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.
Design
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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 […]

Tech
Node.js Tutorial #2: How to Install Node.js

In my previous Node.js tutorial I went over what Node.js is and how it can help you become a better, more modern front end designer. If doing this is something you’re interested in, it’s probably time to get started with Node. This article will help you do just that. Welcome to my tutorial on how […]

Design
UX
The Art of Engagement: Duolingo’s Key to Success

Having proved steadfastly popular since its inception a decade ago, Duolingo shows no signs of slowing down. So how does it keep us hooked? Duolingo’s presence as the world’s leading language-learning app is undeniable. In fact, according to their LinkedIn page, the app boasts 300 million users. That’s not a number to be sniffed at. […]

Design
Inspiration
UX
Two Design Podcasts Every Creative Should Listen To

The two design podcasts that completely changed my mind on the genre. Every day I commute for about 40 minutes to an hour (depending on the terrible Scottish traffic). I love my job, but let’s be honest, that ride gets a little boring and Spotify can only take me so far. I started looking for […]

Design
UX
Good Designs: Applying for Settled Status in the UK

Thanks to sincere investment in great design, the UK has managed to transform what could have been a complicated process into a breeze. If my name hasn’t already made it obvious, I’m not from the UK. Specifically, I come from Ferrara, a small-ish city in northern Italy. With Brexit approaching (apparently), I had to make […]

Tech
Web Design
Optimize TailwindCSS by removing unused CSS classes

I’ve gushed about TailwindCSS on ironeko before. A couple of months into using it, I’m still discovering new tricks, and removing unused CSS to dramatically reduce network payload and optimize TailwindCSS is probably my favorite. TailwindCSS is great, but… What I didn’t realise when first writing about this fantastic new framework was how many options […]