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Entries from 2009

2009 was the year of the Ox

The year 2009 (MMIX) was a common year that started on a Thursday. In the Gregorian calendar, it was the 2009th year of the Common Era or of Anno Domini; the 9th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 10th and last of the 2000s decade.


31 2009 in music

Simple lists of my top albums and top tracks from the last twelve months.


13 Five Years of Quiet Revolution

People sometimes ask if my talks have been filmed. Well, most have not been recorded, were screwed up during recording, or are being sat on by the organisers.

01 EECI2009 roundup

It’s taken me over a week to collate all that follows, with videos, slides, images and reports still appearing day by day.


17 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.


10 Okkervil River

Rescue Rooms, Nottingham


04 Erskine Design redesign

In just two years, Erskine Design grew from two people working at home into a full-fledged agency of eight, working with some major clients.


27 @Media 2009 roundup

Yesterday I was very fortunate to speak at @Media 2009. It’s been a fun but intense few days, so here’s my rushed summary.

09 EECI 2009

The Netherlands (Leiden, specifically) will be an EE honeypot on 22nd and 23rd October 2009, for the inaugural ExpressionEngine & CodeIgniter Conference (EECI2009).

09 Future of Web Design tour

It’s turning into a busy speaking year. As well as a few business and university talks, I recently presented as part of the Future Of Web Apps Tour.


18 Dad’s tree

On an eerily foggy day in May, we laid my Dad to rest at the head of the Hope Valley. Just myself, my Mam, and a lone crow that arrived at the beginning, stayed throughout, then left as we did.

18 Four days in remote Wasdale

I’ve had a wonderful week off, including a five-hour drive to remote Wasdale in the Lake District, with two full days of trekking and scrambling.

18 Our blogging laboratory

Last week, shortly after bringing Erskine Socials into the world, we quietly (finally) launched our shared blog, named Erskine Labs.

04 Climb the mountains

I recently realised that the main thing missing from my life over the “web years” has been my love and understanding of mountains and national parks.

02 Net magazine profile

In last month’s .net magazine (Practical Web Design outside the UK) we were featured across a lovely two-page profile.


10 Watching the Watchmen

I’d decided not to write about the Watchmen movie, partly because I’m the kind of fan many of you will dislike: I only read the comics a few months ago.


11 Future of Web Apps tour

Extra bit of speaking news. I’ll be presenting Knowing Your Audience on the Leeds leg of the freshly-announced Future Of Web Apps Tour.

02 Designing for the Web

Having read the thing cover-to-cover over the weekend, I was just about to write a detailed post about my friend Mark Boulton’s new PDF book A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web.


31 Opening my toolbox for @Media

Its been a truly hectic start to 2009 with many complex projects on the go, plus some smashing “in-the-field” activity.

03 EE 2.0 example site

In December, the secret was out, and on Christmas Eve Eve, our friends at EllisLab published an interview all about Agile Records.

03 Erskine Design v2

Approximately five minutes before we finished for Christmas and ran to the pub, we launched something we've been tinkering with for five months.