Starting afresh with a new sheep skin

11 June, 2013

This blog became an unwieldy mess and I’ve been meaning to clean it up for a long, long time. But I’ve finally come to accept that’s never going to happen, so I’m taking a different approach: I’m stripping it right down and letting it evolve into a new unwieldy mess.

Spring Lamb by Tim Pokorny (

So, what you see today is the very basics of WordPress’s own Twenty Twelve theme (with my usual addition of #04c as the link colour; Microsoft went to the trouble to research it, so it seems foolish not to use it).

Because I’d made so many bespoke tweaks to the css and templates, many of my older posts have now lost their custom designs and look even worse than they did before. Sorry.

But give it time and it will begin to look lived in (I won’t be able to resist messing around with it in a clumsy, ad-hoc way). Just don’t expect any method to the madness.

The content’s still the same; that certainly won’t get any better.

HTML5 Readiness

19 May, 2010

This is a very nice demonstration of what HTML5/CSS3 is capable of, and shows how ready the various browsers are for it.

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"Mad Libs" Style Form Increases Conversion 25-40%

8 March, 2010

This is really interesting, because I always assumed that online registration forms were easier to use if their components were separated clearly.

This post suggests that in fact a narrative paragraph containing the form fields in-line is more likely to encourage use.

Thanks to Martin Black for drawing my attention to this on Twitter.

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22 October, 2009

Jon Bounds just tweeted this, which is just stunning:

“GoodMorning! is a Twitter visualization tool which shows about 11,000 tweets collected over a 24 hour period between August 20th and 21st. The tweets were harvested to find people saying ‘good morning’ in English as well as several other languages.”

GoodMorning! Full Render #2 from blprnt on Vimeo.

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Web Design Dashboard

30 September, 2009

A set of very handy lists of online web development tools, neatly and clearly laid out. Covers inspiration and design as well as markup, coding and marketing.

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