Apparently Ireland spends a fair bit online and a rapidly increasing proportion at that. From the Independent.ie"Around €4bn of the country's annual €35bn retail spending is now done online.
But only a quarter of the money from internet purchases goes to Irish online merchants.
And the flight of consumer cash is likely to get worse, with online spending growing year-on-year.
While consumers have drastically cut back on purchases in traditional stores since the recession kicked in, the frequency of online buying shows no let-up.
The Digital Hub Development Agency said figures from Visa Europe indicate online purchases by Irish consumers now exceed €4.1bn.
The figures show that online purchases were €2.96bn in 2010 and are growing by up to 39pc a year, said Dr Stephen Brennan, strategy officer with the Digital Hub, a state body promoting Ireland's online sector.
He warned that Irish companies would have to beef up their online presence to stem the flow of purchases overseas, with the market predicted to soar to €21bn by 2017."
I prefer to spend locally myself, mainly as I have someone to complain to when things go wrong.
But I will source locally unavailable things online or find best prices that way.
I used to work at various Universities/Colleges from Dublin to Galway. Ireland reminded me a bit of France as I also worked there around same time, lots of rules that everyone completely ignored - but the Irish were friendlier.
Minimalist is a design style in itself and just how many thousands of minimalist photo sites do we encounter on the web. Would an editor recommend me to greasey old tractor enthusiasts/dealers or salt of the earth bikers with the words, 'Justin from Fut futt futt photography is coming over to talk to you and BTW he has a rather natty minimalist website'.
Nope only a complete numpty would say say that. A sensible person would simply say Justin is coming to see you and he's a really good photographer.
And there are probably as many photographer's website with a no design aesthetic as there are minimalist designs. But it's the photos [should there actually be any] that should distinguish the photographers not the design.
It's horses for courses, you and I aim for different markets if yours works for you then fair enough but it's not for me, acres of white still annoy the hell out of me though.
My site is designed to show off my photographs, so images fill screen with no distracting chrome. The background is white in the areas where image is not same shape as screen, much like if it was a photographic print printed on white paper, so hardly acres of white which you seem to equate with pretentious. And to be pernickety if it was actually minimalism in style, I would need to use a lot more white space and much smaller photos to achieve that look. I actually like minimalism as I do many other styles, even some that quite ornate, but the point here is to show my photographs as they should dictate the style. The mobile version shows just the photo with a dark grey where aspect ratio of screen differs, as again it's just an online portfolio with no clutter putting photos front and centre. Avoiding chrome is not the same as minimalism.
Website is a few years old now and and I am looking to do a different kind of website, one that incorporates things other than just images, but not found a solution that ticks all my boxes yet. I am now thinking of almost white text on a crisp white background with images only 10 pixels wide with a 2 pixel white border.