Karl Monaghan

I Know You Don’t Normally Do This…A Look at One of Ireland’s Most Popular Websites

They have the traffic but sometimes the reason eludes them. With 13 million visits over the last year, the satirical Irish website Broadsheet.ie is one of Ireland’s most popular. But telling which articles will be popular can be a challenge. And, now in its fourth year, Broadsheet is still growing. Visits were up over 30…

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From PIIGS to 80s Tech: Inspiration Insights From a Designer

It’s one thing to hand out business cards before a talk to a lecture theater full of strangers. But it’s a brave man who hands out his iPhone too because it has Layar, an augmented reality app, that can read the back of the card. Luckily for designer, David Pope, he was dealing with an…

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A Sassy Way to Clean Up CSS

When a consultant finds efficiency, it’s just another feather in his cap. When a web developer finds it, it heralds the end of a giant pain in the ass. And so it was with Stewart Curry, this month’s speaker at Refresh Dublin (@RefreshDublin). Introducing the web development tool, Sass, Curry (@irishstu) described his role for…

Martha Rotter

New Tech is Great but “Beware the Shiny”

Despite the onslaught of new technologies, there is no need to become overwhelmed or spread too thinly. Martha Rotter explains how.

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We’ll All Suffer a Disability Someday

There is close to a 100 percent chance that we will all suffer from some sort of disability in our lifetime, said Tady Walsh. It could be a broken bone, or failing sight or hearing as we age. So website designers need to factor this in. “It’s not a responsibility to someone else, but a…

How Not to Handle Crowdsourcing

If you are going to engage in crowdsourcing or social design, make sure you follow etiquette and take the project seriously. The advice came from Evangelos Kapros as he told of the mess the youth wing of the Greek Conservative Party (ONNED) got itself in to with a logo competition. What started as someone’s idea…

Zombies Serve A Useful Purpose

You can stop working now and fire up Farmville or Red Dead Redemption. It turns out tending that online farm or shooting zombies isn’t just a waste of time. Video games, in fact, are of much more benefit that they are given credit for, according to Julien Wéra. Addressing the monthly Refresh Dublin (@refreshdublin) talk…

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Confusing ‘Facebook Vomit’ With Customer Engagement

Keeping advertising and social media in separate silos diminishes the power of both, according to Darren McGrath. They stay separate because it is easier for many people to understand them, but advertising and social media are connected because they influence how people feel, and emotions are a powerful influence. This separate can cause companies to…

Paul Campbell

Building Empathic Websites

Paul Campbell is like a walking, talking Maslow’s Hierarchy. A “bona fide geek,” he exudes enthusiasm for his work: building empathic websites. A web developer from Dublin, Campbell was a founding member of Contrast.ie. (You can read more about their current work here), and is developer of Ketchup. He now works with Brian Flanagan at…