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Search & Responsive Design

As a Websitemaker the only thing you need to know about search engines (Google) is that they rank quality and relevance. Not the density of keywords, not the number of inbound links, certainly not the colour of your hat. Applying an “SEO” perspective to your website is one more obfuscated step between you and your users. […]

Socialite 2 Preview

I’ve just uploaded a developer preview of Socialite v2.0 over at GitHub. Socialite allows you to delay the loading of social sharing buttons (which aren’t very popular at the moment [1] [2]). This speeds up the load of important content dramatically. It also means you can initialise new buttons for dynamically loaded content at any time. Version 2 […]

The Restriction of Type

Responsive website design is incredibly difficult to get right. It’s often said that designing for content is the key to success. In the screenshots below you can see the websites of Elliot Jay Stocks, Jeffrey Zeldman, and Information Architects, all of which have had a redesign/realign this year with content as their priority and thus typography as their paintbrush. There are […]

JavaScript Bookmarklets

I love a good JavaScript bookmarklet. They’re fun to play with and a great way to hack around on a live website with new code without affecting anyone else’s experience. They can also become part of your service; think Readability’s ‘Read Now’ or Pinterest’s ‘Pin it!’. A bookmarklet begins with the following shell: Here we’re enclosing a self-invoking function within a basic URI […]


It’s 2012, why are we still seeing websites assemble like Optimus Prime? In January I wrote Web Design: 2012 and Beyond to highlight points of interest for the coming year. On interactivity I asked, “Is the page reload a thing of the past?”. ‘Web apps’ are all the rage, and while we shouldn’t be trying to copy native […]

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring at Browser. If you like making stuff for the Web you’ll fit right in. The roles that need filling are a Junior Digital Designer/Developer (1 year’s experience needed) and an Intern Digital Designer (no experience, but lots of skills and ambition). Hit the website for more info and contact details. Recruitment agencies, try: +44 (0) 8705 244622.

Paydirt: You’re Doing It Wrong

We don’t spend hours debugging obscure IE bugs… Neither do I, yet my websites work just fine in Internet Explorer. Just over a month after the last “we’re dropping IE support” publicity stunt, another tech start-up has successfully hit pay dirt with the exact same bullshit (read: actively blocking IE). I realise that by sharing this link bait I’m feeding the trolls, […]

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