• On performance

    There needs to be a cultural change in how we approach building for the web. Yes, some of the tools we choose are part of the problem, but the bigger problem is that performance still isn’t being recognised as the most important factor in how people feel about websites (and by extension, the web). This isn’t just a developer issue. It’s a design issue. It’s a UX issue. It’s a business issue. Performance is everybody’s collective responsibility.

    Jeremy Keith

  • Time

    Today, on the 13th May 2015, I stood at the top of Elizabeth Tower, next to Big Ben as it struck 3pm.

    Hey look kids, there's Big Ben, and there's Parliament…

    Sometimes our memory can be fuzzy about where we were, or what we were doing, at a particular moment in history, but I will always know exactly where I was at 3pm on the 13th May 2015.

    That’s a moment in time that hadn’t happened before, and won’t happen again, and it’s mine.

  • Building APIs

    One of the quickest ways to kill your API is to define the API in your code, instead of coding to its definition

    Mike Stowe

  • The power of metadata

    Two Way Street is a fantastic example of what you can do with good metadata around objects. Built by the team at Good, Form & Spectacle it allows you to explore the British Museum collection by multiple facets, including acquisition date, acquisition source, type, material, techniques, and many more.

  • Star Wars Teaser Trailer #2

    I am so very very excited right now!

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

    (I’m amazed I haven’t used that title before)

    Apologies if anyone following had a huge amount of updates appear in their RSS readers, but I recently flipped the switch on moving this site to Perch and a new responsive design, something that’s been in the works for quite a while now.

    This is the start of some long overdue improvements around here, including more frequent posting and moving to more of a POSSE type publishing method.

  • The Web API

    Wherever there were Windows PCs in businesses, there’s now the web. Wherever there were peripherals connected to that PC, there’s a need for a new peripheral… just the same, but with a simple web API. Every time you see a dated PC, only running the back-office because of the peripherals hanging off it, there’s a product opportunity.

    Matt Webb

  • RIP Tony Benn

    If one meets a powerful person -- Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler -- one can ask five questions:
    1. What power do you have?
    2. Where did you get it?
    3. In whose interests do you exercise it?
    4. To whom are you accountable?
    5. And, how can we get rid of you?
    Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.
  • Albums of 2013

    In no particular order, my albums of 2013.

  • Solving problems

    Too many people think graphic design is not a specialty, but something anyone can do, because the tools to make decent-looking Web pages, newsletters, books, and the like are readily available. But design isn’t putting stuff on a page. It’s about solving visual problems through an iterative process of decisionmaking, which may involve consultation, or may happen in private. If you can’t master that process, you can’t work in the field.

    Glenn Fleishman on Yahoo’s logo redesign.

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