Ben Holliday is an experienced designer, leader, writer and speaker. This is his blog (started in 2005). If you’re new to this site, Ben has published a playbook for design linking together many of his blog posts from the past 8 years of work in the pubic sector. You can get in touch or follow him on Twitter.

Web Standards

Back to work

I had a great break with all my family down in Cornwall last week and just about managed to keep away from the world of web.

I did however make time to read Cameron Moll‘s new Mobile Web Design book. It was a nice short read while on holiday but what it lacked in length it certainly made up for in quality.

Rich Media Training with AbilityNet

Last Tuesday I attended a training day run by AbilityNet in London on the topic of Rich Media. The day covered a range of topics concerned with Rich Media and Accessibility and I’d thought I would share a few thoughts from what was covered here.

An Evening With WCAG 2.1?

Last Tuesday evening I went along with my new employers to a free session being hosted by the RNIB in London entitled “What’s New – WCAG 2.0 and Current Issues”.

The Speaker was Shawn Henry from the W3C Web Initiative and having read Joe Clarke’s well documented A List Apart article ‘To Hell with WCAG 2‘ last year I was interested to hear first hand about the now much revised version.

Year of the web book (2006)

Well Christmas has long since passed and so has the opportunity for a proper yearly review of 2006 (well, it is nearly February after all!).

The start of the year has been pretty busy so far and in a way it’s felt like I’ve still been finishing off 2006 with the recent official launch of a new site I’ve been working on since well before Christmas.

Websites that win awards

Last week was the annual FE First awards arranged by the Marketing Network (Marketers in Post 16 Education). For those of you who don’t has the pleasure of working in the UK Further Education system in marketing, communications or design this may not seem a big deal but these awards are the closest we ever come to glitz, glamour and a small award certificate/trophy.


Last friday I attended d.construct 2006 at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. It was a really good conference and answered many of my questions about API‘s as well as addressing the usefulness of the various services to designers/developers working in real business situations.

Getting some style

Since launching this blog I’ve unfortunately struggled to find the time to work on what is ultimately most important to me as someone who works making websites… the design. I love working with web standards and am committed to accessibility and usability but most of all the reason I choose to spend 4 years studying art and graphic design is because I care about how things look visually.

d.construct 2006

I’m pleased to say I’m the proud owner of one dconstruct 2006 ticket. I believe they sold out in 36 hours so it will be great be there… especially as it’s in Brighton!

…and so it begins

Well I’ve finally got around to writing a blog. As you can see we’re currently running on the good old wordpress default template… but I have always said that content was more important than style (cough!)… but no really, good things shall come of this and I thought that it might actually be nice to document in the blog how I designed the blog as we go along.