Wireframing, Design and Dev – The cards explanation

When it comes to web development I find that this is useful for people to have a visceral feel for when they should be making changes and what is involved.

Wireframes are like working with post it notes, quick to move around and get a feel for the general idea.

Photoshop designs are like working with thick card a bit more rigid and a little annoying to cut but and the quality is a bit better and you can get a better feel for the final site, whilst still being relatively light.

Development is like carving stone tablets. Once there is code behind it those aren’t cards, they are heavy and hard to move. They are also interlinked and connected to the other tablets around them. If you want to move the tablets you need to rewire the plumbing and electrical cables. If you want to change the design you need a chisel and if you make too many changes then you destroy the tablet and need to get a new one.
At each step the amount of time and work involved probably triples. That is, 1 hour worth of changes to the wireframes will take about 3 hours in design but over 9 hours of development work.
The take away is ; if you want to make a change, do your best to work that out before the developers have had to carve out the stone tablets.


WordPress – Properly captioned images

A little while ago I noticed that wordpress 2.6 introduced the ability to add captions to images.
This seemed like a great idea, and looked great in the actual WordPress Admin WYSIWYG editor (TinyMCE), however I couldn’t actually find any themes that had the proper CSS for the captioning, so decided I would make it up myself.

In the editor it looked good :

But on the actual page it just looked like there was a standard image, with just a bit of text below it, but not actually attached to it :

I hacked the CSS of my WordPress theme and the end result was pretty close :

A beautiful Sunset
A beautiful Sunset

To make the changes, I went into the WordPress Admin page, then Design -> Theme Editor.
I’m using the great Andreas09 theme, and had to make two changes in two of the style sheets, as shown in the images below :

Added CSS is the selected text
Added CSS is the selected text
Image border CSS (not mandatory)
Image border CSS (not mandatory) - Click for full size

Below is the commented CSS styles to copy/paste into your theme (watch out for the Padding-left and padding-right values which might need to be edited according to your theme) :

/* This shows the actual grey box and border */
.wp-caption {
background-color : #e1e1e1;
border: 1px solid #484848;
/* I had to play with the padding right value, you might just need 5px, depending on the theme */
padding-right: 12px;
margin-right: 2px;
margin-left: 1px;
margin-bottom: .3em;
margin-top: .3em;
/* This sets the caption to be centred below the image */
.wp-caption-text {
text-align: center;
/* This allows the centre aligned images to actually be in the centre */
div.aligncenter {
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
/* This sets the border around the image itself, and the white (or light grey in this case) section around the image */
.entry img, .entrytext img {
border: 1px solid #b0b0b0;
margin: 5px;
padding: 5px;
background-color: #f5f5f5;
/* Change the background colour as you like, e.g ‘white’ or ‘black’ (without the #) */
/* This sets the image border colour to be different when hovering the mouse over an image that is linked to something */
.entry a:hover img, .entrytext a:hover img {
border: 1px solid #505050;

If you have any issues implementing this, please let me know.