The Latest Web Development Tool… Bluetac

White Board Design Web Page Sketch

What’s the latest tool to hit web development?  Bluetac.  It might sound surprising but bluetac, scissors, post-it notes and a giant white board are the latest thing.  Cut-and-paste.  Literally.

Web development is expensive.  Bluetac and paper are cheap. It’s painful when you have to redesign a site because the customer has forgotten something.  Worse if it was your fault.  So why not make it easier for the both of you and do your re-designs on a giant white board.  It’s sure easier to sketch out a new page than write CSS.

I was working on a project that integrated a digital asset management system, a content management system and static web pages.  The complexity could be a real headache, a visual representation on a whiteboard is priceless.

At least, until someone invents the affordable, wall sized, touch sensitive screen.

Possibly The Worlds Most User Friendly DVD Menu

Simply Pain DVD Menu
Simply Pain DVD Menu

Working on a health education DVD project, armed with DVD Studio Pro, I set out to create possibly the worlds most user friendly DVD menu.

DVD menus are often built to be flashy and innovative. Unfortunately this is usually at the expense of usability. DVD menus are inherently unresponsive because each menu must be loaded as a video from the disc individually. Manufacturers disagree on which buttons to put on their remote controls and what to call them, and then there’s the possibility the DVD is being watched on a computer or games console. This all adds up to a usability nightmare.

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Web Design www.kayakproductions.com

www.kayakproductions.com web design
http://www.kayakproductions.com web design. a) Before b) After

Note:  This post refers to the 2008 website, it has been changed since.


I designed the www.kayakproductions.com website using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, HTML and CSS. In the process I make it more user friendly and google friendly. As a result it shot up the goolge rankings and received a boost in visitors.

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What If The Wii Fit Taught Maths? (3 min)

I have a masters degree (MSc) in making computers user friendly. This is a slightly embarrassing video I made demonstrating my masters degree project.

The project was a video game called Multi Dance that teaches children multiplication tables. It was designed to be foot controlled using a dance mat. The idea was to use technology and exercise to make learning fun. Maybe I was on to something because now Nintendo are doing similar things with Brain Training and the Wii Fit.

I made the video on my home PC with no budget, borrowing a camera from the university and using free editing software from the internet. Thankfully, since making this video I’ve learned professional film-making techniques like using a tripod, fading in music and not wearing national health service glasses.

Created as part MSc masters degree project in human-centred computer systems at Sussex University, tutored by Dr Judith Good.

Music by Dan Franks of the Freestyle Funk Collective