!frappant

!frappant–a cross-media production company–was my employer between 2011 and spring 2017.

!frappant Desk Memories

The desk at my third employer in Switzerland isn’t in as nice an office as the white-and-red-brick one at Burson-Marsteller, and the view – of a car park and dusty four-storey apartment block common to the Breitenrain district – isn’t a patch on the one I had of…

17th February 2017 | Read more »

Technical case study: SBB RCS

The latest project we've launched at !frappant is for SBB (Swiss Railways): a microsite for the Rail Control System team, which promotes their work controlling the flow of rail traffic throughout the national network.

18th May 2016 | Read more »

Technical case study: CSS Flexbox for BEKB Flash

CSS Flexbox has been ready for mainstream use for a while now, and I've implemented it on a third client project for my employer.

31st March 2016 | Read more »

Technical case study: !frappant

My employer re-branded recently, which meant a new corporate identity and a new website using Zurb Foundation, CSS Flexbox and TYPO3.

3rd March 2016 | Read more »

Multilingual list of Swiss localities

We could do with a comprehensive, multilingual list of Swiss localities for work projects, so after a bit of digging and a suggestion from Habi, I came across a reference on which to base the list. After tidying it and converting it to tab-separated format (for optimal use in…

23rd February 2016 | Read more »

Portraits by candle-light

Relaxed portraits with a shallow depth-of-field at a recent company event.

25th January 2016 | Read more »

Reusability thanks to modular coding

My erstwhile mentor in Brienz taught me throughout our years working together that if a website functionality is worth creating, it's worth creating so that it can be used in more than one project. Programme once, install many times. This is a credo I've maintained since I started programming for content management systems and one I try to pass on when working with other programmers.

20th August 2015 | Read more »

Technical case study: Responsive images at Friendly Work Space

I'm not a fan of one-page websites, as a rule. But making sure that they load as quickly as possible goes a long way to making them acceptable.

17th August 2015 | Read more »

It’s all about content – open data and the web

When coming up with ideas for new websites or coming up with a use for a new design idea, the reason for the website or app is often on which slows the initial impetus for a designer or front-end coder. Sure, you have this great idea for a design, but what to use it for?

19th June 2015 | Read more »

Adding diagonal edges to HTML elements

Using CSS pseudo elements to add diagonal borders and edges to the sides of block level elements.

10th December 2014 | Read more »

“Aareböötle”

I took part in our company day out yesterday, when we went down the river Aare from Schwellenmätteli in Bern, beneath the towering heights of Bern’s old city, to Eymatt, on the north western edge of the city suburbs. Although it sounds like a city-centre trip,…

31st August 2013 | Read more »

Technical case study: Bike To Work

Back in 2011, the organizers of Bike To Work Switzerland approached my employer !frappant Webfactory to re-develop their website and the participants’ admin system. I worked with a third-party usability consultant to re-think and re-design the project, before I carried out the design work in Photoshop and the team and…

10th July 2013 | Read more »

Flexible by default

One of the great things about being responsible for the technical direction of a team of developers is that you get to bring your ideas to a project and, in many instances, try out new techniques which would otherwise only be seen on a personal website or blog. I wrote at the beginning of the year about the Burson-Marsteller EMEA websites, which I programmed and produced for my previous employer using Wordpress, a lot of long days and troublesome code reviews, and the knowledge I've gained over the past goodness knows how many years of programming for blog websites. The result was a whole year's worth of coding experience, which stood me in good stead for getting back into the stream of web development.

12th December 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 »

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 »

Satzart/!frappant/book4you/flabs anniversary

A small selection of my favourite photos from the Satzart/!frappant/book4you/flabs anniversary party, in Uptown on the hill at Gurten, on the outskirts of Bern.

5th November 2009 | Read more »

SprainTV

SprainTV

Manuel Reinhard (also known through his personal website and Twitter stream as "sprain") has recently launched a regular video podcast in review of the week's happenings in the Swiss internet scene.

15th October 2009 | Read more »