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A Dozen Questions for Mr Walton

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Trent Walton is a designer, speaker and relentless typographic experimenter with a passion for car culture, specifically 60s car culture of the United States of America. He lives and works in Texas Hill Country.

Walton is a founder and 1/3 of Paravel, a small web design company that combines his talents with those of Dave Rupert and Reagan Ray. Together the trio have been designing and building for the web since 2002 where their successes have included, amongst many others, the site for Microsoft’s Lost World’s Fairs project which gave rise to the creation of Lettering.js.

When not working at Paravel, Mr Walton is a tireless web typographer, forever pushing the boundaries of typographic possibility at his blog where he has championed an inquisitive and sharing approach to all the web has to offer in these typographically exciting times.

We asked Mr Walton a dozen questions.

Paravel

Where did you learn your craft?

I’m self taught… sort of. For the past 10+ years I’ve been extremely fortunate to collaborate with people more talented than I am. I’ve done well to cherry pick skills and knowledge from my friends. Above all, the relationships and working environment we’ve built at Paravel is conducive to continued education and innovation. We’ve always been unafraid to try or learn new things because we’re so supportive of each other.

Who inspires you?

I’m most inspired by those with whom I work and collaborate, whether daily or with one-time projects. I love the experience of seeing how people approach their work. Understanding of how and why choices are made inspires me more than simply looking at final products.

What are your influences?

When I was a kid, I’d go to automobile swap meets and spend my allowance on car badges like this one from a Cobra, or this one from a Shelby. Of course, they never found their way back to actual cars, but I thought they were so badass that I just had to have them, so I stashed them in an old shoe box. I know I talk about 1960s American car culture a lot, but I believe it’s the formative foundation for my love of type and sturdy design. 

Lost World's Fairs

One of your essays, ‘You Are What You Eat’, struck a cord with us. We’ve been pushing this sentiment to our students for some time. What did you eat to get you to where you are today?

I ate whatever the hell I wanted to! By which I mean, I pursued and experimented with whatever I was interested in and shared it online. Whether it’s experimenting with web type, or writing extended essays on movie stars, at Paravel we do what we love.

Your company, Paravel, consist of a jolly collection of childhood friends. Would you be able to produce the high-calibre work you’re undertaking if you weren’t shacked up with your high school sweethearts?

Who knows. I wouldn’t prefer it. This pattern of finding a team and sticking together for the long haul has been modeled for me extensively. My Dad was with two co-founders at his company for over 35 years. Even bands I love (like Pearl Jam or The Foo Fighters) are interesting to me mostly because of how they’ve managed longevity. There was a lot of head-butting early on at Paravel, but we’ve continually invested in each other and resolved to stick together. Now, my favorite thing we’ve built together is our working relationships.

How does being from Texas influence your work? Do you think it would be different if you were instead located on the east or west coast?

Oh gosh, I’m sure it’d be different, but I couldn’t imagine it. Texas has always been home to me, and I’ve learned there’s no substitute for living where you want to live.

CHOREOGRAPHY

With a significant and relevant body of work to back it up, and having reflected and written on the topic, including coining the wonderful phrase ‘Content Choreography’, you have become somewhat of a poster-child for responsive design. Is this a determined effort, or a happy accident?

I’m not too interested in how people perceive me relating to responsive design, aside from the fact that I want Paravel to be hired to do it. If I’m putting a determined effort into anything, it’s helping RWD be better understood and practiced. This approach has restored my sense of wonder for web design, and I’m thankful that I don’t have to learn to build apps for every device to serve clients.

Your interest in web typography has not gone unnoticed. What advances are you looking forward to, what specific features in CSS specifications, future or present are you wishing for?

Experimental browser properties like -webkit-mask-image: text interest me greatly. I’m also interested, but less studied and opinionated, in using OpenType features. Overall, anything that helps designers have greater control over web typography is a good thing in my book.

The care and craft you are putting into each article on your blog is the stuff of legend. Do you ever find that the level of effort becomes a hinderance for your writing?

Ha! I have a lot of fun working on articles for the ol’ blog. Dropping in custom design and code doesn’t make anything easier, but I like that it helps convey an idea while also giving me an outlet for front-end experimentation. I’ve got complete reverence for people’s time, and if they’re going to read what I write, I hope to make it as interesting, clear and concise as I possibly can.

