SAM MORRELL


ASTROPHYSICIST

Web Design

Web Development for Physicists

February 17, 2018

I’m fortunate enough to be sitting at the intersection of two disparate fields which are rapidly hurtling towards each other. More than ever, it’s becoming important to publicise you and your research, whether you’re in academia or in the private sector. Sooner or later, this is likely going to mean you’re going to requiring some...

Redesigning XRT-C

July 17, 2016

As some who read this may know I’m involved, well currently the project lead, on the Exeter Radio Telescope at Caradon (XRT-C) project. The idea behind this project is great; to build a professional grade, 4.5m radio telescope in the Cornish country side that can be used by students across the UK. Up until now,...

Once Again, With More Soul

March 22, 2016

In my free time of late, I’ve been busy beavering away on my latest website. This one has taken a few weeks to perfect and hone but this is the brand new website for my band Soul Traders. This has been coming for a little while, and when you see the old site you’ll understand why. It’s...

Using Wintersmith to Make Awesome Static Websites

December 3, 2015

For the last month or so, I’ve been deeply investing my spare time into writing a website for a conference, the UK Exoplanet Community Meeting 2016, or UKEXOM 2016 for short. Early on we decided that the best way to host it would probably be to use Amazon’s pretty nifty S3 service. This comes with...

Tackling Internal Server Errors When Using Jade-PHP

July 13, 2015

I’m currently taking a break from the glitz and glamour of astrophysics and instead am working on various development projects I promised I’d do for people. My main experience with web development in the past couple years has been using the excellent combo of Node.js + Express + Jade + Stylus. This combo is great...

Messing with the Tumblr API

June 11, 2012

Last night I had a near overwhelming urge to do something web design related, which really isn’t good when you’re in a battle to the death Angry Birds tournament. None the less, I dropped that (I lost catastrophically by the way) and retreated to my favourite text editor and started writing HTML. It was very...

My Initial Impressions of Google+

July 12, 2011

As I’m sure most of you know, Google hasn’t had the best of luck with social media and social networking services. With names like the late, great Orkut under it’s belt, as well as the likes of Buzz long since passed by the wayside and doomed to failure, it’s a wonder that they ever even...

Making my CMS – Part 2

December 26, 2010

Hey Everyone! Time for a quick update on my PHP project. It’s going fairly swimmingly thus far. I’ve got a functioning core, now it’s time to start building it out and working out the bugs. Here’s some specifics on what I’ve been up to. I’ve got a functioning Module Loader working, it detects and loads...

Making My CMS – Part 1

November 17, 2010

Hey all, Long story short I’ve been doing an awful lot of college work of late and I haven’t had a chance to update. Here’s my opportunity! I am writing a system for fun, so I figured I’d update this blog and vent my geekiness onto the internet. Let’s begin! My Plan My Plan for...

This blog is now optimised for Mobile!

October 5, 2009

Hey there everyone. Long time, no post. I promise I will post more often. Just getting back into life after getting to college. In some of my free time I’ve been trying to get onto websites on my iPhone, only soon to realise that sites that aren’t optimised for mobile and have really hefty graphics...

How to Find Design Jobs

August 13, 2009

I don’t know about any of you but I find that the hardest thing about being a graphic designer/website developer is getting in work. Since I live in a small town in Rural England where barely understands what web 2.0 is you may be able to understand what I mean. This is why a new...

Beautiful Portfolio Sites

July 8, 2009

I am by no means an expert on websites or the design of them, not by a long shot. But I do know what I like. I have gathered together a collection of my favourite company/portfolio sites for your viewing pleasure. Let me know what you think of my choices.