The dream job

It was inevitable, I suppose, that I would, one day, have to start applying my experience to the Day Job instead of just my hours. Instead of just being the go-to-guy for programming, I’d have to take over a more responsible role and help other people to learn the craft and expertise of web development. When I started out 22…

The dream job

!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 the lake and the mountains in Brienz. Nevertheless, it…

!frappant Desk Memories

My First App

Experiences building my first ever phone app, using Cordova and jQuery to deliver content from a WordPress installation.

My First App

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…

Reusability thanks to modular coding

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 of the…

Technical case study: Bike To Work

Brain Dump

A great coincidence, after yesterday’s post, that US web developer Jason Santa Maria has linked to a list of tips by Pixar story artist Emma Coats, who has tweeted a series of “story basics” recently: guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories. The tips are just as useful…

Brain Dump

Squirrel!

One of the greatest problems that I face on a daily basis is that of a lack of focus. I love to do so many things – taking and editing photos, creating designs for websites and books, programming – that when I’m fired up, it’s difficult to know where to start and where – or even when – to stop.

Squirrel!

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…

Flexible by default