A Proud Member

Standards geeks and designers are cuddling up.

With the launch of the Dutch after school club standards group Happy Clog and the proliferation of WaSP working groups, it seems that (maybe for warmth) standards geeks and designers are cuddling up.

British is best

Today, that gentleman of British web design Jon Hicks has given the Brit Pack what we have been waiting for, a shiny new logo.

A Proud Member

As you might have gathered, in the Brit Pack, our members often hang out and you might see our patriotic kegs in public more from now on.

This member is standing very proud, I can tell you.


  1. #1 On August 17, 2005 06:02 PM Sjors said:

    HAH! That's the best he could do? A pair of Austin Powers undies?

  2. #2 On August 17, 2005 06:03 PM Faruk Ateş said:


  3. #3 On August 17, 2005 06:12 PM Matt Robin said:

    Great logo!! (One wonders how long Jon 'actually' took perfecting it...y'know..re-drawing it until it was just right! #Laughs #)

    I seriously doubt I'll ever be a member (although I'm a Brit and proud of it too).

  4. #4 On August 17, 2005 06:33 PM Hayo Bethlehem said:

    Where can we order those sexy, sexy, pieces of clothing?

  5. #5 On August 17, 2005 06:40 PM John Oxton said:

    I am so proud of my member...ship that it's all I have on my site now

  6. #6 On August 17, 2005 07:02 PM Dean Edwards said:

    My pants are too big!

  7. #7 On August 17, 2005 07:02 PM Colly said:

    I'm polishing my member...ship badge tonight. It will be all shiny and proud when I've been at it a while.

  8. #8 On August 17, 2005 07:08 PM Malarkey said:

    It looks like only us Brits are understanding the knob gags! :)

  9. #9 On August 17, 2005 07:39 PM paul haine said:

    Wait...there are knob gags here?

  10. #10 On August 17, 2005 07:52 PM Matthew Pennell said:


  11. #11 On August 17, 2005 07:59 PM Matt Robin said:

    Two words you'll never see me use in the same sentance: 'gags' and 'knob'

    Exclusive members-hip of the Brit crowd....(by invitation only)

  12. #12 On August 17, 2005 08:32 PM Mike Stenhouse said:

    I've been wearing mine for a few hours now and they seem very comfortable. I like 'em! My 'Proud Member' is dressed to the left and slung low...

    Are they comfortable sir? Are they? Oooh, suits you sir!

  13. #13 On August 17, 2005 08:52 PM Ian Lloyd said:

    I reckon it might annoy a few people, us showing off our pants like this. But let me tell you these - we ain't droppin' our pants for no-one! **

    ** Yeah, I know, I know, double negative makes a postive.

  14. #14 On August 17, 2005 09:18 PM Jeroen Mulder said:

    Haha, brilliant idea and great execution! Looks like we'll need to do our best meeting that ;-)

  15. #15 On August 18, 2005 01:07 AM Sean Fraser said:

    I thought it 'twere Speedos for those vacation caravans to Brighton or Black Pool. What's needed is a group photograph all dressed in their formidable Speedos of all the wankers.

    Sorry. It should have typed ...for all of the wankers.

  16. #16 On August 18, 2005 01:40 PM Richard Conyard said:

    'tsk, that logo is pants!

    Can I get mine exta large with a dragon on the front?

  17. #17 On August 18, 2005 04:32 PM Simon Jessey said:

    So how would you classify a British web designer who scarpered across the pond in pursuit of a tasty Yank bird? I've been over here for 4 years now, but I'm still holding my British passport. Do I qualify as a member of the Brit Pack, or do I get lumped in with them colonial types now?

  18. #18 On August 18, 2005 06:32 PM Malarkey said:

    @ Simon Jessey:

    From what you say, you scarpered off with a 'native' American lady. I would say that makes you Dances With Wolves! ;)

  19. #19 On August 18, 2005 07:08 PM Sean Fraser said:

    @ Richard Conyard:

    Oh.... a wrapper for an Everlasting Gobstopper.

  20. #20 On August 18, 2005 08:35 PM Simon Jessey said:

    @ Malarkey: "From what you say, you scarpered off with a 'native' American lady."

    She's no squaw, if that's what you mean. She's actually from Kentucky, but her heart is in North Carolina. Dances With Wolves was a great movie, although "Stands With A Fist" (now "Laura Roslin") annoyed me a bit!

  21. #21 On August 18, 2005 11:01 PM Andy Saxton said:

    More fine work from the house of Hicks.
    Now if I work hard enough I may one day get a pair of the special pants too.
    Here's to dreams...

  22. #22 On August 18, 2005 11:18 PM Matt Robin said:

    Andy (Saxton): #nods # I echo your thoughts....one day...#sniffles #....I might be worthy enough to get such fine pants* too!

  23. #23 On August 19, 2005 01:15 PM Tomas said:

    Hey Hicks, mind if I ask you if you could do a logo for a similar group in Germany? Something like a beach towel on a pool chair maybe? Working title right now is the WebKrauts btw.

  24. #24 On August 19, 2005 04:00 PM Anton said:

    Seems a bit elitist to me.

    And yes, I know its all in good fun - but what's the line between nationalism vs. racism, sexism or theism?
    Should it be offensive that you have a club that excludes people solely based on where they are from?

    Remember people, segregation is bad.

  25. #25 On August 19, 2005 11:04 PM Malarkey said:

    @ Tomas Caspers:
    I ask you if you could do a logo for a similar group in Germany? Something like a beach towel on a pool chair maybe? Working title right now is the WebKrauts btw.


    @ Anton:
    Tomas' comment is better than any answer to your question than I could write. If we can't make fun of our own national stereotypes, who can? :)

  26. #26 On August 19, 2005 11:30 PM Jens Grochtdreis said:

    Hi Andy,
    the Britpack and Happy Clog finally gave me the kick to ask aloud in my blog if there would be interest in a similar group in Germany. The reaction was fast and very positive. And similar to you we don't take ourselves too serious. So WebKrauts is founded and on its way!

    The next weeks will be interesting as we want to give ourselves some tasks. The voice for webstandards in Germany should be louder in the nearer future. That's my hope.

    And maybe we will decide to publish both in German and in English so it could be a better exchange between the webstandards-groups.

  27. #27 On August 22, 2005 10:28 AM Mark Boulton said:

    'WebKrauts' - brilliant. Like Andy says, I think we need more people making fun of national stereotypes. So, who's up next?

  28. #28 On August 23, 2005 05:32 PM Anton said:

    Point well taken - Hats off to everyone involved!
    (and yes, even Americans get the 'knob' joke - we do know how to read things in context, after all).

    I'd suggest an American Pack, but I fear that the 800px-wide Flag wouldn't fit well on people's screens!! *poke*