Magento, Foundation, WordPress and responsiveness in general

I haven’t posted in a long time but that’s not to say that I haven’t been up to much; in fact quite the opposite!

I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground in about five months—it’s been incredibly busy at work since September. One website in particular that has been my main focus and my responsibility is really coming together, and I’m so excited for it to go live. But alongside that website I’ve been heavily involved with six or seven other major client website projects. The work I am doing at the moment mostly involves responsive CSS markup of Magento websites. Magento is a bit of a monster to style but I think I’m finally taming the beast and getting a really good understanding of things from a frontend developer’s viewpoint. It’s always a bit of a deep breath before tackling a fresh Magento install, but it’s rewarding when you get it right. With every new project I’m learning more, doing things more efficiently, and more quickly.

At the moment I am getting to grips with adding to a Foundation-based Magento theme, ironing out the wrinkles and using it in conjuction with a major client website which needs a pretty quick turnaround. Foundation is like a breath of fresh air to me and I’m so excited about using it more and more in the future. I also know of Bootstrap and at some point I’d like to do a comparison between the two frameworks as both seem to have lots to offer. I’ve found the Foundation docs really nicely documented, and at first glance I haven’t found the Bootstrap docs so straightforward and helpful but further investigation is needed! One frustration is that I have to use Foundation 3 instead of 5 because we need to maintain IE8 support for our clients, but I think both frameworks have stopped supporting IE8 in their most recent releases. Still, it could be worse. The memory of the words “responsive website for IE6” still send shivers down my spine to this day.

All the responsive web design and frontend development I’ve been doing makes me sure this is what I want to be doing. I do it day in day out at work (although rarely working on just one project in a day!) and yet when I come home, most days, I get on my laptop and read more about it, learn more about it, and do more of it—so I think I must be making the right career choice! My major obstacle at the moment seems to be time. There’s just so much I want to do and not enough time!

As well as all that work stuff, I’m still working away at the WordPress theme I’m developing. Every time I cross one thing off my functionality list I add two more; one step forward, two steps back! But it’s getting there, just definitely a marathon and not a sprint!

The things I wish I had more time for were just spontaneous side projects; CSS infographics, typographic experiments, painting, drawing, writing… I miss doing things just for the sake of doing them.

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