UNITASKING

What’s your favourite typeface?

Alternate Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton.

What’s your favourite plain text editor?

I just keep using TextEdit because it’s what Alfred App pulls up most often.

What’s your favourite tea?

Iced. Preferably next to a bucket of chicken.

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Everything Was Made

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Our good friend Mr Frank Chimero - A Graphic Designer Who Writes - has a shiny, new web site and it’s very nice indeed. You should pop over and take a look.

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Beaker

BEAKER [Detail]

Promising, “a mix of business and culture for the idea generation,” Beaker Magazine features articles about early stage operations, startup culture and technology trends from around the world. In short a great deal of what you need to know if you’re embarking on a startup journey.

As its founder, Amrit Richmond, puts it:

Through work experiences, side projects and research, I am well versed in the intricate challenges that founders and early hires face. The startup process is not copy and paste, but there are challenges that small teams must overcome such as product market fit, recruiting, leadership, culture and profitability. I don’t have all the answers of how to start and grow a tech company, but I know what the questions are and I’m excited to find the answers.

With some great content on offer - What Startups and Restaurants Have in Common, How to Pitch Irrational Investors and Elements of a Well-Designed Launch Page, to name but three articles - it’s well worth a bookmark.

[Via Swiss Miss.]

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Bring Back The Show

$71,143 [Detail]

If you’ve been taught by us you’ll have heard of The Show With Ze Frank. Since it launched, way back in 2006, we’ve highlighted it as an excellent example of the power of the web that, when coupled with creativity, enables anyone with a penchant for content creation to establish a personal brand that can take ‘em places.

We were delighted to discover earlier that Ze Frank’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to Bring Back The Show. As he puts it:

In 2006, I launched a show called ‘The Show With Ze Frank’. It was one of the most strange, exciting, difficult, and amazing things I have done so far. I think it is time to do something similar…

Promising to deliver the same same, but different, it’s no surprise to see that the project’s hit its funding goal already. Ze Frank’s response? Update 1 (on reaching his goal): “Holy Sh%*.” Update 2 (admirably demonstrating the quick wittedness and sparkling copy that’s always set Ze Frank apart): “If we get to $1 Billion I will buy Greece and install sea to sea carpeting!”

We’re in. (Who doesn’t want sea to sea carpeting?) You should be too.

[Via Mr Gruber.]

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The 2010/2011 Feltron Biennial Report

The 2010/2011 Feltron Biennial Report [Detail]

Everyone’s favourite annual report becomes a biennial report, but loses none of its imaginative lustre in the slightly more spacious scheduling. If you appreciate information graphics of the intimate variety, pop over to Mr Felton’s and pick up a copy of The 2010/2011 Feltron Biennial Report, you won’t be disappointed.

As Felton puts it:

Philip K. Dick claimed that, “A person’s authentic nature is a series of shifting, variegated planes that establish themselves as he relates to different people; it is created by and appears within the framework of his interpersonal relationships.”

The Feltron 2010/2011 Biennial Report explores this notion by overlapping facets of Nicholas’ behavior to visualize how his personality varies based on location and company.

The result is lovely, as usual.

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If PHP Were British

Good morrow, fellow subjects of the Crown! [Detail]

Courtesy of Dave Clark, a web developer based in Brighton, If PHP Were British undoes, “the travesty,” of Rasmus Lerdorf’s decision to implement PHP in, “That bastard dialect of the Queen’s English commonly referred to as ‘US English’.”

Amongst other examples, if becomes perchance, echo becomes announce, and the familiar ‘Hello World!’ program becomes the rather more fitting ‘Good morrow, fellow subjects of the Crown!’ program.

Splendid and, given the hundreds of comments, thoroughly enjoyed by many of Her Majesty’s subjects.

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Hello Hiut

Hiut [Detail]

Regardless of our penchant for tweed, watching the birth of Hiut Denim 1 has been a fascinating tale of re-opening an old jeans factory, and bringing the fine art of jeans manufacture back to Cardigan, Wales, with the occasional owl photo thrown in for good measure.

The ethos of the company, summarised as Do One Thing Well, could well be applied to life, and not just jeans:

We make jeans. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world. We just do our best to conquer our bit of it. So each day we come in and make the best jeans we know how. Use the best quality denims. Cut them with an expert eye. And then let our ‘Grand Masters’ behind the sewing machines do the rest.

