I design .

I'm Ketan ‐ A Melbourne web designer, developer and illustrator with 20 years industry experience.

Journal

My journal, a collection of my design work, inspiration, discoveries and personal experiences in running a business.

16 July 2021 sass web design css

I don't need you Sass, the creator of bad habits

I’ve been using sass for a few years now, and I’ve gotten so used to using it on new projects, I never gave it a second thought. I thought it was making my life easier,...

A couple of new books for my reading list

10 July 2021 web design books

A couple of new books to add to my reading list: “New Frontiers in Web Design” by Smashing Magazine and “Art Direction for the Web” by Andy Clarke.

3 July 2021 ecommerce shopify

Shopify 2.0 looks amazing! And metafields...finally!

A few days ago Shopify announced some of its upcoming features at their annual Unite event. Some of the exciting announcements for me were themes 2.0, improved performance, metafields (finally, and it looks flippin’ awesome!), more focus on store content, GitHub integration for devs, and more checkout customisation possibilities. This short summary video is definitely worth a watch - can’t wait to start working with version 2.0!

31 May 2021 css

CSS:is

I wasn’t aware of the CSS is() pseudo-class, but this would help avoid that much-hated selector duplication.

28 May 2021 web design core web vitals page speed

Improving page speed and core web vitals

This week, I deployed some page speed/core web vitals updates to my clients Shopify website. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks now, tweaking code and assets here and there wherever I can...

20 May 2021 ux usability design patterns

Frustrating Design Patterns: Mega-Dropdown Hover Menus

Great article about the problems with mega-dropdown menus. I’ve never been a fan of them, and implementing them is always a tricky task. I recently redesigned the menu on AbilitySuperstore.com from being a mega menu to a traditional “slide-out” structure, akin to how OS (macOS, Windows, etc.) menus work.

17 May 2021 html css

A love letter to HTML & CSS

A brilliant post about how important HTML and CSS truly are today more than ever. I’ve been watching the JS and React craziness going on over the last few years and have refused to take part. The fundamentals of the web are, and always will be, HTML and CSS. Without these at the core, JS, React, or even PHP (or any other web-based language for that matter) would not even exist.