All that Malarkey

For over fifteen years, my blog and Unfinished Business podcast have been popular with website designers and developers.


Chock full of design inspiration (part 3)

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing about the books on my studio bookcase, why I bought them and how they inspire me. (Catch up on parts one and two.) Here’s part three.

Art Direction for the Web video course available now on Skillshare and Vimeo

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard on a new ‘Art Direction for the Web’ video course to accompany my new book and I’m pleased to announce it’s now available to buy on Vimeo and watch on Skillshare.

Chock-full of design inspiration (part 2)

After I posted a photograph of my updated shelves on Twitter, several people asked about the books I’ve collected. Last week I started writing about them (catch up on part one) and here’s part two.

Chock-full of design inspiration (part 1)

Our shipment arrived home from Australia last week, and I had the chance to choose which of my design books and magazines to keep in my studio. After I posted a photograph of my updated shelves on Twitter, several people asked about the books I’ve collected, so over the next few weeks, I’m going to write about them.

Art Direction for the Web video course. Available soon.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard on a new Art Direction for the Web video course to accompany my new book. Today, I wanted to share a preview and the first episode of nine in the course.

Art Direction for the Web: Taking the lede

Last week I wrote about designing standfirst paragraphs, because they’re something which website designers frequently overlook. I said “don’t confuse a standfirst with a ’lead’ (or lede) paragraph” and several people asked me to clarify the difference.

Batificity

If you liked my Specificity Wars, you’re going to love Mandy Michae’s Batificity.

Art Direction for the Web: Designing standfirst paragraphs

Designers frequently overlook a few design elements if they remember them at all. Recently, I’ve noticed that the styles of typographic details like bylines, citations, dates and times are more often than not pulled from frameworks and pattern libraries and receive very little original thought.

Using multiple :not() selectors

Here’s a quick entry about something I learned just this week about :not() pseudo-class selectors and how to combine them.

Trigger man

Maybe, calling my open source web designer and developer contract a “Killer” wasn’t such a smart idea?