We wish the best of luck to all involved.

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Buy me!

Neutraface Number Tiles [Detail]

We love receiving news from the folks at House Industries. Their unique mix of beautifully crafted typography applied to eminently desirable objects has us reaching, inevitably, for our credit cards every time. So: 1. Put away your credit card. 2. Click on the link below.

Heath Ceramics Neutraface Number Tiles, available in a limited,, numbered edition of 33, hand printed by David Dodde, each one individually numbered. Buy me! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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The Case, Or Not, For Responsive Text

Is There Ever A Justification For Responsive Text? [Detail]

The recent experiments in Responsive Text, mentioned also by yours truly a few days back, has polarised the web design community and made the topic of many-a-heated debate over a few ales™. In Smashing Magazine, James Young summarises the topic in the piece Is There Ever A Justification For Responsive Text?, which is well worth reading.

The debate, not surprisingly, continues in the comments.

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Awesome

Awesomized [Detail]

Heaven knows what it is, but Awesomized have built a lovely little teaser site that promises: “iPhone. Photography. Awesomized.”

Keep clicking for the reveal, sign up, then leave the site open in a spare tab for a spot of Trololo to get your day off to a fine start.

[Via Mr Gruber.]

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350K

iPhone app Clear sells 350k downloads in nine days on the App Store [Detail]

A hearty congratulations to our friends at Realmac Software who - in just nine days - have sold 350,000 copies of Clear their, “breathtakingly simple,” todo list app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

It’s great to see the app receiving such widespread praise and, if you haven’t taken a look, we’d encourage you to pick up a copy. It’s a wonderful example of an elegant and minimal interface that focuses on the task at hand, designed with beautiful simplicity and dispensing with needless cruft. It’s also a fantastic example of an app that uses sound - an often underused design element - extremely effectively.

Great work fellas!

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25,000,000,000

24,686,878,433 [Detail]

With the App Store about to hit 25 billion downloads, Apple have a wee prize up for grabs. Pop over to the App Store, purchase app number 25,000,000,000 and win $10,000. Simple.

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Should You Send That Email?

No [Detail]

In an age of information overload and overflowing inboxes, Fast Company have found a fine flowchart for asking the question: Should You Send That Email? tl:dr: No.

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The iPhone Rangefinder

The iPhone Rangefinder [Detail]

Championing the fine art of phoneography, the iPhone Rangefinder transforms your humble breakthrough internet communications device into a fully fledged photographic solution. Equipping your phone with a shutter button, viewfinder, aperture numbers and a tripod mount, it’s everything you need for photography on the go, wrapped up in a beautifully designed, classic package. Lovely.

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Poor Copywriting

Poor Copywriting – The UX Problem That Will Never Go Away? [Detail]

Written in 2011, but absolutely relevant today, Poor Copywriting – The UX Problem That Will Never Go Away? is short, but well worth reading. It should come as no surprise, given the focus in our teaching on copywriting and the importance of words as a design element, that we’re all for words being used well.

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Starbucks Coffee Company Goes Responsive

Starbucks [Detail]

Just like when the big, corporate sites ditched table based layouts in favour of standards based HTML+CSS solutions in the early 2000’s, we’re now seeing a shift towards mainstream responsive designs.

The Starbucks offering is thoughtful, well conceived, and may well hold up as an example in a decade, just like Wired or ESPN did ten years ago.

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Focusing on the Pleasure of the Words Themselves

E-books Can’t Burn by Tim Parks [Detail]

Tim Parks, in E-books Can’t Burn, for The New York Review of Books, musing on the reading experience on screen compared to that of the bound book:

It is as if one had been freed from everything extraneous and distracting surrounding the text to focus on the pleasure of the words themselves. In this sense the passage from paper to e-book is not unlike the moment when we passed from illustrated children’s books to the adult version of the page that is only text. This is a medium for grown-ups.

Insightful, brilliant piece.

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GOOD Design Hackathon

A Weekend Challenge for Interaction Designers [Detail]

A partnerhsip between GOOD Magazine and Parsons the New School for Design, GOOD Design Hackathon is a weekend challenge for interaction designers and a fantastic opportunity to, “push the envelope of design and technology to best inform and empower today’s citizen.”

