• 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.

  • 10 Rules of Internet

    8. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings.

    10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash.

  • Lockdown

    That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.

    Well, fuck them, and fuck that.


    Lockdown – Marco Arment.

  • Battle for the planet of the APIs

    If those services don’t trust me enough to give me an RSS feed, why should I trust them with my data?

    Jeremy Keith — Battle for the planet of the APIs.

  • Music was my refuge

    Music was my refuge (151/365)

    Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

    Maya Angelou

    Tags

  • On writing

    Remember what it is you’re trying to do when writing for a wide audience: communicate an idea clearly and accurately.

    If a reader ends up confused, it’s not their failure as a reader but yours as a writer.


    Alok Jha

  • Wroblewski's Theorem

    Anything that can be connected to the Internet, will be.

    Luke Wroblewski

  • A launch of sorts

    It’s been over a year since I joined WDCS, and to coincide with the 64th International Whaling Commission, you can now see a small piece of what I’ve been working on.

    Say hello to dev.wdcs.org.

    Over the next fortnight, our team will be busy posting news and blog posts from the IWC, offering us a great opportunity to ensure that the structure, work-flow, and multilingual nature of the new site all work as we hope. And in what I think is a brave move by everyone here, we’re doing it in the public eye. If GDS can do it, well so can we (seriously, the GDS team has been, and continues to be, a massive inspiration).

    It’s a bit shabby round the edges: the theme is bland and temporary but hopefully very readable, there are some bugs in the internationalisation framework that I’m still fixing (“Ray, when someone asks you if you want to build a multilingual site, you say ‘NO’!”), and you might find yourself in a bit of a navigation dead-end if you follow the wrong link.

    As I said, it’s a bit shabby, but it’s our shabby.

    If you’re interested in the background of what led us to this point and where we’re going in the future I gave a talk to the Oxford UX group a couple of months ago that fills in some of that.

    Thanks to everyone at WDCS who’s been helping on this project. As a web geek you couldn’t ask for a more passionate and committed bunch to build for.

    And now, some sleep.

  • Paying attention

    Put down your phone every once in a while. Always look up. Follow suspicious signs.

    Dan Eden writing for The Pastry Box Project.

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