2018/04 The Digital 1%

2018/04 The Digital 1%

Elysium, In Time, Upside Down – some of the many dystopian stories where a small segment of society with access to the best tech (and quality of life) pits itself against the rest (of us) who are relying on outdated tech (and probably living in ghettos). We probably notice the cool tech more than we do the growing similarity between fiction and reality. When we think of the 1%, we probably think of those holding the most money. The reality going forward is that the 1% will be holding the best tech (okay and still the most money). Read more

2018/03 See Jack Code. See Jane Code. Code Kids Code!

2018/03 See Jack Code. See Jane Code. Code Kids Code!

We are moving soon to another state; one which has Latin in the school curriculum. Our son is quite good with languages, already speaking English, German, and Russian – but he is a bit worried about Latin (“Where do they speak Latin?”). No one would disagree that Education is good, but we could argue about what an Education is good FOR.  What do we teach children, and why?  Read more

2017/11 (What is) Responsive Design?

2017/11 (What is) Responsive Design?

When people talk about a Responsive Website, they are usually talking about one that works well on a mobile phone. Responsive means however, that it should work on any size screen. Even larger ones. There are more than 200 (about) different standard size screens from mobile ohones to desktop screens. What about the screens you see in hospitals or train stations? Shouldn’t a website scale nicely outwards as well as inwards? Read more

2017/09 (Anti-) Social Media

2017/09 (Anti-) Social Media

The third-place win of the German right wing AfD party in the recent election there left many people stunned.  Stories in the media asking who voted for the AfD mirrored those in the US after Donald Trump was elected president. Almost as if something was happening that no one had any idea about. Like a cold shower hit them.  In our always-connected lives, it is very interesting that many people are living in such a bubble.  Read more

2017/08 Conversation is King

2017/08 Conversation is King

Remember life before the internet and mobile devices?  Remember communicating without emojis? How about sending a letter to the editor and having it edited before it appeared a week later in the local paper? Turning the radio off and driving to work without hearing a phone or navi?  Do you recall not mistaking propaganda for news, or having friends who had beliefs different from your own?  Then you missed a great breakfast meeting Tuesday with just such people.  Hope you can join us next time. Read more

2017/07 I Click Therefore I am

2017/07 I Click Therefore I am

We were recently told by a friend it was “pretty scary” how you always seemed to see items advertised on one platform which you had viewed on another platform. At some level, it probably is disconcerting.

Tracking pixels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacon) are one of many ways websites repeat to users what they see on another site, in the hope they will click on it. Read more

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

Recently a company relaunched their website.  They had a website made for them which is neither responsive nor offers a mobile option off to the side of the desktop version. This company is not a client of ours, but we do know one of the main stakeholders. Interested, we of course asked about the reasoning behind the project.  Was it a soft launch, stealth launch, prelaunch …? Well, we learned that it was none of the above. They had simply taken a long, hard look at their users, a longer look at the needs of those users, website analytics, all the bits and pieces. Then they decided they only needed a desktop friendly website. Read more

2017/05 Our Relationship with (Tech) Things

2017/05 Our Relationship with (Tech) Things

“Technology. Everyone’s so afraid of missing what’s next they never bother to fix/optimisewhat’s here now.”  I read this tweet by Luke Wroblewski a few days after the team had the same sort of conversation during a project meeting. We were reviewing what to keep and what to throw out of a website.  The client wanted a real spring cleaning, and they wanted something new – something fresh. The problem with “New” is that it soon becomes “Old”. As they say: “There is really nothing wrong with a bologna sandwich.” Read more