A great little primer on the origins of the internet and the web, by Aleks.
The controversial hamburger icon goes mainstream with this story on the BBC News site.
It still amazes me that, despite clear data, many designers cling to the belief that the icon by itself is understandable (or that users will “figure it out eventually”). Why the aversion to having a label for the icon?
The responsive BBC News site is live! Hurrah!
Here’s a look at the highs and lows of the site’s story, emphasising the importance of progressive enhancement and all that enables: feature detection (by “cutting the mustard”), conditional loading, and a mobile-first approach.
The minimum dependency for a web site should be an internet connection and the ability to parse HTML.
Tim Maughan reports on the same container ship trip that Dan W. is sending his postcards from.
I like the idea of there being an Apollo-sized project all around us, if you just know where to look.
First, towering above and over the ship, are the loading cranes. Vast structures mounted on huge, four-legged frames, they resemble the naked scaffolding of unbuilt skyscrapers, and trigger nostalgic reminders of Saturn V rocket launch towers from the 1960s.
Once in port at night I saw one suddenly fire into life next to the ship in a stroboscopic explosion of lights, before it tracked slowly above my high vantage point, bathing me in the orange glow of a dozen small halogen suns.
This episode of Click on the BBC World Service does a great job of distilling some of the ideas and themes from this year’s dConstruct.
Two years ago dConstruct’s theme was “Playing with the Future”. Last year it was “Communicating with Machines”. This year’s theme is “Living with the Network”. Click interviews artists, writers, hackers and coders about surveillance, connected devices, big data, and whether the ideals of the internet have been too far corrupted for them ever to be preserved.
BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition
One of the most fiendish user-unfriendly (but oh-so-witty) adventure games of all time is now online for you to enjoy with some added graphical flourishes.
A report from the BBC on this year’s Brighton Digital Festival including interviews with Honor, Timo, and Seb.
Details on how the BBC Responsive News team plan to eventually make their m-dot site scale all the way up to be the default site. This “planting a seed” approach works really well, not least for political reasons.
Watch the video to see Jonty’s rather good tour of EMF.
An in-depth look at the BBC News mobile testing process. I think it’s great that people are sharing this kind of information.
BBC News are using the mobile subdomain to plant the seed of responsive design. It’s a smart move that’s been really nicely executed.
A fascinating look at the intersection of typography and internationalisation on the BBC’s World Service site.
The entire archive of the Reith lectures is now online for your huffduffing pleasure.
A nice overview of the increasing importance of UX on the web, written by Bobbie with soundbites from Andy.
Read it and weep. Here are the articles on Wikipedia that reference URLs that are getting axed as part of the BBC’s upcoming cull.
Main Articles: ‘Domesday Redux: The rescue of the BBC Domesday Project videodiscs’, Ariadne Issue 36
The fascinating story of the BBC Domesday Project and its subsequent fate.
The purpose of the CAMiLEON project was to demonstrate the value of emulation in preserving not only the data stored in obsolete systems but the behaviour of the systems themselves - in this case one of the very first interactive multi-media systems. The aim was to reproduce the original user experience as accurately as possible, and the CAMiLEON team argued that the slight faults in images as displayed from the analogue discs were a part of that experience, and should not be cleaned up as Andy proposed to do. Our aim was different - we wanted to preserve the data with the highest quality available consistent with longevity.
The BBC’s decision to actively delete old content (rather than simply allowing it to take up some space on a server) really gets my blood boiling.
The BBC asked the public to contribute their memories of World War Two to a website between June 2003 and January 2006…” and five years later some suit decided to bin them.
Past predictions of the future.
Paul has created a site for tracking usage of the BBC’s GEL (Global Experience Language) visual design language. Nice’n’responsive it is too.
A few notes on the recent re-align of the Radio 4 website by Clearleft.
New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.
Offcom are not representing my interests as a consumer. This is a disgraceful decision.
Paul takes an in-depth look at the new BBC design guidelines.
A handy accessibility resource from Auntie Beeb.
An experimental prototype that tracks the online buzz around BBC programmes (before they disappear down the memory hole of the iPlayer's time-restricted playback).
Stevie Wonder talks about assistive technology. I think this finally proves that yes, accessibility *is* sexy!
A lovely shout-out to Clearleft from the BBC: "Along with other awesome UK companies like ClearLeft, we hope the work we're doing influences more web companies to adopt more best practice, like following the principle of 'progressive enhancement'."
Michael Smethurst runs through the process used in his bit of the BBC. It's all good.
A document outlining browser support standards for bbc.co.uk
A satirical parody of the BBC's "Thought for the Day". Slightly cruel, mostly funny and entirely brilliant.
The BBC were at dConstruct. This podcast episode includes interviews with Steven Johnson, Aleks and the the Dopplr Matts.
BBC coverage of dConstruct on "The widening web of location-based web services."
Now you can perform data analysis on the subtitles of the most recent series of Doctor Who, courtesy of the brilliant Matthew Somerville.
Prompted by my post on adventure games, Relly sent me this link to a wonderfully archaic series of books from 1983.
Crows is smart. And yes, I am using the "Bookmark this..." link at the end of the article.
Et tu, BBC?
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
The cawl for speling reform in the Inglish langwidge iz misguyded and franklee, kynd ov styoopid.
The somewhat lightweight BBC report of the incident I blogged about earlier. "Reports of a man with a knife threatening and chasing people": that's me (the reports, I mean).
Registration for Hack Day Europe (June 16th-17th) is open. Sign up now! This is going to be a lot of fun.
I used to think that Mike Arrington was a dick. Now I know he is.
The Future of Web Apps gets a write-up on the BBC site.
Hilariously stupid pseudo-science article that takes a scythe to the BBC's credibility. Read on to the last line to get the source of this nonsense.
Simon Singh talks about zero, pi, the golden ratio, the square root of minus one, and infinity.
Vote on your favourite Britsh design. It's a tough call but I might plump for the Penguin paperback.
The Beeb is blogging on TypePad.
Merseyside Police told the community on Monday to "stop grieving, it's only a chicken".
Not only is Yahoo! snapping up all the coolest web apps (Flickr, Upcoming), they're snapping up all the best British bloggers too (Simon, Tom,...)
An interview with Tim Berners-Lee. He likes blogs.
The BBC talk to the hacker/conspiracy theorist awaiting extradition to the US. He's a bit of a loony but he's harmless.
BBC coverage of the bomb blasts in London
Tom Coates, Heather Armstrong and others weigh in with their thoughts. Tom has a sexy radio voice.
An interview with Niklas Zennström.
The BBC is going to be offering an API. Hallelujah!
20 more radio programmes are getting the MP3 treatment.
The first of the Reith lectures is available online. There's also a podcast you can subscribe to.
Auntie Beeb discovers Flickr