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Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

As a contractor I get to work with a lot of different companies - each with their own opinions and processes (or lack thereof). I have clients that have no QA in place (as they didn't even know that it won't look the same everywhere), to ones that seem to test on...

Contracting vs Freelancing

For some people the terms 'contracting' and 'freelancing' are interchangeable. For me I have a clear distinction between the two. In the past I have done both, but going forward (from July 2018) I will only be taking on Freelance work. Here are my definitions of the...

Special Announcement

I am planning on having a career addition, as opposed to a career change. Or a sideline if you like. At the beginning of the year I applied for a training course, and a couple of months back I was interviewed, references were taken and I was subsequently accepted....

Why I’m leaving Women of Email

This is the post I put on the Women of Email Facebook page today: Hey ladies, I think I'm going to have to leave this group, I don't think it's for me any more. I'd love to be a part of something that champions women in the industry, celebrates successes and helps...

Why I go to the Litmus Email Design Conference

So, I've just been to my 3rd Litmus Email Design Conference. The big difference for this year though, was that as a Freelancer, I was paying for the ticket myself. At £780 (inc VAT) it's not cheap, and bearing in mind this is the early bird cost, which I had to make a...

Why you want an Email Developer to build your emails

Email Development History Once upon a time, email was the black sheep of the marketing family. No one quite knew how to do it, or what was required; they just knew it had to be done. So it was generally palmed off to the Front End Developer (most likely the Junior...

Video in email? I’m not a fan

Got your attention there? An email developer who doesn't like video? Except, that's not what I said... I'm not a fan of video IN email. Video in email seems to be the big, hot, sexy thing that every client wants at the moment. (Except half the time, they don't...

The Outlook 2007 / 10 / 13 Spacing Bug

I'm kind of surprised how few people know about this - it always seems to surprise clients when I tell them why their email is breaking in Outlook. To be fair, it makes no goddamn sense, and I can go months without encountering it, and then it'll happen 6 times in a...

The 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

I need to start with an apology: This is almost two months overdue! I have had a few distractions with a poorly puppy and finishing my permanent employer to become freelance, and the panic attacks involved with both of those things! And I need to follow that up with a...

I’m a Finalist in the 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

I am thrilled and honoured to be among 34 women who are being recognised for changing the face of technology in the UK at the 2016 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. There are 11 categories, and the one I was nominated for, Digital Star, is one of two new awards for...

My one and only brush with sexism… I think

I hear a lot about how much sexism women in tech face and how hard it is to get into the field, let alone progress in it. This is not something I’ve really come across. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, I’m just saying it doesn’t happen all the time, and it doesn’t...

“Click Here”? Bob says “Go F**k yourself!”

I really passionately hate any copy in email or on websites that say ‘click here’. If you need to write that then you’ve failed. You’ve failed as a designer if your link is so inobvious that you need to spell out the fact that it’s a link. You’ve failed as a copy...

Little tip for Outlook.com

This is probably ancient (at least as ancient as outlook.com is), but I’ve only just stumbled across it… If you have text with a link around it, Outlook.com chooses to ignore your line-height, making it a lot larger… and depending on your design, that can break your...

Soda Stream – WTF???

As I wrote here, I have a new email address, which is a .London address. A number of companies haven’t been able to accept this due to not recognising it as a valid address. I’ve tweeted all of them, and a number have come back asking for more details, and most of...

Some companies don’t want me to receive their emails

This weekend I bought a domain. It’s what this blog now sits on: chicgeek.london. And so I decided, after 8 years, to scrap my old email address and use this instead. (Decision made easier by how many times btinternet has errors, I’m locked out of my account,...

A tip for Office 365

A strange bug that we found, was that if you don’y have a ‘real’ link in between the quotes in href=“” then your rendering will be shot to pieces in Outlook 365. It might make a random bit of text (that’s nowhere near the offending a-tag) bold, or in capitals, or...

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