Posts about Design

  • Delivering mockups for WordPress Gutenberg

    How to mock up a website design when every page can be built individually and controlled completely by the editorial staff.

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  • How to get your visitors where they need to be

    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.

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  • Some website designs from my archive

    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.

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  • Store your design assets in one place with Lingo

    Store your design assets in one place with Lingo

    The new Lingo app (from The Noun Project) allows you to collate and manage your design assets in one place.

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  • Don’t do speculative work for web clients

    Don’t do speculative work for web clients

    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?

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  • “The fold” is still very important in web design

    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.

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  • Containers and modules in web design

    Using modules in front end web programming to allow more flexibility and more independence from site layouts for content elements.

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  • e-Book cover image sizes

    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 […]

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  • For The Love Of Mountains

    For The Love Of Mountains

    A beautiful little sequence by motion designer Al Boardman to represent some statistics from mountains around the world. Found via fubiz.net.

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  • Breaking the mould for website navigation

    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; […]

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  • Longing for simplicity

    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 (re-)launched […]

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  • Upright and proud

    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.

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  • The Six Year Itch

    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.

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  • Work In Progress

    A random image to keep you interested, while I continue to work on a new layout and technical features for the website.

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  • Mobile to the Future

    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 […]

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  • On death

    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 […]

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  • New role with web agency !frappant

    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.

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  • Technical case study: New websites for Burson-Marsteller EMEA

    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.

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  • Where did all the lovely big photos go?

    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”.

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  • Feeding the needs of fickle fans

    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.

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