How GDPR Will Change The Way You Develop

Good simple article about GDPR and developing websites

Smashing Conference 2018 – speakers videos (London)


Some really interesting talks from industry leaders – well worth watching

How to combat bias in design


As humans beings, we’re inherently biased. Natural biases serve a critical social function—they allow us to use previous experiences to navigate personal interactions and interpret non-verbal cues. To assess every person and situation from scratch would be exhausting.

Smartphone data tracking


Smartphones rule our lives. Having information at our fingertips is the height of convenience. They tell us all sorts of things, but the information we see and receive on our smartphones is just a fraction of the data they generate. By tracking and monitoring our behaviour and activities, smartphones build a digital profile of shockingly […]

Sponsored/branded content for RBI?


A trend that has become a business model for advertisers and brands – some interesting case studies.

How to Survive the Robot Takeover


This article discusses the fusion of skills necessary for media companies to succeed in the digital age — which focuses largely on the Washington Post’s reinvention. With Dom Norman from Design lab and Joey Marburger from the Post.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

To prepare for the coming General Data Protection Regulation, publishers have a new important role: data protection officers.

The Economist – A Content Monetization Journey


The Economist has long known that a paying readership is better than a bigger one. As media companies shift their focus from reach to revenue, learn how The Economist has partnered wit Piano to identify loyal readers, increase engagement and drive digital subscriptions.   Watch the video

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A test for colour blindness of orange and green spots

Digital Publishing Technology Guide

New York Times new web design and newsletters


A more joined approach with desktop and mobile design and how newsletters can increase engagement

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40 Top businesses using WordPress


Do you want to know which big name brands are using WordPress? One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that since it is open source, it may not be good enough for big brands. To disprove this myth, we have created a list of most notable big name brands that are using WordPress on […]

Inside ESPN’s mobile strategy


Mobile is everything. We always have to be thinking about mobile first. If we’re thinking about anything else, we’re failing the audience. That’s one of our biggest challenges.

From “service desk” to standalone: How The New York Times’ graphics department has grown up


“The graphics desk can publish something on its own and then, the next day, point it out to the national editor and have the value of that piece be apparent.”

How The Telegraph built its new CMS by focusing on simplicity


The British newspaper was previously using five separate online publishing systems, each of which larded up the publishing process with dozens of fiddly steps.

The New York Times is trying to make VR films that aren’t one-offs, and that keep readers coming back


With its new Pluto-focused project, upcoming episodic series, and experiments with “meditative VR,” The Times is experimenting with different applications for the new technology.

Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)


As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out from the Pew Research Center tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words) on […]

10 facts about the changing digital news landscape


Digital news continues to evolve, pushed by a variety of innovations in recent years, from groundbreaking new technologies like virtual reality and automated reporting to experiments on social platforms that have altered campaign coverage. This article highlights 10 key facts based on USA surveys and analysis


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BuzzFeed is building a New York-based team to experiment with news video. The video is a must watch, love it

Google AMP compliant?

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Google AMP is about to become a much bigger deal, showing up in everybody’s mobile search results

Asia is leading the adoption of mobile adblocking; North America is dodging the bullet (for now, at least)

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The rise of mobile adblocking may not be burning publishers in the US & Europe so far, but the story is very different in Asia.

Axel Springer’s Bild is testing news delivery via Facebook Messenger


German tabloid Bild is experimenting with delivering news to its readers via Facebook Messenger. The first experiment is limited to “news, background information, and rumors regarding the transfer window of the German soccer league.”



As the world’s largest news website, publishes international stories about everything from breaking news, to entertainment, politics, science, and sports. Ed Fairman, Interaction Designer at, talks about collaboration, keeping audiences engaged, and the death of print media.

The new Facebook logo: a subtle but distinctive change


Here’s the latest update to the Facebook logo – a subtle tweaking of its iconic Klavika typeface. This typographical change comes as Facebook strives to appear ‘”more friendly,” says the company’s creative director, Josh Higgins. Frequent users will be familiar with the social media platform rolling out new logo redesigns. But this is the first […]

The Guardian – Brazil article


Another goodie from the Guardian

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Facebook wants to be the new World Wide Web, and news orgs are apparently on board


This valuable story in The New York Times would appear to indicate the platformization of news has reached a new level: Save

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Article: Interesting stats about banner adverts


Did you know, you’re more likely to survive a plane crash than click a banner ad? More facts on the link below. Save

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New BBC News website

The BBC are in the process of updating their website with a responsive layout.  Looks nice on both desktops and mobile devices.

