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.


Insight Conference

It’s been another busy old month but I’ve been wanting to write up a quick review on another conference I got to attend. On the 27th of September I went along to the Insight Conference organised by the Institute of Fundraising: Analysis in Fundraising.

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.

HTML Mastery Reviewed

As I mentioned last week in my ‘year of the web book’ post I’ve just finished reading ‘HTML Mastery – Semantics, Standards, and Styling’ by Paul Haine.

The book is both a good read and gives a good indepth overview of HTML (including XHTML and XML) as well as having a really good emphasis on semantics including a useful section on Microformats.

Firefox extensions for Christmas

These are only festive because I’ve just come across them but over the last week two great additions for Firefox have come to my attention.

First up is FireBug which I think has been around for a while now but came to my attention again when reading an article on Dave Shea’s Mezzablue site.

Learning PHP and MySQL

I spent yesterday on a one-day course learning about using PHP with MySQL. The course was actually being run by the College I work for so I was really fortunate to get to go along for free.

Along with both a PHP introduction course and a MySQL introduction course running at the College, this course was aimed more at beginners when it comes to programming.

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.

New Media, New Engagement

In a belated post I had the opportunity to attend this one off conference on the 12th of October. Organised by the CIPR Education & Skills Group this was a one day event looking at the strategic use of new media in Marketing, Communications and PR in Education.