Posts about website

  • Lucky Thirteen

    This website turns thirteen today.

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  • Screenshot of Kipfer holiday apartment, Faulensee, Switzerland

    Technical case study: simple, invisible language switching

    Using a website visitor’s browser settings to seamlessly display content in a language they can understand.

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  • Investment in a proper website concept is usually the least expensive option

    Spending money on an informed, experienced website concept document will usually work out cheaper than trying to battle through for days on your own. It will also mean that the end result will be more reliable and more likely to properly present your business online.

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  • The minimum viable product

    A stripped-back, simple WordPress theme for my personal website, which I can begin extending as and when I have the time.

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  • Technical case study: the SBB CFF FFS brand panel

    Using modern web technologies to replicate the ubiquitous red panel used by Swiss railway company SBB CFF FFS.

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  • More photos than you can shake a stick at

    That’s the long-term plan, anyway. As promised in a previous blog post, I’ve completed the new Photos section of the site, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of permanenttourist.ch. Nothing is ever truly finished around here, so there will be improvements and tweaks as time goes on. It’s better to get something working online, than to spend […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Hotel Posthuis, Melchsee Frutt

    Hotel Posthuis in Melchsee Frutt gets a shiny new website, to say thank you for all their hospitality through the years.

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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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  • Funky Kitchen Club website

    Remembering my work in 2008 on Swiss t.v.’s Funky Kitchen Club.

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  • Automatically detecting browser language using htaccess

    The tourism organization for Lake Lucerne has just launched a great-looking new website. Modern design, nice typography, beautiful pictures and a simple navigation all add to the experience. But one small improvement could be made by adding a few simple lines of code to the .htaccess file: making sure that visitors to the site automatically […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • Time Out Switzerland

    Many will be familiar with the Time Out magazine, website and guidebooks, which have been around – according to suitable technology, of course – since 1968. But it’s although it’s taken them a while to find Switzerland, the extension to their website isn’t bad at all. It obviously focuses on the bigger cities and more well-known […]

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  • 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 I subsequently produced the website on the base […]

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  • How to keep you interested

    With such a plethora of photographic websites online, both good and not so good, it’s increasingly difficult to gain a reasonable readership of a blog. Blogs have been historically prone to their authors over-thinking their purpose, and aiming for a much wider audience than they are realistically going to achieve. Most blogs have a small […]

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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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