Work

A new role at WordPress agency cubetech

After six years with my current employer, the time has come to move into a role which better suits my abilities and which will provide me with new challenges. I'm really excited that I've been asked to join WordPress agency Cubetech in Bern as Head of Development.

27th February 2017 | Read more »

!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: the SBB CFF FFS brand panel

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

28th September 2016 | 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.

12th August 2016 | 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 »

My First App

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

26th November 2015 | 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 »

How to make a bad impression

A cold call from Bharti Consulting Services SARL in Paris quickly escalates into harassment and arrogance.

12th May 2014 | 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 »

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 »

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…

4th July 2012 | Read more »

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…

3rd July 2012 | Read more »

Moving across Bern

After two and a half years with international marketing and p.r. agency Burson-Marsteller, today is my last day in the Crossmedia team in Bern.

25th March 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 »

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 »

All Staff 2010

Photos from a Burson-Marsteller company trip to canton Thurgau in north eastern Switzerland.

20th June 2010 | Read more »

All Staff

Black and white images from previous work trips out to Zürich, Basel and Neuchâtel.

15th June 2010 | Read more »

New Desk Memories

I’ve been going through my website recently to tidy up some of the older archived articles and came across this collage of the desk where I worked in Brienz until 2008. Since then, I’ve been working in Bern and I decided that about time I took a new collage…

28th May 2010 | Read more »

Portraits, Volume One

I’ve been meaning to get around to producing a regular magazine-type publication of my photography for some time now. Future issues are likely to contain a periodic review of an event, a portrait session or a trip away. The first issue is now online in the Permanent Tourist account…

12th February 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 »

Crossmedia Team at Burson-Marsteller

A gallery of portrait images I've taken of team colleagues at work, for use on the team website.

12th September 2009 | Read more »