I design .

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


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

My office setup

7 October 2021 work space office

My office setup

I’ve been working for myself for over 20 years now, and this is the first time that I have truly had the opportunity to set up my own office space at home. In the past...

3 October 2021 CSS Liquid Shopify

Liquid tip: Drop cap the first letter of an article

Drop caps have been used in printed media for a long time to add styling to the first letter of the first paragraph of piece of content. There are many ways to add this effect...

28 September 2021 web development browsers ios

iOS browser choice

I wasn’t aware that all browsers on iOS are restricted to Webkit, so effectively there is no browser choice on iPhones or iPads. This raises the question of whether there is any point testing websites with different browsers on these devices if their engines are unsupported?

New Shopify website for Hearing Dogs UK

24 September 2021 front-end development web design shopify ecommerce

New Shopify website for Hearing Dogs UK

This month, I’ve been working on designing and building the new shop for Hearing Dogs, a UK charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss. The...

13 September 2021 shopify 2.0 development

What’s your development workflow for Shopify 2.0?

With the arrival of Shopify 2.0, it’s now thrown my development workflow out of the window. The `config.yml` made development much more manageable when working on different store features because it linked directly to a...

25 August 2021 design css

Scrollbar Reflowing

I’m not sure why anybody, developer or not, would want to turn off/hide scrollbars on a desktop. This macOS setting has always puzzled me.

Book Recommendation: Show your work! by Austin Kleon

24 August 2021 inspiration creativity book

If you work for yourself, this book is a must-read! It’s insightful, down-to-earth, and Austin Kleon explains everything in a simple, enjoyable format. I could relate everything within it to my own personal experiences. Definitely worth reading.

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!