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Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Checked in at Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien). Culture vultures. — with Remy map

Checked in at Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien). Culture vultures. — with Remy

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Checked in at British Airways First Lounge map

Checked in at British Airways First Lounge

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Rams

I’ve made a few trips to Germany recently. I was in Berlin last week for the always-excellent Beyond Tellerrand. Marc did a terrific job of curating an entertaining and thought-provoking line-up of speakers. He also made sure that those speakers—myself included—were very well taken care of.

I was also in Frankfurt last month. It was for an event, but for once, it wasn’t an event that involved me in any way. Jessica was there for the Frankfurt Book Fair. I was tagging along for the ride.

While Jessica was out at the sprawling exhibition hall on the edge of town, I was exploring downtown Frankfurt. One lunch time, I found myself wandering around the town’s charming indoor market hall.

While I was perusing the sausages on display, I noticed an older gentleman also inspecting the meat wares. He looked familiar. That’s when the part of my brain responsible for facial recognition said “That’s Dieter Rams.” A more rational part of my brain said “It can’t be!”, but it seemed that my pattern matching was indeed correct.

As he began to walk away, the more impulsive part of my brain shouted “Say something!”, and before my calmer nature could intervene, I was opening my mouth to speak.

I think I would’ve been tongue-tied enough introducing myself to someone of Dieter Rams’s legendary stature, but it was compounded by having to do it in a second language.

Entschulding Sie!”, I said (“Excuse me”). “Sind Sie Dieter Rams?” (“Are you Dieter Rams?”)

“Ja, bin ich”, he said (“Yes, I am”).

At this point, my brain realised that it had nothing further planned and it left me to my own devices. I stumbled through a sentence saying something about what a pleasure it was to see him. I might have even said something stupid along the lines of “I’m a web designer!”

Anyway, he smiled politely as I made an idiot of myself, and then I said goodbye, reiterating that it was a real treat for me to meet him.

After I walked outside, I began questioning reality. Did that really just happen? It felt utterly surreal.

Of course afterwards I thought of all the things I could’ve said. L’esprit de l’escalier. Or as the Germans put it, Treppenwitz.

I could’ve told him that I collect design principles, of which his are probably the most well-known.

I could’ve told him about the time that Clearleft went on a field trip to the Design Museum in London to see an exhibition of his work, and how annoyed I was by the signs saying “Do Not Touch” …in front of household objects that were literally designed to be touched!

I could’ve told him how much I enjoyed the documentary that Gary Hustwit made about him.

But I didn’t say any of those things. I just spouted some inanity, like the starstruck fanboy I am.

There’ll be a lunchtime showing of the Rams documentary at An Event Apart in San Francisco, where I’ll be speaking in a few weeks. Now I wonder if rewatching it is just going to make me cringe as I’m reminded of my encounter in Frankfurt.

But I’m still glad I said something.

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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The Ballardian exterior of Tempelhof.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Replying to

Awwww! ❤️

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Replying to

You got this!

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Replying to

Obrigado, Tiago!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Replying to

I see—and appreciate—what you’ve done with traintimes.org.uk (and I know what you mean when it feels like pissing in the wind). Keep fighting the good fight!

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

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Beach scenes.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

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Vielen Dank, Oscar—that’s very kind of you.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Hello WorldWideWeb.

Hello WorldWideWeb.

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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Colour contrast testing on iOS:

Settings: General: Accessibility: Display Accommodations: Colour Filters: On: Greyscale

Toggle it with 3 clicks of the home button:

Settings: General: Accessibility: Accessibililty Shortcut: Colour Filters

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Going to Oxford. brb

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

I know what @wilto is doing here looks bad, but… it’s exactly as bad as it looks.

I know what @wilto is doing here looks bad, but…

it’s exactly as bad as it looks.

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Proofs…

Proofs…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

I’ve written a book about service workers for web designers! It’s called Going Offline and it’s available to pre-order now:

https://abookapart.com/products/going-offline

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Checked in at Café Corridor. with Jessica map

Checked in at Café Corridor. with Jessica

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

This evening I discussed HTML from first principles with five brilliant @CodebarBrighton students, and I really, really, really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Picked up a battered old 1968 edition of the ur-text.

Picked up a battered old 1968 edition of the ur-text.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Indie Web Train. 🚅💻

Indie Web Train. 🚅💻