Melanie Thewlis

Melanie Thewlis

Melanie heads up the web development team at Little Web Giants. She has professional experience in building all sorts of web projects, from e-commerce to CRM integrations to data visualisations.

Melanie holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, and has had a lifelong involvement with volunteer and activist work on issues of social justice and the environment. Currently she offers regular, free consulting sessions to Berlin based NGOs via the Betterplace Stammtisch and Social Media Sprechstunde.

Melanie is an active member of the Berlin tech community, winner of the inaugural Hamburg Hackathon, and speaker at events such as Social Media Week, Geek Girl Meetup, Node Media Arts Festival and Geekettes Monthly. She teaches front end web development at betahaus and is currently studying Creative Computing at the University of London.

Practical GDPR Advice for Web Agencies and Small Business

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU-wide initiative that came into force on 25th May, 2018. It makes major changes to privacy and data protection for all websites that retain data on visitors from within the EU, which is nearly every website on the Internet. All businesses – both within the […]

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How to become a web developer

What coding language to learn, where to learn it, and how to get employed.

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What are algorithms?

Introducing a series of posts on how common algorithms work and how they impact our daily lives, from Netflix to Facebook to Uber. We’re kicking off with a gentle introduction to a simple algorithm for an everyday task: finding a number in a contact list using binary search.

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Computer Security for NGOs

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? In an era when government spying, corporate hacking scandals, major security flaws, online stalking and social media shaming are rarely out of the headlines, it can seem like the internet has grown up into a deep dark forest, with wolves lurking behind every tree. At the same time […]

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Favicon and App Icon Template

Let’s be honest, managing favicons and web app icons is complex and a bit of a pain. Various browsers display the favicon in different contexts and at different sizes. Windows, Android and iOS all implement “home screen” app icons at different sizes and use different markup. Make it easier for yourself with a Photoshop template that generates all the image sizes you need plus prepared HTML, XML and JSON files.

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How do we perceive colour?

An understanding of the human visual perception system is crucial to great design. It complements more creative ways of understanding colours, such as colour meanings, the emotions they invoke and their applications to branding. Being creatives at heart, many designers’ eyes glaze over at the thought of trawling through physics and biology textbooks to unravel […]

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Transmediale and Art Hack Day Berlin 2014

Last week I went along to the opening of Berlin’s transmediale festival, a 5 day long conference, exhibition and performance series that explores the impacts of emerging digital technologies on art, culture and psychology. This year’s theme was “afterglow”, a term that usually refers to the experience of a drug comedown: the time when the effects of altered states of consciousness are lingering after the experience has already peaked.

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