That is a question I get asked all the time. And quite rightly so. After all, without the license model […]
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If you’ve ever been here before, you might realise things look a little different. I’m basically stripping back the design […]
Luke Wroblewski has some great notes on the recent Event Apart, San Francisco. There’s lots of interesting content but the […]
Invention is perception; something only appears novel when you do not understand the things that have inspired it. The question […]
Summary Q: Are link pages useful? A: No. The slightly longer answer: It depends what you mean by links page. […]
Pass it On are a new company based in Southwold that I’ve been working with to put together various elements […]
This is actually really easy, but some reason it didn’t quite stick in my mind until recently, so I thought […]
Having taken my eye off Firefox development recently, it was with interest that I noticed some of the recent additions […]
I’m not a particularly good programmer, but I do know enough to know that there are aspects of my WordPress […]
Is where I now live. The short story is, my wife and I got the opportunity to come down to […]
After suffering a severe bout of man-flu for the last couple of days, it seems like I’m perking up again. […]
Google web fonts growth since June this year. Taken from this blog post There seems to be quite a bit […]
I’ve had a few requests recently for decent books to learn about typography. So I thought I’d share a few […]
System providers estimate that becoming accustomed to a graphical interface should require about eight hours of training. Other experts say the learning time is closer to 20 or 30 hours.
Wilbert O Galitz – The Essential Guide to User Interface Design
If so, where does that leave your common or garden web application or site? Only Facebook, Google and handful of others
I’m fresh back from Brighton Barcamp4 and what a time it was.
We were all aware that there were some challenges caused by the last minute venue change, not to mention the usual difficulties of putting on an event on a shoestring budget. But that didn’t detract from my overall feeling that this was a fantastic event, attended by many wonderful
Or, even better, help organise one.
I’ll be doing both over the next couple of months.
Starting with Barcampbrighton4, which takes place in just a couple of week’s time. This will be my first Barcamp and my first time presenting on something* to a group of people I’ve never met before. I’m mainly relying on the natural decency of my potential audience to get me through that one
Just caught the Posner linking ban proposal furore. Aside from the fact that this is total blueskies thinking from a person who perhaps doesn’t get the internet fully, if one does take it seriously, then my initial reaction would be this:
I remember being amazed about home rapid prototyping machines when I first read about them. It’s hard to learn about these things and not be convinced that they are going to change the world.
Reading through The Design of Everday Things by Donald Norman, I came across an enlightening section entitled ‘Why Designers go Astray’. It prompted this rough thought about what makes designs go right, and thinking about the different concerns that need to be
Although its been a while now since I worked there, I’ve always tried to keep up to date with what UHC are up to. An explicitly political art and design studio, their work is witty, thought provoking and beautifully crafted. One of their latest projects is an imaginative celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary, the ‘Ext Inked’ exhibition. As well as exhibiting hand-drawn illustrations of
Books. Read as many as you can. Although they can age rapidly, especially those concerned with technology, there isn’t a much better way to get an overview of something. Good ideas never lose their value and you’re more likely to find something other people haven’t considered, or have forgotten about, especially if you consult older books. For example one of the best texts I’ve ever read on the subject of
Some things I really aught to be doing next year. I’m hoping by making some sort of public record I might actually shame myself into doing some of them.
Do usability testing
Do some practical user tests on actual prototypes in our new projects at Setfire Media. I firmly believe that Web design is in many respects product design, can’t design products without understanding of users in their own environment
The Outer Cover
In no particular order, I’m beginning the process of documenting some of my work that isn’t online. In this case, it’s Big Monster.
Big Monster are a couple of Manchester-based musicians who are(were?) signed to the Fat Records label. I’m a total perfectionist, so I’m rarely happy, but this is
…and now I have to write something.
I think I will be using this rather excellent post by Cathyma as my guide. Despite the ever changing trends of technology, blogs seem to me to have endured as a useful tool for recording and discussing ideas, so I’m going to try my best to promote this tradition.