Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Vinyl sales made more than downloads last week

This is heart-warming news. I used to listen to vinyl records with friends when I was younger but when the world had already moved to CDs. My friend had a huge vinyl collection and a turntable and hi-fi that did it justice. There was something beautifully ritualistic about it. The form factor made it special. The sheer size of the album, the artwork and the way in which the record could be damaged so easily caused one to treat it with a certain care and reverence. I'm sure it had an effect on the way we listened to the music.

Friday, 14 October 2016

It’s ok to think out loud about organisational culture

A follow-up to Giles's "It's ok to..." poster post.

The point is: simply writing something that says what’s ok in your organisation can be the catalyst for positive change. It’s not so much about what’s on the list, but the fact that you have a list at all.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Autodesk Animator

A lovely blog post discussing the excavation and preservation of the venerable Autodesk Animator, which just so happens to be the application I started my career on. It's the thing I spent most of my time in during my apprenticeship, along with a little 3D Studio. The computer we used to run them was an epically powerful (at the time) 486 running at 25Mhz. I love a bit of software history, especially when it's as richly storied as this.

I also came across the rather interesting looking Aseprite pixel art and animation software.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Saturday, 10 September 2016

The imitation game

Progressive thinking on Progressive Web Apps from Jeremy.

If anything, my advice for building a progressive web app would be the exact opposite of Owen’s: don’t forget everything you’ve learned about web design. In my opinion, the term “progressive web app” can be read in order of priority:

  1. Progressive—build in a layered way so that anyone can access your content, regardless of what device or browser they’re using, rewarding the more capable browsers with more features.
  2. Web—you’re building for the web. Don’t lose sight of that. URLs matter. Accessibility matters. Performance matters.
  3. App—sure, borrow what works from native apps if it makes sense for your situation.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

UK government to ban microbeads from cosmetics by end of 2017

About time.

Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic in products such as facial scrubs and makeup. Some are visible to the naked eye, but others are as tiny as one micrometre. Conservationists have warned that they can affect fish growth and persist in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food.

Which means when we eat said fish and mussels they persist in our guts too.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Friday, 2 September 2016


This is a great little JavaScript library for creating a complimentary gradient based on the dominant colours of an image. The results on the demo page work well. The code is interesting, too. A great example of modern JavaScript.