I presented at the WordCamp conference in Lausanne a couple of weeks ago, on the subject of website usability. The video of my talk is now online.
Because I’m a bit OCD and because I have an eye for design, I’ve always thought how appealing a high street could look if the store fronts on high streets were matched. It looks as though the architects of Zurich’s newest main station shopping concourse have the same view, as the logos and frontages are all matching.
Until I had to switch to doing mainly technical work on web projects, I used to do a lot of design work. I came across my old designs when clearing out my home office and thought you'd like to see a few of them.
The new Lingo app (from The Noun Project) allows you to collate and manage your design assets in one place.
Would you invest your time, experience and effort to do your job when there was a potential that your client or boss wouldn't pay you for it?…
Website visitors can and do scroll the page to find what they're looking for. That doesn't make this scrolling action a good user interface design solution.
Using modules in front end web programming to allow more flexibility and more independence from site layouts for content elements.
I created a simple cover image for an e-book at the end of last year, and found that the online references are few and far between when it comes to defining image sizes. The best one is by Smashwords – themselves an e-publisher – and cover not only examples but an explanation for the layman of topics such as…
A beautiful little sequence by motion designer Al Boardman to represent some statistics from mountains around the world. Found via fubiz.net.
The British Design Museum has announced its nominations for the 2013 Design Awards, amongst them the fascinating Rain Room und the latest Windows Phone. But the nomination which interests me the most is the British government’s website gov.uk. The website is the latest version which attempts to begin bringing all of the various government websites under one roof; using…
I know: my web design profession means that I can never leave this site alone. But I must confess that I am longing for the cleanliness and easiness of a simpler blog: like the Tumblr blog I started last year, or the minimalist blog Marcel started recently. The truth is that the behemoth I…
The new, re-designed website is now online and is automatically optimized for visitors with iPads and smartphones. One of the aspects of the design is an improvement to how images in vertical format are displayed.
I have finally been able to completely re-build this website from the ground up, using responsive design principles and many new features. This first technical post summarizes the reasons behind the need for a new version.
A random image to keep you interested, while I continue to work on a new layout and technical features for the website.
First there was print, then recordings, then cinema, radio, TV, and the internet. Mobile is the seventh and latest form of mass media. And the smartphone is the fastest spreading technology in history. More iPhones are activated every day than babies are born. Read Jeffrey Zeldman’s notes on Luke Wroblewski’s “Mobile To The Future” presentation at An Event Apart Austin…
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears…
After two and a half years with the Burson-Marsteller Crossmedia team in Bern, I've decided to return to my roots as a programmer and technical developer and I'm moving across town to work for web agency !frappant from 1st April 2011.
My biggest work project in 2010 was the re-building of the wide network of websites for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of Burson-Marsteller.
Regular visitors will note that the new year saw two changes here at Permanent Tourist: namely, the reduction in size of images in articles and the re-naming of the section you're in now to "Blog".
A report in U.S. advertising publication Advertising Age a little while ago highlighted the interesting fact that for many companies, a presence in social media network Facebook is becoming statistically more popular than their own brand websites. However this change of tack may not necessarily be the best solution for businesses keen to promote their products and services.