For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Even today with its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront, the West Pier is still the most photographed building in Brighton.
The video of my talk at this year’s Beyond Tellerrand. I was pleased with how this went, except for the bit 16 minutes in when I suddenly lost the ability to speak.
A wonderful, wonderful history of the web from Dave at this year’s Beyond Tellerrand conference. I didn’t get to see this at the time—I was already on the way back home—so I got Dave to give me the gist of it over lunch. He undersold it. This is a fascinating story, wonderfully told.
So gather round the computer, kids, and listen to Uncle Dave tell you about times gone by.
The video of Richard’s great talk on responsive typography at the Up Front conference.
A great presentation from Stephen. He takes a thoughtful look at our processes and tools.
I really like the way that Paul’s talk builds on top of ideas laid down by Ethan and Frank. Good stuff.
A beautiful bit of design fiction.
SmashingConf Oxford 2015: Richard Rutter on Don’t Give Them What They Want, Give Them What They Need
A great case study from Richard, walking through the process of redesigning the website for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
This is a talk I gave at An Event Apart about eighteen months ago, all about irish music, the web, long-term thinking, and yes, you guessed it—progressive enhancement.
Yet another brilliant far-ranging talk from Bret Victor.
I’ve tried to get him to come and speak at dConstruct for the past few years, but alas, with no success.
Seb will be running this workshop again at the start of February—details here. I can’t recommend it highly enough—it’s so, so good!
Scenes of space from sci-fi films.
A vision of humanity’s exploration of our solar system.
A cute videolette on web standards.
Patty Toland — Design Consistency For The Responsive Web (Smashing Conference Freiburg 2014) on Vimeo
Patty’s excellent talk on responsive design and progressive enhancement. Stick around for question-and-answer session at the end, wherein I attempt to play hardball, but actually can’t conceal my admiration and the fact that I agree with every single word she said.
You can catch a glimpse of my Daft Punk impression in this video of Seb’s frickin’ lasers.
A really nice little documentary about my friend Jeffrey.
Remember when I was talking about refactoring the markup for Code for America? Well, it turns out that Heydon Pickering is way ahead of me.
He talks about the viewpoint of a writer (named Victoria) who wants to be able to write in Markdown, or HTML, or a textarea, without having to add classes to everything. That’s going to mean more complex CSS, but it turns out that you can do a lot of complex things in CSS without using class selectors.
There are slides.
Here’s the very brief talk I gave about Indie Web Camp at Aral’s Indie Tech Summit here in Brighton a little while back (I was in the slightly-demeaningly-titled “stop gaps” section).
If you like what you hear, come along to the next Indie Web Camp—also in Brighton—in just over three weeks.
45 years ago today.
A look at the architectural history of the network hubs of New York: 32 Avenue of the Americas and 60 Hudson Street. Directed by Davina Pardo and written by her husband Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Centre of the Internet.
These buildings were always used as network hubs. It’s just that the old networks were used to house the infrastructure of telephone networks (these were the long line buildings).
In a way, the big server hotel of New York—111 Eight Avenue—was also always used to route packets …it’s just that the packets used to be physical.
A short film about Claude Shannon and Information Theory — not exactly as in-depth as James Gleick’s The Information, but it does a nice job of encapsulating the fundamental idea.
A profile of Demetrios Matsakis, keeper of time at U.S. Naval Observatory, America’s equivalent to Greenwich in its importance for timekeeping in the modern world.
I finally got around to reading Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua recently. It’s like Nick Harkaway crossed with Jeff Noon.
Here’s hoping that this short film will be developed into a full-length feature.
This fun-looking short film—funded by Brighton’s Lighthouse Arts—is screening at the Duke Of York’s Cinema on Saturday, March 1st followed by a panel discussion with the director and science-comedienne Helen Keen.
This was my favourite moment from the Handheld conference in Cardiff.
This is the talk I gave at the border:none event in Nuremberg last month. I really enjoyed it. This was a chance to gather together some thoughts I’ve been mulling over for a while about how we approach front-end development today …and tomorrow.
Warning: it does get quite ranty towards the end.
Also: it is only now that the video is released that I see I spent the entire talk looking like a dork with a loop of wire sticking out of the back of my head.
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
Iain M.Banks and dConstruct, together at last.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic documentary on graphic design, courtesy of its producer Edward Tufte.
The closing hot topics panel I moderated at this year’s Mobilism conference in Amsterdam, featuring Remy, Wilto, Jake, and Dan.
I gave the opening keynote at the Beyond Tellerand conference a few weeks back. I’m talked about the web from my own perspective, so expect excitement and anger in equal measure.
This was a new talk but it went down well, and I’m quite happy with it.
My presentation from the Industry conference in Newcastle a little while back, when I stepped in for John Allsopp to deliver the closing talk.
A lovely little highlight reel that Craig put together from the Responsive Day Out.
A design fiction video depicting technology that helps and hinders in equal measure.
A beautiful short film on the amazing work being done at the Internet Archive, produced on the occasion of their 10 petabyte celebration.
A short film about interaction design.
Ethan’s excellent talk from last year’s An Event Apart.
In this session Ethan reviews strategies for handling trickier elements that would make even the most seasoned designer quail: stuff like advertising, complex layouts, deep navigation patterns, third-party media, and, yes, actual, honest-to-goodness content.
This is my opening talk from Smashing conference a few months back in Freiburg, where I used to live.
