Archive: 2011



The change you want to see

Make the poop or get off the pot.

Retreat 4 Geeks 2012

Want to join me on a horse ranch in the Rockies?


A Christmas letter.

The last show of the year

I left my Event Apart in San Francisco.

One week of Map Tales

A grab-bag of stories, illustrated with maps.

The forgotten house

The internet never forgets to think that the internet never forgets.

Clean conditional loading

Tidying up some code I used in a 24 Ways article.

Hackfarming Map Tales

A week in the countryside.

Pattern primer

A little script to automatically generate a document of markup patterns.

Play me off

All’s fair in love’n’wikipedia.

Speaking, not hacking

I had fun at Build in Belfast but alas, I didn’t make it to Science Hack Day in San Francisco.

Pursuing semantic value

Agreeing and disagreeing with Divya.

Responsible responsive images

A future-friendly approach to mobile-first responsive design.


Who knows where the time element goes?


I have come here to watch an all-night movie marathon and chew bubblegum. And I am all out of bubblegum.


Surprise parrot.

HTML5 For Web Designers

The website of the book.


New Amsterdam.


A child’s Halloween in Ireland.

One Web, transcribed

Listen, watch or read the presentation.


Reading in the sky.


Going to Belfast.

What technology wants

I cried too.

Ending September

I travelled. I talked.


Happy birthday to this.

My links, my links (my lovely lady links)

A public service announcement for those of you subscribed to my Delicious feed.

Improving Reality

Documenting the infinite loop between science fiction and reality in digital art, cinema and gaming.


The birthplace of the Future Friendly movement.


Smart defaults are important, especially when it comes to server-side sniffing.

I, Interface

Any sufficiently-stretched analogy is indistinguishable from bullshit.

Boston Global Scope

This. This is how we should build for the web.

The Language of the Web

The Breaking Development conference was the perfect platform for discussing all things mobile.

The country songs of distant Earth

Greetings from Nashville, or possibly space.


Annoying iOS developers for fun and for serious.

Makers in Brighton

All the fun of the Maker Faire.

dConstruction of the Fables

dConstruct 2011 was great …in my opinion.

Impostor syndrome

An overwhelming number of upcoming events.

A matter of protocol

Protocol-relative URLs.


Combining responsive design with CSS table layout to rearrange the display of content and navigation.


Putting content first by combining responsive design with the CSS3 flexible box layout module.

Days of science and hacking

Want to go to Science Hack Day San Francisco? Organise a Science Hack Day in your town.

Hot topics, transcribed

The transcription of the audio of the panel: hot stuff!

The Lost Lemonworld

Is it not strange that sheep’s guts should hale souls out of men’s bodies?


Our collective creativity, no matter how ugly, is worth preserving.

Digital Deathwatch

Waiting for the deletionist axe to fall.

Responsive dConstruction

I’m preparing a workshop for dConstruct on responsive design.

Citation needed

Oli Studholme argues for a change in the HTML5 spec …with science!

Farewell to June

A look back and a look ahead.

Mobilism transcription

A searchable record of the mobile browser panel.

Indie Web Camping

The dream of independent publishing is alive in Portland.


The UK’s first web typography conference. It rocked.


Conferences in the UK.

L33t ski11z

One of these things may just change your life.


There’s a book I want you to read.


The web is agreement.

Topically hot

Am I hot topic or not? I want your suggestions for this year’s @media.

The good new days

Everything new is old again.

The sound of song


Mobilism browser panel

Hats off to the conference, and hats off to the browser vendors who showed up.

Questioning mobile browsers

Got a question you’d like to ask of Opera, Nokia or RIM? Let me know.


Five weeks ‘till Brighton goes type mad.


Listen in to a conversation I had about responsive web design.

Bye, bye pride

Missing Grant McLennan.

An Event Apart apart

Failing to explain what made An Event Apart in Boston so special to me.

All Our Yesterdays: the links

Hyperlinks of digital preservation.

Jared Spool: The Secret Lives of Links

Liveblogging Jared’s talk at An Event Apart in Boston.

Ethan Marcotte: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow

Liveblogging Ethan’s talk at An Event Apart in Boston.

Luke Wroblewski: Mobile Web Design Moves

Liveblogging Luke’s talk at An Event Apart in Boston.

Veerle Pieters: The Experimental Zone

Liveblogging Veerle’s talk at An Event Apart in Boston.

Whitney Hess: Design Principles — The Philosophy of UX

Liveblogging Whitney’s presentation at An Event Apart in Boston.

Jeffrey Zeldman: What Every Web Designer Should Know — A Better You At What You Do

Liveblogging Jeffrey’s opening talk at An Event Apart in Boston.

Content First

In which I repeatedly hammer home the point that it’s all about the content.

Voice of the bot-hive

I for one welcome our new voice-activated algorithmic overlords.


My travel report.

The Kindle connection

For all the faults with its digital books, this little device is proving its worth.

Zånhae nights


Lazy loading on Huffduffer

Lazy responsiveness or responsive laziness.


Another way of ensuring Internet Explorer gets your layout styles.

Windows mobile media queries

Solving that pesky Windows Phone 7 problem.


What if we had a Singularity and nobody showed up?

Skillful stories

An excellent night of narrative exploration in Brighton.

Orientation and scale

Attempting to patch a bug in Mobile Safari.

Principles Apart

Gathering many design principles into one document.


Revisiting the origins of the internet.

One hundred and seven

Sometimes only the word “awesome” will do.


A follow-up on responsive web design.


Clarifying the problem space of responsive web design.

Star Wars memories

A long time ago in the Pacific Northwest…


The fine print.

Have Kindle, will travel

I want to love my Kindle, I really do.

The medium is the short message

The limits of Twitter.


A little bit of navel-gazing on this year’s geekout in Austin.

South by south met

SxSW is Soylent Green.

Managing Southby

Lanyrd makes my life easier.

Drupalcon in Chi-town

Back in Chicago.

American Odyssey

Brighton to Illinois to Texas to Florida to Oregon to Washington to Brighton.


My light cone envelopes Gliese 1214 b.

The long prep

Care to place a wager?

Voice of the Beeb hive

When is an explanation not an explanation?

Sea change

Don’t fear responsive design; embrace it.

New day rising

The present is a lumpy batter of the past and the future.

Going Postel

How hash-bang URLs violate the robustness principle.


The difference between being on the web and being archived.

Erase and rewind

The BBC is planning to delete 172 websites.

A dark star is born

We are dark stardust, we are golden, we are puppets.

Three questions

A short Q&A for a magazine.

The Huffduffer Hotline

Get your Huffduffer fix down the phone line, thanks to Tropo .

Hacking History

An excellent weekend spent finding stories within data.


HTML, with or without the 5, emerges stronger than ever after the confusion of the past few days.

Marklar Malkovich Smurf

Some links from ‘round the web on HTML5, HTML5, and also, HTML5.

Bye, bye 5

HTML5 is dead, long live HTML.

Badge of shame

The W3C embark on a mission to confuse and befuddle.

The design of datalist

Have your combo-box cake and eat your select fallback too.

Landmark roles

Extending the semantics of HTML5 documents with some accessibility hooks.


Boolean tag combinations on Huffduffer.

The URI is the thing

My name is Jeremy and I am a URL fetishist.

DOM Scripting, second edition

My first book has been updated (though not by me).

Reading the street

Of hackers and hardware.