Websites: where words, pixels and code come together

words, pixels and code

This website invites its visitors to contemplate the merits of designing websites well. It provides examples of sites built well that perform well, that get indexed consistently well by search engines - yet are built economically.

If you want a website squeezed out of a template tube like so much industrial goo, this isn't the place for you. What goes on here is all about caring. It's also hard-nosed: in these pages you'll find opinions based upon an experience of what works. In my experience, it works because care has been taken to get it right.

If this interests you enough to ask me to design a website for your business, so much the better.

Carefully-designed websites

words, pixels and code

A finished website occupies an intersection of converging interests: the client, the content or product, the designer, the rules of the code, the demographics of the likely users, the algorithms of the search engines, the limits of bandwidth and the possibilities and restrictions of the users' screens. Getting this convergence right is a multi-disciplinary process, requiring care!

I hope that you find something of interest in some of the resources on this website.

September 24, 2016

This slim volume explains the basics of taking a Drupal 7 site and converting it into a Backdrop CMS site. It covers the fundamental architectural changes required to make D7 themes and modules function within the newer, lighter-weight Backdrop...

September 14, 2016

Every client seeks and deserves reassurance when signing up for a new website. It doesn't matter if they are up-to-speed with web technology or not. At some point they will ask: "What's included with the new design?" This question of course has...

August 22, 2016

In the book's opening chapter, Macfarlane writes:

For some time now it has seemed to me that the two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these: firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know...

August 8, 2016

In web design, even small decisions can have a big impact. The way in which your web designer compresses and saves JPEG images is a case in point. What's at stake is an improvement in user experience. The explanation...

July 26, 2016

Standen House near East Grinstead was the home of a successful Birmingham solicitor and his family. It was their country retreat from the end of the 19th century after they had moved to the hustle and bustle of...

July 14, 2016

Here's an example of how complexity beneath the surface of a web page looks as natural and intuitive as you can get. It concerns maps, menus and information. You can see the interface I'm describing on this website...

June 24, 2016

With my fellow Brits voting collectively to leave the EU, these words written in 1624 come to mind:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,

June 22, 2016

But 10 miles away from Montacute House, Barrington Court is another fine Somerset manor house. Older than Montacute, it survived until...

June 22, 2016

If you saw the BBC 2 serial Wolf Hall, you will have seen a little of the inside of Montacute House in Somerset. If you didn't see it, then visiting Montacute will help seed your imagination...

June 16, 2016

East Coker, a small village on the border of Somerset and Dorset, placed its mark on my mental map when I first read T.S. Eliot's long poem The Four Quartets. I had read around the poem to better understand...