how we made a conference website
To keep up with all the developments in our industry we attend a lot of conferences. And we even speak there sometimes. So when we got the chance to help an incredible event held in Holland, we didn’t hesitate. Robert Eerhart is organizing an event called Ready to Inspire, featuring the absolute top notch of our industry, including the likes of Jeffrey Zeldman, Simon Collison and Cindy Chastain. And we offered him to give the event an online identity.
Search Terms Report
Back in 2007 Google launched a report called "Search Query Performance report", which is now known as the "search terms report". When I see that Adwords campaigns consist of "broad" and "phrase" match keywords, then this report is the first one I dig into. I have saved companies hundreds and thousands of euros using this report and also bringing in more relevant traffic. In this blogpost I shall explain how you can use this report and what benefits it can bring.
The thing I love the most about the SXSW festival is that is there are so many good sessions to go to. For me one of the best sessions of this year was the one of Josh Clark: Teaching Touch: Tapworthy Touchscreen Design "We are now ending the era of the cursor and mouse. Touch is gonna sweep away decades of buttons. Touch is more than just a gimmick. It will help us find new ways to interact. It's about you and the content on the device. It lets you interact directly with the information without the interference of the cursor." Clark his talk is about how we learn to work and design without buttons. But that's a big shift. How do we let people use applications and...
Retina images for the iPad using CSS3
Yesterday I was at a bar when ‘a guy’ entered with a plastic Media Markt bag containing two New iPads. The weird thing, it was 00:30PM and he just bought the iPad’s 10 minutes earlier. And if people start walking into bars with Retina iPads past midnight, I guess it’s really time to think about the impact of the high-res screens on our daily work as web developers. Because websites look pretty bad on the 3th gen iPad. Images get blown-up. When the iPhone 4 introduced the Retina screen in 2010, we had to update the graphics in native apps with images that are two times the original size. Apple quickly introduced a solution for iOS developers with the @2x format. If you’re not familiar with it: when you use an image, for example AwesomeLogo.png, adding a larger AwesomeLogo@2x.png is enough. You can still refer to AwesomeLogo.png. This could be a great solution for mobile Safari on the new iPad (and iPhone4/s) as well, if the browser would check for a @2x image. As this isn’t the case, and we’re not sure if it will ever be, we have to come up with new solutions.
Google village at SXSW
As Joel already described in his post, this year Google gathered up the best of Google and made a village on Rainey Street, a few steps from the Austin Convention Center. With Android, Developer, Discovery and Maps houses with a full agenda of talks, workshops, happy hours and bbq's: awesome! And the weird thing: in between are just normal people living, really curious about how they like to have all those geeks in their backyard.
More on http://www.google.com/events/sxsw/
My first session of SXSW 2012 is: @TVEngagement: Does Social Media Drive TV Rating Presenters: Colin Helms (MTV Networks), David Jones (Shazam Entertainment) Ellen Stone (Bravo Networks), Susie Fogelson (Food Network), Tara O'Donnell (Text100)
Speaking at SXSW 2012 (again!)
Early 2008, we decided to hack together this blog to report on our first visit to South-by-Southwest Interactive. Long anticipated, but suddenly a dream come true, because our just-finished Stayokay website got nominated for a SXSW Web Award. Now, almost 5 years down the road, I must say I'm honored to be invited to again take the stage at this awesome festival!
Gaming in the Cloud
A few years ago I used to game often. Leading a squad of friends in Battlefield 2 to annihilate the enemy was a great way to spend long evenings. After a while I got tired of keeping up with the latest hardware, bought a Macbook, thus limiting the range of games to play even more. I got myself a Playstation 3, but apparently I suck at shooters on console. Gaming was over for me…