web design

Speaking at WordCamp Bern

Through my participation of the regular and sociable “WordPress Meetup” in Bern, I was one of the volunteers who helped organize the WordCamp conference in Switzerland’s capital last weekend.

Screen resolutions in Sketch

Defining custom artboards in Sketch to better reflect modern screen resolutions.

Tailoring your web design process to site visitors’ needs

An analysis of the visitor statistics during a recent web project showed that a large number of visitors were visiting the site using medium-small devices with 1024px x 768px screens. This corresponds to an iPad held in horizontal format. But further research into the statistics showed that a large proportion of the visitors with this screen… (Read More)

Website: Gemeinde Interlaken

Eleven years later, and Interlaken Town Council are still using the website I built for them. It may not be programmed for optimal use on mobile devices, pre-dating the iPhone by three years, but it still works flawlessly.

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.

Vertical rhythm in web typography

…doesn’t have anything to do with jumping up and down to music. Sadly. Typographic principles are just as valid in designing for the web as they are in designing for traditional media. Through the application of a very simple mathematical principle, a design becomes more peaceful and the visitor is calmed by a subliminally identifiable pattern. (Our… (Read More)

Front-page slideshows are bad for your website

Whether because they slow down the loading of the site, get in the way of what the visitor is looking for, or are often ignored as a type of ad banner, many websites would benefit from moving away from these legacy page elements to implement better and more user-friendly alternatives.

“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.

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.

A website is never finished

You start off with an idea, progress it to a concept, make a design, fiddle with it for too long, then turn it into a working prototype. If all goes well, then you’re in for a couple more rounds of revisions and improvements, then the site gets filled with content and you launch the site.… (Read More)