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.
21 May 2015
13 May 2015
Today, on the 13th May 2015, I stood at the top of Elizabeth Tower, next to Big Ben as it struck 3pm.
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.
07 May 2015
One of the quickest ways to kill your API is to define the API in your code, instead of coding to its definition
28 April 2015
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.
16 April 2015
I am so very very excited right now!
28 March 2015
(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.
17 April 2014
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.
14 March 2014
If one meets a powerful person -- Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler -- one can ask five questions:
- What power do you have?
- Where did you get it?
- In whose interests do you exercise it?
- To whom are you accountable?
- And, how can we get rid of you?
31 December 2013
In no particular order, my albums of 2013.
- Black Casino And The Ghost - Some Dogs Think Their Name Is No
- Comanechi - You Owe Me Nothing But Love
- Endless Boogie - Long Island
- Erika Nockalls - Imminent Room
- Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
- Jetplane Landing - Don’t Try
- The National - Trouble Will Find Me
- Public Service Broadcasting - Inform - Educate - Entertain
- Queens Of The Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
- Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
10 September 2013
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.