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Brighton’s poor old West Pier is on fire. Yet more trouble for the beleaguered land mark. See the BBC webcam footage. It’s now burnt down to the metal super-structure. I don’t know what can have caused the fire, but my guess is arson. The pier is…
Malarkey explains. A late and easy entry, but fun none-the-less.
According to BBC News, the family of the late Johnny Cash have vetoed use of the song Ring of Fire in an advert for haemorrhoid-relief products. Cash’s daughter Rosanne said: The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to…
The Design Council has published a detailed look at what information design is and what is expected from information designers.
I enjoy minimal design, and I also believe that, for the majority of commercial and otherwise meaningful sites on the Web, that is exactly what is required. But minimal design to me, does not mean no graphics, no Flash, etc. If these elements are seen to add to the experience…
Keith Robinson starts a collaborative project with his Asterisk readers to ‘show that it’s possible to make a killer band site that looks cool and is very easy to use as well’.
It’s Christmas Eve, but more importantly it’s Friday and so time for a (very) vaguely Yuletide Biscuit in the form of Joy Division Oven Gloves.
Today is the 60th anniversary of VE Day, yet World War II was not completely over until four months later and VJ Day. This reminded me of my trip to New Orleans earlier this year where my good friend Dave took me to the National D-Day Museum.
Earlier this month, Clearleft went on a company outing to the Design Museum in London. There we spent some quality time perusing the work of the influential former Braun industrial designer, Dieter Rams. These are his ten guidelines to good design.
I’ve been passed a musical baton. If it’s good enough for Stuart, it’s good enough for me, so here goes: Total volume of music files on my computer: 14.9 Gb. The last CD I bought was: The last actual CD I bought was British Sea Power’s…
Brighton’s other pier, the Palace Pier, has now suffered it’s own disaster, catching fire in a rather big way. Sad as it is, I haven’t got quite as much sympathy with the Palace Pier as I do with the West Pier. The Palace Pier is nowhere near as old, and is…
Interconnected has been redesigned. It’s a neat non-table, 100% CSS design in brown (definitely the new grey). Note how the whitespace of the indented paragraphs describes a square. Nice. While I was there I spotted this: Patterns for Personal Web Sites, a compendium…
So I’m off to @media for the rest of this week – can’t wait! And in other news I have an article in this month’s Practical Web Design magazine.
“Ultimately, of course, the users’ performance defines what’s usable. If users can easily accomplish what they want to do, then the design is usable.” Pixelsurgeon Interviews Jakob Nielsen. I have embarked on a project called ukbloggers with Ed from…
Zeldman recently opined that, since the mainstreaming of web standards, there should be more talk in design circles of content, design and usability, but then lays into recent round table discussions on HTML, implying they are harmful.
Andy Budd has created a lovely design for the Zen Garden. I’m giving a SkillSwap talk this Monday on Design Process – Evolution of the Wireframe. Dave Shea has reinvigorated discussion on designing with colour deficient folks in mind and points us to Pixy’s…
Laying down some thoughts about the differences between ACD and UCD and how they can gel together.
“It’s not because he’s American and it’s not because the British are evil. Fundamentally, simply, basically, finally he’s just hated because he’s a twat.” On an unrelated note, get yerself over to Whitespace, a great new blog focussing…
Last week Digital Arts online featured me, among others, in a piece on web fonts in 2015. My main points were twofold: more interesting treatments are required, and type designers keep giving us more fantastic materials to work with.
The Web Standards Awards have just launched tp celebrate and encourage CSS-based design. The emphasis will be on commercial sites which is definitely a good thing as the Web design world as a whole has a lot of catching up to do.
A quick review of the amazing Public Lettering walk website.
At Clearleft, our designers do not mark up their own designs. We require that they can all code well, but they never touch a line of production HTML. Why should our designers be able to code but not be required to do so?
I think it’s high time I told you about my new book; or rather our book, Blog Design Solutions.
