Full writings, sometimes short and sometimes longer. Thoughts worth writing.

Staying Curious at Beyond Tellerrand 2019

Call it a tradition. Every year in the month of May, I’m travelling to Germany, mainly to attend the Beyond Tellerrand conference in Duesseldorf. This year has been the eighth year in a row. Usually I would buy my ticket shortly after they’d been announced, without knowing any of the speakers. This time I somehow only got my tick... read more

Stopping the Dark Patterns of Booking Sites

In one part of my latest talk “The Benefits of Ethical Design” I discuss so-called dark patterns and one example is about hotel booking sites. I never liked the approach of what I call pressure-triggers. Even though they might work for those who use them, they do seem stupid in one way and quite constructed in another. A hotel property list... read more

Better Terminal Navigation with Markers

A quick trick to jump to your previous or next issued commands or prompt lines in the Terminal app, in case you need to move around between long outputs: Check “Edit->Marks->Automatically Mark Prompt Lines” on the Manu bar and from then on every new Terminal window will allow you to easily jump back and forth between prom... read more

Batch Editing Kirby Content Files

In a recent project I built with Kirby, I came across a challenge that I needed (or rather wanted) to add an extra field to all of my yaml files. The project is a theater site and contains a lot of event entries, which hold the date and location of what’s playing each day. The project has been migrated fr... read more

Coming Back to Social

When I went to Sweden over the Christmas holidays, I stayed away from my phone for most of the time. This wasn’t planned at all, but somehow just happened. I had very little motivation on checking, posting or even reading anything. Twitter, Instagram or any kind of news were not important nor interesting and I rarely read or posted an... read more

Leading Zeros in CSS Values

Today a question and following a quick conversation about leading zeros in CSS, or rather SASS, popped up, because some pre-processor documentation mentioned that leading zeros are “bad”. Matthew asked and Georgie, who wrote about it in the past, also chimed in. This kind of wording can be quite misleading, since it doesn’t correctly specify what “bad” refers to. It could b... read more

Long Live the iPhone 7

Tonight I had a conversation about the new iPhone X and I mentioned that I have been thinking about getting one, solely for the camera upgrade. I currently still use an iPhone 7 Plus. I’ve had it from right after its release. And then I noticed that not because of the price, but because I don’t have any pain poin... read more

Breaking Things, Fixing Things…

Marcus is currently creating a showcase on how to build accessible SPAs in different JS frameworks, aka React and Vue. He is documenting everything he does and tries to find the best ways to solve certain problems and make the app as accessible as possible. This is a great idea which I absolutely support and I’m very much looking fo... read more

All That Data

On my last night in NYC a few weeks ago, I spoke to a friend of mine who works at a large bank. Somehow we came to talk about data collection and how her analytics team was also collecting lots of data, but doesn’t really know what to do with it. One of the big challenges isn’t to coll... read more

When Things Go Wrong

It’s the weekend of FFCPH and yesterday morning I was supposed to leave from Hong Kong to hold a workshop today. As I write this, I’m sitting at the airport in HK, feeling somewhat in between tired, frustrated and helpless. A plane ran over the runway in Manila on Thursday night and since then, the runway has been clos... read more

Sticky Things

This week I have been working on a new navigation/header component which is supposed to work as a sticky header—people nowadays seem to want that by default. I started to write some JavaScript to make it stick to the top of the page when the page scrolls. It needed some offset to the body to avoid a rather an... read more

CSS-in-JS, Kindness and Evolution

CSS-in-JS is the new and popular kid on the block. On the flipside, Vanilla CSS is old-school and isn’t so much of the hi-roller anymore. Actually, CSS was never liked too much by many anyway. Whenever I read articles explaining why CSS-in-JS is better than CSS, I can’t help but think it’s mainly due to a lack of und... read more

On Tracking

After I read this article I started thinking about tracking again. I suppose most of the time we don’t actively think about it, since it has gotten so normal. But when you do, you start to realise… I don’t like the word “tracking” much anymore and it says exactly what is wrong with the internet. Tracking: You. Are. Being. Tra... read more

Make It The Best You Can

Two anecdotes for today: One Two days ago I got a hair cut. I looked at my hair dresser in the mirror and watched her cut, trim and measure my hair, meticulously, with great precision like she does every single time. She isn’t the most ambitious person in terms of career and very content, but she never lets me go... read more

Remember Sass?

When we started to work on Colloq, we agreed to write good, old, plain CSS. I was a little sceptical at first and thought we’re not going to like it much. After a few weeks I had totally gotten used to it and started to write “Vanilla” CSS for all my other projects as well. It has now been over a... read more