Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Monday, October 12th, 2020
Clearleft turned fifteen this year. We didn’t make a big deal of it. What with The Situation and all, it didn’t seem fitting to be self-congratulatory. Still, any agency that can survive for a decade and a half deserves some recognition.
I didn’t make too much of a big deal of it back then. I think I was afraid I’d jinx it. I still kind of feel that way. Fifteen years of success? Beginner’s luck.
Despite being one of the three founders, I was never an owner of Clearleft. I let Andy and Rich take the risks and rewards on their shoulders while I take a salary, the same as any other employee.
But now, after fifteen years, I am also an owner of Clearleft.
Clearleft is now owned by an employee ownership trust. This isn’t like owning shares in a company—a common Silicon Valley honeypot. This is literally owning the company. Shares are transferable—this isn’t. As long as I’m an employee at Clearleft, I’m a part owner.
On a day-to-day basis, none of this makes much difference. Everyone continues to do great work, the same as before. The difference is in what happens to any profit produced as a result of that work. The owners decide what to do with that profit. The owners are us.
In most companies you’ve got a tension between a board representing the stakeholders and a union representing the workers. In the case of an employee ownership trust, the interests are one and the same. The stakeholders are the workers.
It’ll be fascinating to see how this plays out. Check back again in fifteen years.
Monday, April 20th, 2020
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Chris defends himself from some inaccuracies I flung his way, regarding fonts and DRM.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Kyle’s paper skills are truly impressive.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Web fonts. Where are we? Will web fonts ever be a reality? | i love typography, the typography and fonts blog
A great round-up on the current state of web typography following TypeCon 2009.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
@font-face for all — Ted shows how to convert TTF files to EOT using the command line.
Friday, October 31st, 2008
Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
John has come to the same conclusion as Richard with regards to font embedding. In short, the font foundries are missing a huge revenue stream. They could be offering fonts on a per-domain basis (a la Google Maps or any other third-party API). Remâ€¦
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
An attempt to create a standardised icon for geotagged content, much like the standardised icon for RSS.
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Flickr Places. This is what George announced at dConstruct. It's enthralling: interestingness mashed up with geotagging.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Via Reverend Dan Catt on Twitter comes word of over 10,100,000 getagged photos. Mazel tov!
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
Matrix locations in Sydney
When Eric and Tantek where in Sydney for Web Essentials 2005 they went off on a little jaunt that Eric dubbed urban spelunking. They went in search of locations from The Matrix, which was filmed in Sydney, donchyaknow.
“That looks like fun”, I thought. When I found myself in Sydney for Web Directions South, I resolved to follow in the footsteps of the futuristic hero dressed in black… no, not Neo; Tantek. I used location information gathered from Tantek's photos to find some street addresses. I also managed to find a couple of locations of my own.
Off I went with Jessica in tow and camera in hand. The resultant photos are up on Flickr. Evidently, I'm not the only one who got a kick out of this: the pictures have been dugg, sending their viewing figures into five digits.
For anyone else who wants to do a Matrix tour of Sydney, here's a list of locations and time stamps from the movie. They're all geotagged and encoded in hCard so you can go ahead and extract that data.
The fountain featuring the woman in the red dress appears 35 seconds later at 00:54:17. It's also filmed at Martin Place and Pitt Street.
Monday, June 26th, 2006
Mashing up with microformats
Back in March, during South by Southwest, Tantek asked me if I’d like to sit in on his microformats panel alongside Chris Messina and Norm! The audio recording of the panel is now available through the conference podcast.
I’ve taken the liberty of having the recording transcribed (using castingWords.com) and I’ve posted a tidied up version of the transcript to the articles section: Microformats: Evolving the Web. You can listen along through the articles RSS feed which doubles up as a podcast.
I’ve also posted the transcript on the microformats wiki so that others can edit it if they catch any glaring mistakes in the transcription.
Perhaps the geotagging won’t even be necessary. Google added a geocoder to their mapping API two weeks ago. The UK, alas, is not yet supported (probably because the Post Office won’t let go of its monopoly that easily… Postman Pat, your money-grabbing days are numbered).
Unfortunately, Google Maps isn’t very suited to the cut’n’paste idea: you have to register a different API key for each domain where you want to use the mapping API.
The Yahoo maps API is less draconian about registration but its lack of detailed UK maps makes it a non-starter for me.
Maybe I should step away from maps and concentrate on events instead. It probably wouldn’t be too hard too write a script to create a calendar based on any hCalendar data found in a document. Perhaps I’ll investigate the calendar widget from Yahoo.
Ultimately I’d like to create something like Chris’s Mapendar idea. If only there were enough hours in the day.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
Andy and the gang have been diligently geotagging events using Yahoo’s geocoder API. Best of all, these latitude and longitude co-ordinates are now also being exposed through the API. Methinks Adactio Austin won’t be the last mashing up of event and map data I’ll be doing.
On the Upcoming site itself, you can now limit the number of attendees for an event, edit any venues you’ve added and edit your comments. This comes just a few days after Brian Suda mentioned in a chat that he would like to have the option to edit this comment later (right now he’s looking for somewhere to stay during XTech).
Feature wished for; feature added. This is exactly the kind of iterative, evolutionary growth that goes a long way towards what Kathy Sierra calls creating passionate users. By all accounts, her panel at South by Southwest was nothing short of outstanding. Everyone I spoke to who attended was raving about it for days. Muggins here missed it but I have a good excuse. I was busy signing freshly-purchased books, so I can’t complain.