Chris Brown
Hi Envato Community! My name's Chris. Nice to meet you. I'm a training manager with too many years to mention of experience working in contact centers across a range of industries. My foray into webdesign, copywriting and development started years ago with a small hobby site... which grew to a thriving freelance career (yes, it can be done!) which financed a three year sabbatical throughout Europe. I'm completely self taught, and most of this can be attributed back to the fantastic team and community from Envato, who almost always had a quality tutorial on whatever it was that I was looking for. I'm particularly interested in emerging trends and approaches to maximise the user experience and developing quicker, smarter sites to the interwebs. While I'm not currently active in the community, I'm always happy to field any questions that you may have or just to touch base for a chat. Go forth and learn!
Latest Posts
  • Web Design
    Applications and Tools
    Quick Tip: On The Fly Editing With DevTools AutosavePreview
    Recently on Webdesigntuts+ we looked at Faster HTML/CSS Workflow with Chrome Developer Tools, and in today's Quick Tip we'll be getting you set up with a free plugin mentioned in that very tutorial. I promise this will seriously speed up your workflow - ready to get started?Read More…
  • Web Design
    HTML/CSS
    Hi-Performance Web Design with Data URIs – New on PremiumPreview
    In today's Premium tutorial, we're going to be taking some of the theory covered in our Data URI introductory article, building upon some of the examples used to develop a fully realized user interface. Just to keep things interesting, we'll also be making our design responsive and we'll be using the Dribbble API and jQuery to pull in some images from the Envato Dribbble feed.Read More…
  • Web Design
    HTML/CSS
    The What, Why and How of Data URIs in Web DesignPreview
    Let's look at improving your site's performance by reducing the number of HTTP requests it makes. We're going to take advantage of a technique known as the data URI scheme; encoding both images and fonts into pure data strings that can be directly integrated into your markup and stylesheets.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Visuals
    The What, Why and How of Textures in Web DesignPreview
    The use of textures and patterns in webdesign has come a long way in only a short amount of time. From cliche grunge and gaudy vintage textures, today's best websites use texture in a wide variety of ways to create a more immersive experience, define the personality of the site and create a more refined look and feel.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Workflow
    Setting a Baseline Grid With GuideGuide for PhotoshopPreview
    Setting out a baseline grid for your Photoshop-based designs is an indispensible first step in any new website project. A baseline grid will establish consistent spacing between your page elements, creating harmonious rhythm throughout the page. Additionally, during the development phase, using a CSS framework with a compatible baseline grid can make translating design into code far easier.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Applications and Tools
    Split Testing With Google Analytics ExperimentsPreview
    In today's tutorial, we're going to be looking at one of Google Analytics' most recent additions to its feature set; Experiments. Using this tool, I'll be showing you how to serve up different variations of a page to determine which one is the most successful in converting visitors to the site.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Complete Websites
    Going Off Canvas with Zurb Foundation 3.0: New on PremiumOffcanvas preview
    We have a new Premium tutorial for you! Today we're going to be diving head first into the newest RWD pattern on the block, off-canvas layouts — a very clever approach from the team at Zurb.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Visuals
    Create a Welcoming “Hero Unit”: New on PremiumHero unit 200
    Blurred background images are a hot trend in webdesign at the moment and can add depth and interest to any website design. In this Premium tutorial, I’ll be walking you through all the steps to create a striking visual hero unit (read: your key marketing message) perfect for a slideshow or banner region of your next website.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Complete Websites
    Create a Welcoming "Hero Unit" in PhotoshopWeb design
    Blurred background images are a hot trend in webdesign at the moment and can add depth and interest to any website design. In this tutorial, I'll be walking you through all the steps to create a striking visual hero unit (read: your key marketing message) perfect for a slideshow or banner region of your next website.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Workflow
    Design Personas: Injecting Personality Into Your Web ProjectsPreview
    Let's take a look at the what, why and how of creating design personas; developing personalities for your projects. When used correctly, design personas can transform a good site into an incredible one, helping people remember it for all the right reasons.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Workflow
    Style Tiles: An Alternative to Full Design CompsPreview
    If you're like me, you'll agree that the initial design phase of a project can be time consuming, fraught with frustration and rarely meets client expectations at the first approval meeting. What if there was a better way to approach things? With Style Tiles, the newest kid on the design-methodology block, there is.Read More…