Matthew James Taylor

Matthew James Taylor

Hi, nice to meet you, my name is Matthew James Taylor.

I created this website to share my passions of art, design, web development, and architecture.

I have been building websites professionally for over 20 years.

My personal website (the one you're reading now) is over 23 years old and it's where I publish my web design tips, layouts, and other experiments.

I am also an artist.

My Dad was a professional artist and art teacher so I have been drawing and painting from the moment I could pick up a pencil (40+ years).

I created several comic strips and my Ogga the Cane Toad strip was published in the Observer Times, and The Independent newspapers in Queensland, Australia.

Over the last 20 years, I have been keeping in touch with my creative side by life drawing at various venues around Sydney, Australia, and studying human anatomy, portraiture, and classical drawing at Julian Ashton Art School.

I like exploring the junction where technology and creativity meet.

One interesting fact about me is I have a form of grapheme-color synesthesia which is where I see letters and numbers as colors. This also helps me find four-leaf clovers!

If you would like to know more contact me.

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Recent Posts By Matthew

Small house blueprint

13 Small House Design Principles (The Illustrated Guide)

Small house with an attic

What is Considered a Small House? (Handy Size Guide)

Racing car made from custom tags

Custom HTML Tags (18 Things To Know Before Using Them)

An example of a printed MacBook Air

Print Out Your Own MacBook Air! (4 Easy Steps)

Looking into an empty div

Empty HTML Tags (21 Weird Things You Need To Know!)

Columns all the same height

Equal-Height Columns (CSS Grid, Flexbox, Floated Containers, & Table Methods)

How to add CSS to HTML

How to add CSS to HTML (With Link, Embed, Import, and Inline styles)

A delicious soup made from custom elements

Replace Divs With Custom Elements For Superior Markup

Padding bewteen desktop, tablet, and mobile

Responsive Padding, Margin & Gutters With CSS Calc

Superman blocking styles

Style Blocker: How To Prevent CSS Cascade With Shadow DOM

Responsive text size

Responsive Font Size (Optimal Text at Every Breakpoint)

Responsive Columns Layout System

Responsive Columns: Build Amazing Layouts With Custom HTML Tags

3-meter wide driveway house floor plan

3-Meter Wide Driveway Houses (Examples, Photos, & Floor Plans)

Responsive house plan

Responsive House Plan (Web Design Meets Architecture!)

Julian Ashton Art School life drawing studio

Life Drawing: The Complete Guide (Illustrated)

A nice sharp pencil

The Art of Sharpening Pencils (Styles & Techniques)

Flowers growing in a tiny house window flowerbox

12 Small House Benefits: Why Building Tiny Makes Sense!

A wide entrance hallway

Hallways: Are They a Waste of Space?

A fractal tree made by recursive drawing

Create Fractals With This Amazing Recursive Drawing Tool

Boggle dice shaker

Boggle Dice Shaker (Built With Javascript)

Charcoal life drawing

Charcoal Life Drawing (Plus White Charcoal Pencil on Toned Paper)

Graphite Pencil Life Drawing

Graphite Pencil Life Drawing (Rendering & Sketch Examples)

Chalk life drawing with Conté Crayon

Chalk Life Drawings (Conté Crayon Vs Chalk Pencil)

Sepia ink life drawing

Ink Life Drawing (6 Experiments with Nibs & Brushes)

Graeme Frontbum

Graeme Frontbum (About the Comic Strip & Characters)

Ogga surfing

Ogga the Cane Toad (About the Comic Strip & Characters)

The alphabet in colors according to my synesthesia

Synesthesia: My Colored Alphabet & Four-Leaf Clovers!

Small house architecture

Small-House Architecture (Design Ideas & Inspiration)

Footer at the bottom of the page

Get Down! How to Keep Footers at the Bottom of the Page

Is CSS margin top or bottom better?

CSS: Margin Top vs Bottom (A Trick You Should Know)

Beautiful centered menus with CSS

CSS: Horizontally Centred Menus (With Optional Dropdowns)

Fractal gravity

Fractal Gravity: The Solution Must Also Explain Itself

Comic strip

Comic Strips & Graphic Stories

Responsive website layout

Web Design (CSS Layouts, Experiments & Demos)

Ads that can change size to fit any screen size

Responsive Banner Ads with HTML5 and CSS3

Ogga The Cane Toad comic strips

Ogga The Cane Toad (85 Comic Strips)

Soul Search Graphic Story

Soul Search (2 Page Graphic Story)

The Bug Insects

The Bug Insects (4 Comic Strips)

Graeme Frontbum’s Pet World

Graeme Frontbum’s Pet World (14 Comic Strips)

Architect sketches for a house design

Architect vs Draftsman: Which One Should You Hire?

An architect working on a computer

Hiring an Architect? 12 Questions to Ask them First

Open floor plan kitchen and dining room

Open Floor Plans And House Value (2021 Trend Analysis)

Printed house plans

Floor Plan Copyright: How To Legally Build From A Design

A rolled iron roof under gum trees

Do Architects Charge For Consultations? (Questions To Ask)