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.

12 January 2022 workflow web design development

Shipping faster with fewer environments

A few years ago, I decided to scrap development environments from our workflow to make feature deployments easier. And since then, I’ve never gone back. Development. Staging. Production. Back then, we had environments for development,...

2 January 2022 business freelance personal

10 things that made my year (2021)

A new year is upon us. 2021 seems to have flown by so quickly for me, which has been a good thing because it means I’ve kept busy with work and family life. So for...

1 December 2021 shopify design development

Hire a designer to give your Shopify store a personality

While browsing through the discussions on the Shopify Community website, I came across a few posts from people requesting feedback on their new stores and felt inclined to offer some helpful advice.  But, there’s only...

16 November 2021 accessibility design

The endless search for "here" in the unhelpful "click here" button

I’ve always avoided terms like “click here” or “click below” on any interactive element, and now that I’m doing more accessible design work, avoidance of these things is so important. This article by Stark explains why.

10 November 2021 history bolton life-stories

The Fabric of Bolton

This week, the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the UK town where I was born and grew up, released a short documentary film produced way back in 2001. It features the untold story about my dad, Uttambhai Mistry, who arrived in the UK from Kenya in the late 1960s with practically nothing and made a life in Bolton. Here’s the interview…

15 October 2021 freelance business design

Why I switched my domain from .com.au to .design

I recently switched my website from using a .com.au domain to a .design instead. Here’s why. 85% of my client base are internationally based Being a Brit, about 85% of my work is from UK...

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?