Design

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.

8th April 2016 | Read more »

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.

22nd March 2016 | Read more »

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?

6th November 2015 | Read more »

“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.

21st July 2015 | Read more »

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.

29th June 2015 | Read more »

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…

2nd January 2014 | Read more »

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.

3rd October 2013 | Read more »

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…

10th April 2013 | Read more »

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…

4th April 2013 | Read more »

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.

2nd December 2012 | Read more »

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.

20th November 2012 | Read more »

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.

1st November 2012 | Read more »

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…

12th July 2012 | Read more »

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…

6th October 2011 | Read more »

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.

4th January 2011 | Read more »

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.

3rd January 2011 | Read more »

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".

3rd January 2011 | Read more »

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.

3rd November 2010 | Read more »

coll8 Social Media Streaming

coll8, named as an abbreviation of the English word "collate", allows users of the WordPress publishing software to provide website visitors with a page which collates all of their social media streams into one place: from Twitter and Flickr to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube and Google Reader.

25th September 2010 | Read more »

Work project honoured by Anthrazit magazine

Both we at Burson-Marsteller Crossmedia and our client were delighted to find out earlier this week that the website gene-abc.ch, which we re-developed and re-launched during 2009, has received a place in the annual awards given by Anthrazit magazine here in Switzerland for the “Best 200 Swiss Websites of the Year”.

11th February 2010 | Read more »

The Long and Short of It

A summary of how I feel about sharing and distributing content in the internet, how one should integrate and use RSS feeds and summaries, and why my perfect solution may not be your perfect solution.

15th December 2009 | Read more »

Why opening new browser windows for external links is pointless

Don't you just hate it when you've been using the internet for a little while and you have a mass of browser windows to battle with? Where the hell did that website go, that you were looking at earlier? Both of these annoyances are entirely unnecessary, and this article explains why.

12th November 2009 | Read more »

Good Transparency

When you receive a tip of a cool piece of design from a company like Information Architects, whose Web Trend Maps are exquisite in their detail, you know it's going to be something good.

5th August 2009 | Read more »

Technical case study: Rütli

Details of the new website for Swiss national historic location Rütli, combined with a brief explanation of the meadow's history.

6th July 2009 | Read more »