Adobe Digital Trends 2015 paper


Interesting read, think we’ll be having a fair bit of this with new FG site DIB Digital Trends Report 2015_EMEA

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Ditch your app; focus on mobile web


“It’s difficult to get people to use your app”

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Reuters Digital News Report 2014

This year’s report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 18,000 online news consumers in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Denmark and Finland. This website contains data about the growth of tablets and smartphones, generational and country based differences in media usage. Also analysis […]

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Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS


You know the importance of technology to the future of journalism has become a widely accepted fact when a prominent editor decides to join a new company because of its content management system. That’s what Ezra Klein told The New York Times about his decision to leave The Washington Post for Vox Media, a digital […]

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Multi-media rich – NYT


The story always comes first, as it would in any newsroom, so the formats chosen are those that best present the story we’re trying to tell. In this particular case, the final formats you see are the result of constant discussion and evolution throughout the process as we discovered what the key parts of the […]


Time Warner’s magazines to go it alone


Untethered from the growing parts of Time Warner, some of the most famous magazines in America will have to fight for themselves. Can a magazine strategy transfer well to digital?


Article / Interview web layout


  For stories that are built around a single interview, Vox is now publishing both the story and the interview transcript in parallel.   


Structured online comments


On the occasion of a new pope, the Times offered up a new commenting platform that filtered reader responses by mood and identity.

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News as Atoms & Waves

What works for Vox are streams or waves of story updates, told in reverse chronological order, allowing readers to keep up with the latest updates and to contribute as well. Other media, including The Washington Post, Reuters Politics and ITV, have been presenting readers with timelines and content streams as well. Another approach some are […]


The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age


It’s an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. As bad as this report makes parts of the Times’ culture seem, there are two significant reasons for optimism.
First: So much of the digital work of The New York Times is so damned good, despite all the roadblocks detailed here. Take those barriers away and think what they could do.

And second: While it was a group effort — full list on page 3 here — the leader of this committee was Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the publisher’s son and the presumed heir to the throne, either when his father retires in a few years or sometime thereafter. His involvement in this report shows that he understands the issues facing the institution. That speaks well for the Times’ future.

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Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism


Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction for The Best of Journalism, a weekly email newsletter I publish. The result is my annual Best Of Journalism Awards. I couldn’t read every worthy piece published last year and haven’t included any paywalled articles or many of the numerous pieces from The Atlantic that […]

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The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons


Start at the top, left-hand corner, of A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design, and read from left to right. Each era (say, Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau) is represented by a rectangular box that includes several squares that graphically represent the style described. The Modern movement, one of the largest movements depicted here, includes Bauhaus, […]


Background on Katachi Magazine


It is very much a tactile experience, but not in the same way as print. It’s very hard to describe because we really don’t understand it fully yet ourselves. The best way I can describe it is as an x factor in the mathematic sense. We design something on screen and then put it on […]

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How 10 news organizations look at issues of online engagement

How do you measure success in the digital sphere? How should news organizations interact with their audience? What’s the best way to personalize content for individual users?


How publishers’ premium subscriptions stack up


Some give readers greater access to reporters, while others strive to make members’ online reading experiences a bit less painful…Prices, too, vary widely: The New York Times charges nearly $600 for a year of its Times Premier subscription; Slate, on the other hand, is asking for just $50.


Mundo 3 – Progressive Online Newspaper Design.


Exceptional UX and UI work. What stands out for me is the CHOICE of content presentations available to the user- from visual timelines and map points to masonry, grids, and standard listings. The simple filtering system complements the layout system nicely too…

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web

What if we were to embrace the ecosystem of the web and combined established journalistic techniques with new ways of finding, telling and communicating stories? Opened ourselves up? Put the people formerly known as the audience at the heart of everything? Combined the elite and the street… and the tweet?

The Times building ‘suite of tools’ for multimedia stories

In a post published on The Times Digital Development blog yesterday, Joseph Stashko, digital news development editor, and news developer Ændrew Rininsland explain how a recent article, ‘My Year with Malala‘, was built using WordPress and Twitter Bootstrap tools.

Digital first: what it means for journalism


The article is no longer the atomic unit of news. It’s not dead. I didn’t kill it. But in the age of online – of “digital first,” as the Guardian defined its strategy this month – we should reconsider the article and its place. No longer do the means of production and distribution of media necessitate boxing the world into neat, squared-off spaces published once a day and well after the fact. Freed of print’s strictures, we are finding many new and sometimes better ways to gather and share information.

NSA Files Decoded – Guardian


A new multimedia extravaganza from The Guardian takes an in-depth look at what Edward Snowden’s leaks “mean for you.” It comes replete with plenty of high quality video, a gorgeous custom page layout, and lots of doodads throughout. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that it’s The Guardian’s volley in the “Snowfall” game first served up by my former colleagues at The New York Times.

Pinterest and Text Content


Create your own Pinterest reading room

Design 101


Design 101: Udacity’s first Design course, led by none other than Donald Norman, contemporary of Jakob Nielsen and author of “The Design of Everyday Things”