As the team behind the initiative put it:

The world is your interface. Anything can be a gear in making it run smoother and better. With a year full of big changes happening in politics, social culture, technology, and media, how does your idea promote the following: meaningful connections, efficient transportation, clever consumption, educational reform, cleaner environments, and smart economies?

Signing up is free and all you need is your game face, a laptop and a sketchbook. If you happen to be in New York for the 2-4 March weekend, why not sign up? With prizes on offer including the opportunity to work alongside GOOD developers to turn your final design into a reality and copious quantities of GOOD schwag, what have you got to lose?

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100 Days

100 DAYS [Detail]

With a mission to, “challenge designers to follow their passions and choose their own paths,” Kern and Burn’s 100 Days of Design Entrepreneurship offers all the inspiration you’ll ever need to get started on your pathway towards digital entrepreneurship.

With case studies featuring, amongst others, Jessica Hische, Cameron Koczon and our very own Andy McMillan there’s encouragement aplenty.

In our experience if there’s one nugget of wisdom it’s hard to argue with, it’s Frank Chimero’s: “Everyone is just making it up as they go along.” A truism that’s often overlooked thanks in no small part to its frightening simplicity.

[Via Ms Zerr.]

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Mothereffing Animated GIF

Drag and Drop… [Detail]

Courtesy of, “the crew behind lazyweb-requests#53,” and entirely at the instigation of Paul Irish comes, unsurprisingly, Mothereffing Animated GIF. The latest in a long line of Mothereffing projects 1 2, the premise is simple: a drag’n’drop, client-side animated GIF creator. Perfect for all your animated needs.

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Another Reason Not To Use Lorem Ipsum

Bad Lorem [Detail]

Speaking of Lorem Ipsum, you should, of course, never use it. Here’s yet another reason:

Most of the people using Lorem Ipsum don’t actually know the reason behind using Latin instead of plain english. It was simply to ensure that the fake filler text would stand out in magazine layouts and would not be mistaken for real content and left in when printing.

Latin text looks completely different, it has a different colour, but as importantly, it’s incomprehensible:

This means that both you and the client will end up ignoring whole paragraphs, neglecting things like leading and line length just because you’re seeing the text, but not actually reading it.

If you can’t get real content from your client, write some. Or at the very least, get some placeholder content in your own language.

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LittleIpsum

LittleIpsum [Detail]

If Lorem Ipsum’s your thing, you might appreciate LittleIpsum, a quick and lightweight text generator for OS X. Featuring the ability to generate words, sentences or paragraphs it covers all the bases. With a footprint that’s low on system resources it lives in your menu bar for quick and easy access.

Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam.

[Via Mr Mall.]

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Beautiful Web Type

On the Genealogy of Morals [Detail]

With over 400 typefaces available via the Google Web Fonts directory - many of which are, ahem, truly awful - it can be a challenge to separate the typographic wheat from the chaff. Thanks to the nature of our community, one characterised by a collective shared spirit, a solution to this thorny issue is, thankfully, at hand that might encourage you to take a look at the Google offering once more.

Beautiful Web Type, an initiative by Chad Mazzola, showcases the better typefaces hidden within the catalogue. Thanks to an ongoing series of lovingly designed type samples a few high-quality, but previously hidden typefaces are once again bubbling to the digital surface.

Great work Mr Mazzola.

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Responsive Text

Alt [Detail]

Responsive Text is the brainchild of Frankie Roberto, a UX developer at Folksy (a beautiful site devoted to modern British craft, but that’s not what we’re talking about today), who has taken the responsive treatment usually reserved for imagery and layout and transposed it to the written word.

As your screen size reduces, so - thanks to the power of media queries and carefully placed <span>'s - does the verbosity of your copy. An interesting idea with plenty of potential.

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Finally, a JavaScript ANSI Art Generator

ANSI Butt [Detail]

For those in the audience who hung around Bulletin Boards in the 90’s, ANSI art should be a familiar genre. An advancement of the good-old ASCII art, ANSI “was composed by colorizing sequences of characters and blocks drawn in the built-in system font, which made it easy to transmit across telephone wires”

Available to fork on GitHub, escapes.js is a small JavaScript library devoted solely for the purpose of rendering ANSI art, the only question is, why did no one make this awesome thing before?

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1925U

1925U [Detail]

Autumn season’s new colour: 1925U.