Peter Saville talks about the enduring appeal of his cover for Unknown Pleasures.
I like to think of all the variations and mashups as not just tributes to Joy Division, but tributes to Jocelyn Bell Burnell too.
This is the talk I gave at the Webdagene conference in Norway a few weeks back. I called it Responsive Enhancement but I think the Norwegian title translates as “Improvements Through Responsive Design.”
A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.
A short piece on the experiment that James conducted with Lighthouse in the foyer of the Cleareft office building, trying to show some kind of physical representation of coding.
I’m going to be attending Seb’s CreativeJS and HTML5 course in Brighton on September 13th and 14th …and I strongly suspect that it’s going to be great.
A little something to whet your appetite for dConstruct: Scott’s superb talk from this year’s Mobilism conference in Amsterdam.
Another beautiful timelapse video made from photographs taken from the International Space Station.
The music from Sunshine gets me every time.
A great talk on the nature of the web that Paul gave in Copenhagen recently.
A beautiful short film about The Long Now Foundation’s Rosetta Project.
Some of these hacks created at the Science Hack Day in Eindhoven are seriously nuts. That’s “nuts” as in “brilliant”.
A fantastic taste of what you can expect in Seb’s Creative Coding workshop.
I really enjoyed Matt’s talk from Webstock. I know some people thought it might be a bit of a downer but I actually found it very inspiring.
The video that was played at Jeffrey’s inauguration into the South by Southwest Interactive Hall of Fame.
The video of my talk from Webstock, all about wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff like networks and memory.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
I loved this talk from Travis at New Adventures in Web Design, especially when he talked of the importance of Geocities and MySpace in democratising creative expression on the web.
We may have later bonded over that Ze Frank quote while in the toilet at the after-party …there may have even been hugs.
The video of my presentation on digital preservation at last year’s Build conference.
Our communication methods have improved over time, from stone tablets, papyrus, and vellum through to the printing press and the World Wide Web. But while the web has democratised publishing, allowing anyone to share ideas with a global audience, it doesn’t appear to be the best medium for preserving our cultural resources: websites and documents disappear down the digital memory hole every day. This presentation will look at the scale of the problem and propose methods for tackling our collective data loss.
Kyle’s paper skills are truly impressive.
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
This is the talk I gave at An Event Apart through 2010. It’s all about interaction design with some examples from Huffduffer.
A lovely timelapse tilt-shift video of Brighton.
The video of the opening keynote I delivered at the Breaking Development conference in Nashville earlier this year. It expands on the One Web presentation I gave at DIBI, focusing on the language we use to talk about our approaches to web development.
Gorgeous time-lapse footage from the astronauts in the International Space Station.
One of the opening lightning talks at Science Hack Day in San Francisco by Sean Herron of NASA.
A time-lapse video of Tokyo transportation.
This whole “supercut” thing …you still don’t get it, do you?
If you live in the States, please, please, for the love of the internet, write to your representative at fightforthefuture.org/pipa
An addendum to the excellent Everything Is A Remix series, focusing on the influences on The Matrix.
A slick little video that goes behind the scenes of the Boston Globe site.
The story behind one of the winning photographs at this year’s Astronomy Photographer Of The Year that I was lucky enough to attend. This is beautiful.
Valuable advice from Slowtron on cooking perfect longpork.
Accidental camera drops serve a purpose as part of a larger narrative.
Jake’s talk at DIBI earlier this year was absolutely fantastic. It features a rape reference, a story about pissing, and a Human Centipede metaphor.
It’s also very, very informative. Watch this.
The video of my talk/rant at the DIBI conference in Newcastle/Gateshead earlier this year, for your viewing pleasure.
Brighton hacker Jason Hotchkiss demos his music-generating lava lamps in this promo video for the Brighton Maker Faire taking place the day after dConstruct.
Tom talks about “Things Rules Do.”
A great presentation on contracts and payment by Mike Monteiro …and his lawyer.
Just imagine the world we would be living in if it weren’t for the warnings given to us by these film-makers.
On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.
A demo reel for the proposed solution to a very, very, very long term problem.
Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.
Everything is worth preserving and protecting.
I answered a few questions right after giving my talk at the Phare conference in Ghent.
A short recap of last season’s Layer Tennis, including the Olly Moss vs. Tom Whalen match I commentated on.
Building a city with staples in thirty hours.
One potential nightmare vision of the future …that looks kind of cool.
Part two of Kirby Ferguson’s series focuses on films. Creation requires influence.
Things Rules Do is twenty minutes that looks at games of all forms, and the rules and systems that make their skeleton. It’s about the weird things that rules can do, beyond “tell you how to play”, such as inspire mastery, encourage deviance, and tell stories.
A great presentation by Andy on the use of progressive enhancement at Clearleft.
I should get out there and make a few drops in Brighton.
A gorgeous visualisation of Wikipedia data from History Hack Day. Watch the shape of the world emerge over time.
Brendan giving one of the “inspired sessions” at last year’s Flash On The Beach one evening in the Brighton Dome.
Design fictional biohacking.
A gorgeous sci-fi short film with some fine interface porn.
My last 2,000 pictures on Flickr, assembled courtesy of pummelvision.com
A very cute Christmas message from Torchbox.
This is the reason why we chose Vzaar for hosting the videos on the Reprieve website.
One of the more frightening things I've ever seen on the internet.
Interactive visualizations of what's happening right now.