGs. I have implemented […]

October 28, 2015

Inspiration Interactive iOS Motion UI Video

Inspiring Inspiration #16

A collection of cool video, motion graphics and interface design.

October 20, 2015

Javascript Web Development

Automatic typography substitution

After reading the series of Death to Typewriters articles on Meduim, I decided to have a go at implementing their automatic character substition rules in JavaScript. Following the guide provided at Death to Typewriters: Automatic replacement and clean-up, I created a simple function that can be called as you type, or when text is pasted, […]

March 4, 2015

Web Development

New website for Nemen Visual

I have just launched a new website for Nemen Visual. The new site is a big departure from the old site which I created over 3 years ago. I took the redesign as an opportunity to explore some new techniques and modernise it a bit.

March 2, 2015

CSS Experiments HTML Interactive iOS Javascript UI

Recreating the Apple Watch UI using a hexagonal grid

Building on the hexagonal grid from earlier, I have added a little JavaScript and have created an effect similar to the Apple Watch home screen UI. Below is a video of it in action, I am using IE11 (metro version) on a Surface Pro 2 which I found to be the most performant for this […]

February 28, 2015

Javascript Storyline

Triggering a ‘finish’ event on an external video with Storyline HTML5

If you have at some point needed to use Articulate Storyline – you have probably come to a point where you want to murder everyone around you (not literally of course!) due to its ridiculous, quirky limitations. More often than not I find myself hacking the published code to make things works how I want. […]

February 18, 2015

CSS HTML UI Web Development

CSS Diamond grid

Following on from the last post I decided to play a bit more with the hexagonal grid and created a diamond grid. It works similar to the last grid except it uses squares rotated 45 degrees, so it is basically a regular grid tipped on its side with even-odd number alternating rows. Here is a […]

February 14, 2015

CSS HTML UI Web Development

CSS Hexagonal packed grid

Most grids are square packed – that is each cell is stacked like a block which is great, but if you are after something slightly different maybe you should try a hexagonally packed grid. I will show you how to create a hexagonally packed grid using only CSS. But first, here is the difference between […]

February 13, 2015