Ironeko is a weekly blog about design, technology and the web. It's written from sunny Dundee in Scotland, home of the V&A and the Duncan of Jordanstone School of Arts and Design.
Tech
Web Design
Can the Mimo App Really Teach You To Code on Your Coffee Break?

Google ‘learn to’, and ‘learn to code’ is up there with ‘learn to play piano’. It’s something that many people today want to do, but struggle to find time for. So is Mimo the answer?Today we’ll go through the good and the bad of this promising app. When I first downloaded the Mimo app, code […]

Tech
Is ManyChat worth it? The big benefits (& bigger pitfalls) of this newsletter “replacer”

Facebook Messenger automation has been touted as the end of email marketing, and rightly so. Spearheading that change is ManyChat, which simplifies creating your own Messenger bot. But is ManyChat worth it? I’ve used ManyChat on two very different websites over the past month. One is Ironeko, the site you’re currently reading, and another is […]

Design
Tech
UX
The Woes of Bad Period Tracker Apps (& How iOS Solves Them)

People will put up with all manner of design sins when settling for a period tracker. And it wasn’t until I tried Apple’s in-built cycle-tracker that I realised just how dire the situation on the app store was. So whats the big deal? The Importance of a Good Mobile Period Tracker Every friend and family […]

Inspiration
UX
Web Design
An in-depth look into Facebook’s new design

After a decade of comfortable design stagnation for the platform, the 2020 Facebook redesign is here. And as one of the lucky people who got to test it this week, and I have to say: I’m impressed. Facebook has been altering bits and pieces of their design for the past couple of years. However, as […]

Design
React
Web Design
Infinite Carousel with React Spring: How to?

React Spring is a fantastic animation tool, but it’s not the most straight forward. In this article we’ll go through how to build an infinite React Spring carousel. Before we go any further let me show you what the final product of an infinite react spring carousel looks like. And don’t forget to check out […]

Design
Tech
UX
What Happened To The Modern Smartphone Market?

It’s harder than ever to find a mid-range phone in android or iOS that does everything you want it to. But why? Let’s analyse the smartphone market in 2020 and go through the best phones for the year. All Out of Options I had a Oneplus 3 for years and I loved it. It was […]

Tech
Web Design
Google Analytics Tips for Beginners

Google Analytics is an essential tool for every blog, business or service you put online. However, like most legacy tools, it’s extremely complex. And it doesn’t help that Google doesn’t offer any help past your basic setup. So here’s some Google Analytics tips for beginners that I wish I had known sooner. Why You’ll Need […]

Arts
Dundee
Inspiration
‘I’m Here, I’m Sad, Get Used to It!’ – a chat with experimental hip-hop artist Elliot Stradling

Dundee-based musician Elliot Stradling talks the importance of vulnerability, honesty and evolving your artistic voice. Sitting before me is a young man clearly infused with excitement for his craft. And Stradling’s fascination with ‘how vast the music catalogue is’, certainly comes through on his 2019 ROOKIE SEASON EP, which is a fusion of emo and […]

Inspiration
Web Design
Web Design Inspiration #2: Pulling in clients

The first article in my web design inspiration series explored portfolios and personal sites that struck a perfect balance between functionality and beauty. This week we’ll look at web design tricks used by agencies to pull in clients. Not only must these sites be functional – they also have to work as an enticing marketing […]