Some time in 2016 I was asked to write a list of my favourite Front End tools to help newbie coders. Because 2020 forced me to re-platform this article, I thought I’d write an update. Think of it like that interview Vanity Fair does with Billie Eilish every year, except with 44,789,967 fewer viewers and a lot more waffle about code…


Web development tools have come a long way in just a few short years [2020 edit: 🤦‍♀️]. Thanks to this progress, we can harness the power of highly tested libraries to improve our workflow and benefit from greater possibilities when it comes to responsive design. Not only that, we can build things together thanks to ever-improving version control systems. …

First published in August 2016, I wrote this as a simple tool to help other self-taught developers.

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You’ll see why this is important later.

You’ve probably come across the phrase Object Oriented Programming somewhere. You’ve heard it talked about in relation to languages like Ruby, Python, and Java, but might have glazed over at the mention of subclasses and inheritance. You may even have braved one of the many online tutorials on the subject (they all seem to involve some sort of car analogy🏎️ 🤷).

Believe it or not, Object Oriented Programming (OOP for short) is nowhere near as complicated as people might have you think and actually exists to make the task of programming easier. …

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Since the start of this year, IDAGIO’s super-powered product design team has doubled in size. We’re a varied bunch, with experiences ranging from huge multi-nationals to tiny agencies and everything in-between.

Prior to the arrival of our new colleagues, team processes had been quite flexible — discovery and handover phases could be completely different for two different designers, because communication across a smaller unit was way easier. But with the wider organisation growing, and with the news that we’ll be switching from platform-based to fully-integrated feature teams in the coming weeks, we figured the time was right to get down to some serious process optimisation. Step one? Figma. …


Liz Mowforth

Composer and developer turned product designer.

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