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Groundhog Day

“ahhhhhh!” — is what I tweeted on this fine Sunday evening. (And some people choose not to follow me?) What provoked this dramatic outburst was every designers’ worst nightmare; a sudden urge to “redesign” their website. June 2009, August 2009, June 2010, May 2011, February 2012. At this point the cycle is hardly a surprise and I guess I should […]

What is the medium?

A must read on A List Apart: The Web Aesthetic, by Paul Robert Lloyd. The article above is jam packed with goodness. I’ve been racking my brain this year trying to understand the web as a medium and Paul does a wonderfully succinct job of encapsulating that idea in a way that I’ve never quite managed. To properly design […]

Agile Website Design

At Browser we’ve been transitioning into an Agile development process. If you know nothing about Agile, it involves breaking down a project into individual requirements and delivering them within an iterative release cycle. This not only allows for a feedback loop involving client and agency alike, but it also gives an evolving indication of time and […]

I’m bored with code

The state of the browser defines our freedom as website makers. Browsers are a constant source of frustration. For every step forward they take so does the horizon. New possibilities emerge; expectations are raised. What is seen as “modern” is always just beyond our ability. It has always been my desire to deliver websites at […]


I’ve been semi-offline for quite a while now. I took some weeks off to relax and enjoy the Olympics, so this is a short post to warm up my blogging fingers. (Not to suggest that — by jumping straight back behind the keyboard — I haven’t been inspired by the games, I’ve been running a hell […]

Re: Social Media Buttons

.net magazine recently published the Big question: should we drop social media buttons with opinions and anecdotes from various professionals. Two common arguments against them are: Page load Social widgets are massive. They’re effectively additional websites sandboxed within tiny iframes and most are poorly optimised. Facebook’s “like” button is appalling. This problem cannot be understated and I developed Socialite.js for exactly that […]

Vector graphics, Retina, and You

It’s Friday 13th. It’s been a long and productive week, I’ll try to keep this light-hearted :) I’m going to use this post to combine two rants. One on the use of the word “Retina”, another on live conference tweeting. I saw this retweeted the other day: “I think CSS is our best vector-based drawing tool in […]