Mark Boulton


Five recommendations (and many examples) for how to nurture engagement in European newsrooms

I've spent my fair share of time around news rooms over the years, first with the BBC and then with clients when I ran Mark Boulton Design. This piece from Nieman Lab has some gems in it. This is a standout, though:

“Make internal culture change a priority”: Articulate your organization’s values, use your community as active citizens instead of product users, and set up steps to hold others in your organization accountable for engagement
Pretty much applies to most modern organisations, though. Mobilise your internal community around shared goals at the same time as paying attention to your users or customers.

Published on 08 Mar 2019

Going Offline—the talk of the book

Jeremy's latest post on his recent AEA talk got me thinking. Some useful QA in the post too as well as other books and stuff you should read.

Published on 08 Mar 2019

HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points

'Everyone is angry about CSS again'. Yep. Always.

Published on 31 Jan 2019

The right amount of perfect

I really like this idea. It's something I've tried to instill and do in many projects since running Mark Boulton Design, then at Monotype, and now at EMBL. The 'right amount of perfect' is never a perfect approach however. It's fine to do this in a project team that understands how web things are made. But when you're dealing with multiple teams, many stakeholders with different perspectives, then the 'figuring out phase' also becomes the 'showing how the sausage is made' stage. It requires coaching and a steady hand. Still sound advice, though.

Published on 31 Jan 2019

The “Hard-edge” of Graphic Design—One Abstract Painter’s Exploration of Early Computer Graphics

Published on 25 Jan 2019

Designing for the web ought to mean making HTML and CSS

"For a while that felt like it was almost the norm. That web designers confined to the illusions of Photoshop mocks were becoming more rare. And that web designers were getting better at working with their materials. But as The Great Divide points out, regression is lurking, because the industry is making it too hard to work directly with the web. The towering demands inherent in certain ways of working with JavaScript are rightfully scaring some designers off from implementing their ideas at all. That’s a travesty."

Published on 25 Jan 2019

The Burden of Precision | Daniel Eden, Designer

The personal site, blog, and portfolio of Daniel Eden, a designer who cares about the web and design systems

Published on 24 Jan 2019

Do websites need to look exactly the same in every browser?


Published on 24 Jan 2019