Quick Notes & Ramblings


Making the Music of the Mazg


  • personal

The Ledger

  • personal

Inconsistencies and productivity

  • work


  • links

CSS is Awesome

  • links

Art at Scale

  • links


On Track

  • personal

Ubiquity and consistency

  • links

Who Goes Nazi?

  • links

Now I Am Going to Write a Book

  • links

Net Promoter Score Considered Harmful (and What UX Professionals Can Do About It)

  • links

China’s Selfie Obsession

  • links

Why Write Fiction in 2017?

  • links


  • personal

Where the GOP’s Tax Extremism Comes From

  • reading

The Elements of Eloquence

  • reading

A Responsive Spreadsheet

  • css-tricks

Setting a Typographic Scale with Sass Maps

  • work

The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  • links

How to be both

  • books

Find the Beginning

  • links


  • work

Songs of San Francisco

  • personal

Green to Me

  • links

Making the Clackity Noise

  • links

Notes on Adventures

  • work

Books as Work

  • books

Ways of Reading

  • reading


  • books

The Fire Next Time

  • books

The Lost Cause Rides Again

  • links

The Sutro Tower

  • personal

You Say Data, I Say System

  • data

Cassandra Plays the Stock Market

An Incomplete List of Mistakes

  • links

With New Browser Tech, Apple Preserves Privacy and Google Preserves Trackers

  • links

Berlin, indefinitely

Between Trident Lakes and Technology Drive

  • links

Update Day

Blüte, Gerüst

  • links

How Google Book Search Got Lost

  • links

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: An Appreciation of Maira Kalman

Regarding Gnomon

  • links

Letter from a Drowned Canyon

  • links

Mighty Fine Content that I am Consuming Online™

How to ride a motorcycle in California

  • personal

The CSS-Tricks Newsletter

  • work

In Praise of Green Light

  • personal



Blogging and Atrophy


  • fonts

Strawberries and Cheese

The Fire in the Smoke

One Thousand Days in America

  • personal

Nothing is where you think it is

What would happen if we just gave people money?

I, Website

  • links

Now Available for Freelance Work

Learning in public

In defense of webfonts

  • fonts

The Outpost

object-fit and object-position

On File Formats, Very Briefly



Putting thought into things


A New Responsive Font Format for the Web

Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You.

Loading fonts with the Web Font Loader

Ampersand 2015

A pointable we

Big data, no thanks

On Writing Well

A Book of Sand

Food and Sleep

Viewsources podcast

XOXO 2015

Making charts with CSS

Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan & Derelict

With teeth of metal and glass

Chaining blend-modes

Week notes #12

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Week notes #5

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Week notes #3

Week notes #2

Week notes #1

The Glut is Good


The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Welcome to the club


A crowd of sorrows

The Great Unbundling

The great future of video games

Medieval desktops

An interview with Italo Calvino

Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation

Writing is thinking

Trouble at the Koolaid Point

Scrambled eggs and serifs

Here comes everybody

What we talk about when we talk about what we talk about when we talk about making

What we see when we read

Resources for learning how to JavaScript

Practical typography

You’re not welcome here

Interface Writing

Bird by Bird

Gardens, not graves

A rendezvous of secrets

Act in earnest


Goodbye Erskine

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Do justice and let the skies fall

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Robots and sandwiches

Poets are dead people talking about being alive

Death by Black Hole

Future of Web Design 2014

Deep breaths in St Paul’s cathedral

Dust jackets and snark

Setting type with Sass maps

Our favourite typefaces of 2013

Inside Paragraphs

The Library at Night

The Solid Form of Language

Quickness and Detours


The Bug

Empty Libraries

The first floor

Twelve months


The daydreams of a book designer


Notes on public speaking

Intrinsic Ratios and SVGs


Front-end Maintenance and the Ladder of Abstraction

The Comforts of the Siren

Quarks, Atoms and Molecules

Mistaking the tool for the practice

The Float


Book by Book

Between Shelves

The Dream Sponge

Modern Typography

Setting up a default type stylesheet