Life without JavaScript

Many web developers (and web project managers) are insistent that we shouldn’t be concerned with the availability of JavaScript in the browser. “Who turns off JavaScript these days?” is often the argument. The problem isn’t related to who turns off JavaScript, but what happens when a CDN copy of jQuery isn’t available – the server is down or a DNS problem blocks…

Life without JavaScript

Silver Efex Pro

The image editing tool Silver Efex Pro has long been a much-used and highly recommended solution for converting digital (or scanned colour) images to black and white. There are many detailed options for conversion, including specific settings for reproducing the effect of old black and white photographic films like those from Ilford or Agfa. Google acquired the company in 2012…

Silver Efex Pro

Jesus is…

A current poster campaign by the Swiss Christian Action Committee is hanging across the country. Much of the poster is left empty, with the intention that it should be graffitied, in answer to the prompt “Jesus is…”. The accompanying website offers people the same opportunity to give their opinion on what they see Jesus to be. The most interesting aspect…

Jesus is…

The headless CMS

The Next Big Thing* in the world of CMS-based web development is the headless CMS solution. A headless CMS is a more pure – and therefore technically more simple – content management system. A system in which the focus is 100% on managing content and providing a way to access it: for example, creating new articles, updating existing articles, defining page…

The headless CMS

Augen zu und durch

It’s no shock to realize that I’ve been commuting to Bern by car for nearly six years. But what is a shock is that the period of changing from train travel to car travel coincides with the main rise of the smartphone. When I was commuting to Bern between 2008 and the end of 2010, getting through the rush-hour crowds…

Augen zu und durch

Bern’s Lorraine quarter

The Lorraine quarter in Bern, not far from my office, used to be the trendy area in which to live, meet, dine and hang out. These days, a lot of the trendies seem to have moved on, but the quarter is still a nice network of little streets in which to take a stroll. Despite the huge amount of graffiti…

Bern’s Lorraine quarter

A fresh eye

This year’s aim: see new places and try new things. Close to home, this means going out from home and documenting the village where I live as much as possible. Despite living here for nearly five years, the only parts of Faulensee I’ve really photographed have been the views from above the village or from home.

A fresh eye

Vertical rhythm in web typography

…doesn’t have anything to do with jumping up and down to music. Sadly. Typographic principles are just as valid in designing for the web as they are in designing for traditional media. Through the application of a very simple mathematical principle, a design becomes more peaceful and the visitor is calmed by a subliminally identifiable pattern. (Our brains, like computers, like the…

Vertical rhythm in web typography

There is no perfect dropdown

Andy Budd made a very important point during episode 93 of The Web Ahead podcast. In it, he's answering a question raised about where a less-experienced web designer can find resources to see what the current “best practices” are for site element design.

There is no perfect dropdown