Russ Wealkley of Max Design has created Listamatic, a great resource showing how to apply CSS styles to lists. There’s heaps of examples with the CSS exposed, including a version of my own tabs as a list effort. What’s more, it’s in the spirit of the Zen…
Scene 360 asks the question of twenty three top zines and design portals: Why do you do it? A beautifully put together piece with some fascinating insight into how the likes of K10K and Design is Kinky think. The Evolution of Type, a fine introduction to the origins, evolution…
Design Week had an editorial highlighting the demise of craft skills and typography in college curricula. It reminded me that courses teaching web design in the UK rarely include such skills in the first place. So where are the good courses?
The availability of fonts for use in Web typography, or more specifically the lack thereof, has been getting some welcome attention recently.
City of Sound is a new addition to my blog roll. Written by Dan Hill, it’s a London-centric weblog with a somewhat grand raison d’être.
Clagnut is featured as a Star Site in Practical Web Design magazine and @media 2006 is announced.
There’s a fabulous new design in the CSS Zen Garden which makes use of a clever transparent PNG effect.
Last night, I enjoyed the SkillSwap presentation by Jeremy on ‘CSS based design’. There was a full house, with folks representing disciplines from techie to Flash, and I reckon everyone took away a lot from the talk. Interestingly, a good deal of time was spent…
PPK has a new browser resource called Bug Report. Design Engaged looked to be hugely successful and fascinating (link to a terrific animation). Veen talks about the difficulty of ditching the PowerPoint mentality.
Why oh why did Apple have to re-skin iTunes? Is it not bad enough to have Aqua, Brushed Metal and that other skin GarageBand uses? Now I have four different looks to Apple applications. And this latest one is terrible.
After months of preparation I’m immensely pleased to announce that Andy Budd, Jeremy Keith and I have joined forces to form Clearleft, which officially launched on Monday.
It makes for really dull conversation when everyone agrees, but right now a number of people are talking sense and I feel better for it….
Jeremy Keith has published his excellent SkillSwap talk on CSS Based Design. Its real selling point is that Jeremy advocates and demonstrates how starting out with meaningful mark-up will help along your CSS. And he even manages to ape the Matrix along the way.
Latest issue of Boxes and Arrows, the redesign of Audi.com. The process explored workgroup software, utilized technology to support the brand ideals and challenged the status quo of current web navigation thinking by proposing a right handed navigation system. Hillman…
Christina Wodtke has created Widgetopia, a collection UI elements, and discusses solving user interface problems – by best practice or common practice?
Tickets for UX London 2010 are now on sale with a massive £200 early bird discount. Highlights for 2010 include Bill Moggridge, Scott McCloud, Kristina Halvorson & JJG to name a few. Last year sold out and was hugely over subscribed so get in quick!
There’s a different approach to web page layout which is gradually getting some traction. The idea is that the layout is changed to best accommodate the window size.
I’m really pleased to finally announce the release of a brand new website, The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web, or Web Typography for short.
I’ve just come back from a week with Her Indoors in the West Country. While there I bought five books, all of which were Penguin paperbacks, one of which proved to be particularly fascinating.
So far this year, my regular reads on the Web have covered techniques in all the disciplines required to create quality web sites. All the disciplines bar one, that is. What’s missing? The visual design; the look; the skin; the surface. While the folks I’ve been…
Thought I’d better sneak this one in before the end of January. Here’s the track listing to my annual compilation, this year cleverly titled as ‘The Best Songs I Bought In 2005 Ever’. Turns out it was a surprisingly good year.
The 5k competition is back! So go enter those tiny sites. (Super Letraset-stylee design btw Caterina.) Oh and super-duper photos are now online here at clagnut. There’s a rndom sample for you just there. You can see more of them at clagnut.com/photos. (Yes I will get…
Here’s the track listing to my annual compilation, this year cleverly titled as ‘The Best Songs I Bought In 2007 Ever’. It was a good year, but somehow slightly underwhelming.
As a way of enabling address input, the UK postcode look-up is fraught with danger and is rarely implemented well. As is often the case in UX design, everything is fine until an exception is reached.
This week’s ALA shows how to conceive and design print style sheets that automatically format web content for off-screen delivery. Includes tips on hiding inappropriate content, styling text for the printer, and displaying the URL of every link on the page.
Underworld recently put out some 12” singles and I’m loving the type-based artwork.
In acknowlegement of CSS Reboot I have created Clagnut 2.0 beta in which I have started exploring APIs and thinking more about tagging.