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 of topics such as…

e-Book cover image sizes

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; using…

Breaking the mould for website navigation

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…

Longing for simplicity

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.

Upright and proud

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.

The Six Year Itch

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 at An Event Apart Austin…

Mobile to the Future

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 Life’s change agent. It clears…

On death

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.

Feeding the needs of fickle fans