Blog Archive

  • The Big Dog Cometh

    Since I knackered my Achilles tendon in December, I’ve been getting back into cycling and mountain biking in particular. The Brighton Big Dog race is on in August and uses the same tracks I now ride most weeks. We’ve entered a Clearleft team.

  • Web Typography is now open source

    In December 2005 I launched the Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web, a practical guide to web typography using Robert Bringhurst’s book “The Elements of Typographic Style”. The site needs updating, so I’ve now open sourced it on Github.

  • In conversation with Brighton station about CCTV

    A couple of days ago I was stuck at Brighton railway station, watching trains get delayed and eventually cancelled. While sat on the concourse I noticed the sheer amount of CCTV and various surveillance devices in plain view all around the station.

  • A new year, a new design

    To my surprise, Clagnut.com was last redesigned in September 2008. Well, it’s all change, with a new redesign launched today. It’s been created from the typography outwards, responsive from the beginning and elegant on huge as well as tiny screens.

  • UK Museums on the Web 2012

    UK Museums on the Web is a one day conference organised by the Museums Computer Group. Representatives from museums and other organisations in the sector shared their experiences over the past year and beyond. These are my notes from the day.

  • ClagTunes episode 4

    The fourth episode of the music podcast, featuring tracks from Explosions in the Sky, Ballboy, Metronomy, Girls and I Break Horses.

  • The trouble with font classifications

    I want to design a new way for visual designers to find fonts which specifically suit their needs and the needs of their clients. This means approaching things by way of a user-centred design process. And I need your help.

  • jQuery for UX Designers

    I’m giving a virtual seminar on using jQuery in interactive wireframes. As a UX designer, it’s the course I wish had been available to me a few years ago.

  • The Ampersand Story

    Why and how I put together Ampersand, the UK’s first conference dedicated specifically to web typography.

  • ClagTunes episode 3

    The third episode of the music podcast, featuring tracks from the Specials, Jonny, Jamie Lidell, Pavement and James Blake.

  • It’s time to stop teaching web skills like it’s still 1999

    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?

  • Top Tunes 2010

    Here’s the track listing to my annual compilation. As ever, titled as ‘The Best Songs I Bought In 2010 Ever’.

  • One heavenly breakfast

    My diet has been devoid of chilli over the past few months. Normally we eat lots of hot food – hotter the better – so I was becoming desperate for my fix. In a quiet moment, I made myself an delicious second breakfast to ease the craving.

  • On becoming a Dad

    Two weeks ago I became the father of a beautiful baby girl. Thought I’d better jot down some thoughts for posterity.

  • ClagTunes episode 2

    The second episode of a music podcast, featuring tracks from the Steve Mason, Everything Everything, Delta Spirit and Broken Social Scene.

  • ClagTunes episode 1

    The inaugural episode of a music podcast, featuring tracks from the Phantom Band, Villagers, the Soundcarriers and John Grant.