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Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion Sneak Peak [Detail]

Say, “Hello!” to the next incarnation of OS X: Mountain Lion. Arriving this summer, “with all-new features inspired by the iPad,” it further underlines the growing exchange of ideas and influence that is taking place between iOS and OS X.

In addition to seamless desktop integration of iCloud, Mountain Lion also includes: Messages (as Apple put it: “Send unlimited messages to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. From your Mac.”); Notification Center (think Growl, implemented the Cupertino way); and Share Sheets (think sharing, everywhere).

Perhaps the most interesting development is the way in which Apple has chosen to promote Mountain Lion. No Moscone West or the Yerba Buena Center announcement events, instead private briefings, about which Mr Gruber - unsurprisingly - has some interesting thoughts to offer.

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Offscreen

Offscreen [Detail]

Promising to offer a look at the people behind bits and pixels, the appropriately titled Offscreen, looks like magazine of choice for those of you interested in what’s going on, well, offscreen. Issue 1 promises:

Conversations with web standards wizard Dan Cederholm, all-round-talent Drew Wilson, former last.fm design lead Hannah Donovan, 37signals’ designer and product manager Ryan Singer, design entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson and pixel-perfectionist Benjamin de Cock.

As if that weren’t tempting enough it features contributios by, amongst many, many others, Scott Boms, Sam Brown, Tim Van Damme and Trent Walton. Pick up your copy of Issue 1 now.

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Pixel Picnics

Pixel Picnics [Detail]

Pixel Picnics, a new social gaming platform for creatives from Cardiff, looks intriguing. Promising to be a lunch time distraction for web creatives, it launches on Friday, 17 February (that’s tomorrow for those of you calendarifically challenged).

To be in with the chance of getting your mitts on prizes from, amongst others, Fontdeck, Media Temple, MacRabbit and Treehouse get on over to Pixel Picnics at lunchtime tomorrow, at 1.00 pm GMT to be exact.

For those of you interested in getting under the hood, Craig Lockwood - the mind behind the project - has written up some background on the project which makes interesting reading.

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Ampersand 2012

Erik Spiekermann… [Detail]

Everyone’s favourite web typography conference - Ampersand - returns once more with yet another mouthwatering line up. Tickets go on sale on 6 March, 2012 and the event itself kicks off on 15 June, 2012. You might wish to follow @ampersandconf for updates and to be alerted the moment tickets go on sale.

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CoderDojo

CoderDojo [Detail]

On the topic of learning and - specifically - coding clubs 1 2 3, CoderDojo looks well worth exploring. In their own words:

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.

At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop web sites, apps, programs, games and more. In addition to learning to code, members meet like-minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience.

Starting a Dojo is a straight forward process. Why not do your bit for education and get involved? The more of us that do, the better our collective futures might be.

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Stuff is Happening

Stuff is Happening [Detail]

Earlier today we wrote about the launch of BBC HelloWorld. Shortly thereafter we wrote about the apparent lack of the launch of BBC HelloWorld. Confusing? Indeed. With claim and counter-claim being tossed around on Twitter it was difficult to know what was real and what wasn’t. It would now appear that there might indeed be something real after all.

Earlier this evening, Michael Sparks - a Senior Research Engineer at BBC R&D - tweeted the following:

Stuff *is* happening. That website was a premature preview of ideas, so taken down for now, but watch this space.

Though the page that was uploaded to BBC HelloWorld earlier has changed, it would appear there is, indeed, something in the pipeline. In an overview of The Computer Literacy Project 2012 now provided in place of this morning’s content a little more about the project is offered:

BBC Learning is looking at how it can inspire a new generation to become literate in computer technology and programming.

Over the next few months BBC Learning will be developing its ideas, producing prototypes and attending and running events.

As we said earlier, this is great news indeed, we’re old enough to remember the original Computer Literacy Project and witnessed its effects in inspiring a generation to become computer literate. We wish the 2012 incarnation - whenever it’s formally unveiled - every success.

Mystery solved.

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Punk'd

Punk'd [Detail]

Earlier today we wrote about the launch of BBC HelloWorld, after one of our graduates now working for the BBC was - unfortunately - punk’d 1 2. Though the project might have been an elaborate hoax 3 (or might not have been 4) the sentiment remains.

