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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Latest resources

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 The Royal Academy of Arts’...

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...

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2017

December 9, 2017

A shimmer of sub-Saharan warmth alighted in central London earlier this year when the Serpentine Gallery’s 2017 Pavilion was opened to the public. Designed by architect Francis Kéré, this bronze and blue...

The New CSS Layout

November 18, 2017

I’d recommend this small volume as the best way to leapfrog everything written about CSS in the last ten years. It describes the CSS Grid Layout concept which enables authors to divide layouts into columns and rows using sizing behaviours....

Lancing College Chapel

November 14, 2017

Dominating the lower stretches of the River Adur as it flows towards Shoreham, and perched imposingly above the A27 Shoreham Bypass, is Lancing College Chapel. Driving westwards, it is hard to resist...

Flowers in a glass vase

August 24, 2017

Flowers in a glass vase by the Dutch painter Jacob van Walscapelle is only midway in size between A1 and A2 paper sizes, an oil painting dwarfed by many of the larger canvases around it at the V&A Museum...

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

May 2, 2017

Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia would have been a competitive whirl in the years between 1870 and 1914, with wealthy residents vying with each other to build or renovate homes on this fashionable city centre...

Casa Milà, "La Pedrera", Barcelona

April 24, 2017

Casa Milà was Antoni Gaudí’s fourth project on Barcelona’s main avenue Passeig de Gràcia and was to be his last civil work before he devoted himself entirely to...