Websites: where words, pixels and code come together

words, pixels and code

This website invites you 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, 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.

Converging interests

websites are words, pixels and code

A finished website occupies an intersection of converging interests: the client, the description of your 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’m an English designer and developer of websites for individuals and businesses in the UK, France and beyond. I’m in sunny Worthing on England’s south-coast, having moved here from an 18-year stint in rural south-west France. I specialise in using the Drupal and Backdrop content-management systems.

I liken a website to an iceberg: there’s much below the surface that doesn’t meet the eye. Getting both parts – the visible and the hidden – absolutely right is crucial for the success of your business on the internet. Some of these depths are illuminated in the pages of this ad-free site.

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The Giant's Causeway

May 22, 2018

I‘d not be troubled if over the door of the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre it said “Here be Giants” because everything about this place is, well, gigantic, whether stamped into being by Finn McCool on...

Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple

May 15, 2018

What a mouthful, a place called “Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple”. What a puzzle that the person who built it was called “the Earl-Bishop”, an earl or a bishop, well both actually. And that archaic word “...

Belfast's Murals and Peace Walls

May 12, 2018

When faced with another couple of tourists saying how welcoming and kind they found everyone in Belfast, our driver Danny said, “Well, yes, that’s it really. Belfast people are very kind to everyone. It’s...

Rathlin Island

April 25, 2018

Rathlin Island is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island. It lies 15 miles from Scotland’s Kintyre Peninsula and is a 6 mile ferry hop from Northern Ireland’s Ballycastle. It may be just...

Website accessibility

February 7, 2018

The perpetual churn of new technologies and techniques can sometimes blind-side us to some fundamental issues in web design that we need to keep in focus all the time. One of these is accessibility...

Charles I, King and Collector

February 5, 2018

No better insight can be gained into the character of King Charles I — the king who in 1629 dissolved Parliament to begin an eleven-year stint of Personal Rule — than by visiting...

Accessibility for All

January 21, 2018

Another gem of a book from my favourite publisher and this one amply demonstrates that a book-sized refresher course really can get one up-to-speed on recent developments in a specific aspect of web design. Designing websites that are accessible...

Web Typography

January 2, 2018

Richard Rutter describes this volume as a handbook but if, like me, you find yourself reading it from cover to cover (instead of dipping into it as a reference book — which you can also do), don’t feel bad about it! This has the...