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BBC HelloWorld

BBC HelloWorld [Detail]

Being of an age old and wise enough to have grown up with the original BBC Micro project 1 2, we were delighted to see the BBC dusting down its early educational initiatives and introducing BBC Micro 2.0.

Introduced in the early 80s, the BBC Computer Literacy Project exerted a considerable influence, being adopted by most schools and becoming a cornerstone of computing in education. It’s no exaggeration to state that the project helped highlight the opportunities open to those interested in computing and it remains to this day one of the world’s most celebrated learning initiatives.

Given the UK government’s recent decision to overhaul the UK ICT curriculum, refocusing it on programming fundamentals, it’s a real pleasure to see our license fee being put to good use in this manner. We wish BBC HelloWorld every success and look forward to seeing the fruits of its labours in our lecture theatres and labs in the very near future.

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Belong

Belong [Detail]

As the fine folks behind Belong put it: “Clothing is an extension of our skin. Wear designs by people who share your passions.” When those designs are by, amongst others, the talented Messrs Walton, Kus, and Van Damme and hand printed by the passionate team behind Decode, you can be sure you’re buying beautifully crafted shirts worth every hard-earned penny.

Having earned a couple of speakers’ shirts at New Adventures we can attest to the quality of Belong’s T-Shirts which are lovingly printed with that ‘generous layer of silkscreen ink’ quality that’s guaranteed to last. We wear ours with pride.

Our favourite of the first batch is Mr Van Damme’s #PXLFUCKER shirt, sure to turn heads whenever you wear it… Add to basket.

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FOWD London 2012

Future of Web Design [Detail]

We’re delighted to announce that not only will be delivering a keynote at the Future of Web Design, London, but we’ll be delivering a workshop to boot.

Our keynote, titled ‘You Are A Channel’ reflects on the importance of clearly identifying your values as a designer and considering strategically how you communicate this message to the world. In our brief overview for Cat Clark 1, conference organiser extraordinaire, we put it as follows:

As web designers we have access to the tools and delivery mechanisms to not only promote our clients, but also to promote ourselves. How we use these tools strategically and the messages we convey through them can alter our web design trajectories considerably, often proving the difference between success or failure.

You are a channel. How you choose to portray yourself matters. In our keynote we explore the philosophical and practical challenges that face the contemporary web designer, helping them to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

In addition to our keynote we’re delighted to have also been invited to deliver a workshop on paper prototyping where we’ll introduce a variety of idea generation techniques and, the highlight of the day, encourage you to rediscover the joys of typewriters. If you’re interested in attending - and we hope you are - you can get a sneak preview of the tried and tested Standardistas’ workshop style courtesy of Dion Kesling’s wonderful time lapse video and review of our last workshop.

We’re honoured to be joining a great line up including: Mark Boulton, Brendan Dawes, Vitaly Friedman, Sarah Parmenter and Jon Tan, to name just a handful. We’re sure, like the last time we were in attendance, it will prove all round fun’n’educational’games and we hope to see you there.

Early bird tickets disappear in a mere 24 hours, we’d encourage you to pick up a ticket now.

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Designing Cats

Refresh Belfast [Detail]

With Mr McMillan currently out of the country, we’re delighted to be dusting down our uniforms to take on front of house duties at Refresh Belfast on Monday, 20 February.

Messrs Weston (of Thought Collective and Acejet 170) and Monro (of Tibus) will be tackling the topic: There’s More Than One Way to Design a Cat. As they put it:

Do technique and approach define us as designers? Does absolutism have any place in a profession that is always in flux? Lookng at the extremes of our industry dialogue and, drawing on careers spent in the middle ground of the profession, Weston and Monro appeal for discourse more appropriate to nurturing new and emerging talent.

We’ve no doubt it will be an entertaining and informative evening. As is always the case, tickets are going fast, get yours now before they go. We look forward to seeing you there…

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Love is in the air…

Discover who you love on Twitter… [Detail]

With Valentine’s Day a mere twenty four hours away, discover where your true love lies (on Twitter, naturally) with the magic of Twit Amore.

Courtesy of Lee Munroe – an interaction designer from Northern Ireland, living and working in California, who likes making and shipping simple web apps (who is also one of our graduates) - Twit Amore uses the Twitter API to work a little magic and discover your true internet love.

With 99,576 matches made in heaven so far it would appear that Mr Munroe’s quite the matchmaker and a talented chap to boot.

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