Stuff & Nonsense. Website designers in North Wales

We’re Stuff & Nonsense, a UK website design agency with a worldwide reputation for designing websites that look beautiful and work wonderfully on every type of device. We’re one of 2014’s top five ‘Agencies Of The Year’ at the Net Magazine awards.

Fabulously flexible website design

Our website designs have helped businesses of all sizes, organisations, government bodies and charities, in the UK and across the world.

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  • Evolve Beyond
  • ISO
  • Pairoo
  • STV
  • WIPO

Writing and speaking

We write books about website design and articles about what we do, speak at conferences and teach at workshops.

Books

As well as numerous articles in web design publications, Andrew Clarke’s authored two influential books on website design and development; the best-selling ‘Transcending CSS’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Hardboiled Web Design.’

And all that ‘Malarkey’

For ten years our blog’s been a popular destination for thousands of website designers and developers.

Unfinished Business 113 ‘Dicking around with an algorithm’ with Cennydd Bowles and Noah Stokes

I’ve been looking forward to speaking with Cennydd Bowles for months and for Unfinished Business 113, Cennydd joins me and my other special guest, product designer Noah Stokes. We kick off by talking about Richard Rutter’s web typography book, but soon the conversation switches to whether, and why, current web designs are lacking ‘soul.’ This is something Noah and I have been speaking and writing over recent months and something that I partly blame on our fixation with user-experience and product design. Does Cennydd agree? You‘ll have to listen to the show to find out.

Unfinished Business 111 ‘I got no beef with the Turks’ with Brendan Dawes and Aaron Draplin

Apologies in advance if you’re German or a Turk, as this week on episode 111 of Unfinished Business, I’m joined by artist Brendan Dawes and designer Aaron Draplin.

We start by talking about spice jars and car boot (garage) sales, but unsurprisingly our conversation soon veers wildly off topic as we discuss how Aaron’s struggling to keep up with demands on his time, how designers can make money selling merchandise and more, much, much more. If you know either Aaron or Brendan, you’ll also know that you’re in for a fast-paced, fun-filled sixty minutes.

The inevitable price

This week at Smashing Conference in New York, I had the very great pleasure of meeting Chris Lilley. I recognised Chris’ name, but it took me a day to remember that he had been the chairman of the ‘Style and Formatting Properties Working Group’ at the W3C, a precursor to the CSS Working Group. Chris is a hugely important person in the history of the web.

Video of my ‘Take your stinking paws off my design you damn dirty developers’ talk

When we were in Australia earlier this year, we stopped in Sydney to speak at John Allsopp’s Respond Conference and to teach a workshop. A few weeks before those events, John emailed me:

The folks at SydCSS are fantastic supporters of our events, and last year we did a couple of shared events with them. I’ve dobbed you and I to do a short presentation (it will be the night of Respond.)

Unfinished Business 110 ‘That pig was a good influence’ with Jeremy Keith and Jeffrey Zeldman

Last week was Jeffrey Zeldman’s website’s 20th birthday, so this week he joins me and Jeremy Keith on Unfinished Business 110 to talk about the anniversary. We start by discussing Jeremy’s 100 words for 100 days writing project and how it’s inspired me to change the way that I think about writing on our blog and posting to our portfolio. We talk about the importance of writing for yourself as well as for others and why writing on your own website is important. With it being the twentieth anniversary of Jeffrey’s own site, we also talk about whether it’s important to archive older designs for posterity.

Oh, and please don’t skip this week’s after show segment as boy-oh-boy (girl-oh-girl, man-oh-man, woman-oh-woman) do the sparks fly! We discuss Mad Men, Mad Max and whether advertising can ever be considered as important as a book or a film and, let’s just say, things get very heated.