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21st December, 2017

Little goat of the air

There it was again: a mysterious humming vibrato piercing the silence, then gone. Whatever the source, it was close, and moving at high speed. The twilight made these sudden whirrs seem unnerving yet also fascinating, a puzzle to be solved. Read »

21st September, 2011

My recommended reading

During my talks and subsequent conversations, I often mention numerous books that have influenced my thinking. As a result, I’m getting an increasing number of emails and tweets asking for a full list. So, to deal with that, I’ve pulled together the following list. Read »

18th August, 2011

The Manual

I have been fortunate enough to contribute to numerous publications in my time, but without doubt the contribution I’m most proud of kicks off the beautiful and important first edition of The Manual. Read »

25th January, 2011

New Adventures identity

A number of folks have asked why the New Adventures logo has so many variants, and how it all works together. So, here’s a post exploring the final logo and logotype variants we ended up with after a lengthy process. Read »

31st August, 2010

Preface for Hardboiled Web Design

I was commissioned to write this preface for the book Hardboiled Web Design, published by Five Simple Steps.

Every web designer harbours tales of frustration, limitation and despair. Ours is a visually creative discipline, yet it requires skills or knowledge beyond mere manipulation of form, shape, language, colour, message and meaning. Read »

25th January, 2010

Redesigning the undesigned

For two years—and with much embarrassment, I have been apologising for my undesigned blog. Well, no more shall I blush. To mark this fourth redesign and rebuild, I’ve decided to detail my inspiration, ideas, processes, type and design choices—and hopefully explain what this miscellany thing is all about. Read »

17th October, 2009

CSS Mastery Second Edition

In early 2006, a book called CSS Mastery was published. Written expertly by Andy, it also featured case studies from Cameron and myself, plus a foreword from Dan. Read »

31st October, 2007

Foreword for Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML

I was commissioned to write this foreword by Apress, for the book Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML.

In 1999, I bought a book about the web. This brave and still relatively new world had caught my interest, and the pocket-sized Rough Guide to the Internet featured four or so pages of rudimentary HTML. After about three hours I’d built a web page, and linked to another one. This first web page looked awful, but I was excited. Read »

2nd April, 2007

Web Standards Creativity has arrived

My copies of Web Standards Creativity have just landed on the doormat, and mighty-fine they are too. Chock-full of wondrous colour (one for the coffee table), ingenuity and inspiration. Here are a few ropey photos… Read »

27th January, 2007

Web Standards Creativity

It is all about web design as art these days, as the cover of Web Standards Creativity seeks to emphasize. Read »