Andy Clarke’s ego likes words like ‘ambassador for CSS’, ‘industry prophet’ and ‘inspiring’, but he’s most proud that Jeffrey Zeldman (the Godfather of web standards) once called him a “triple talented bastard” He runs Stuff and Nonsense, a small web design company that specialises in fashionably flexible websites.
Photo: Geri Coady
Articles by Andy Clarke
23 12/2012 Monkey Business
Andy Clarke unpicks issues of cost and value, specifically when clients question our prices. It can be uncomfortable, but there’s always wiggle room. Bear left? Monkey right.
23 12/2011 There’s No Formula for Great Designs
Andy Clarke re-examines the formula used to convert static to fluid grids, and describes how he adapts it within his own custom grids to maintain connectedness in designs across devices. Like great design, there’s a perfect Christmas out there somewhere, but there’s no formula for it.
23 12/2010 Circles of Confusion
Andy Clarke whittles his early photographic experience into an innovative approach to deciding what matters most in a user’s experience of a visual design – capture and order what needs to remain consistent, and share the process (and the port and stilton) with clients.
23 12/2009 Ignorance Is Bliss
Andy Clarke shares a case study highlighting the benefits of progressively enhanced web design. Ever wondered how to convince your clients to let you use cutting edge web techniques? It may be simpler than you think.
23 12/2008 Contract Killer
Andy Clarke rides into town to remind us of the importance of having a proper contract in place between those providing a service (usually us) and our clients commissioning the work. Projects that don’t run to plan are a fact of life, so make sure you’re prepared.
14 12/2007 Underpants Over My Trousers
Andy Clarke looks to the world of comic books and graphic novels for inspiration in web design. Personally, I look for design inspiration is Christmas wrapping paper, which, as it turns out, is a less successful technique. On the whole I’d recommend Clarke’s approach above mine. Lesson learned.
Andy Clarke details an approach for embedding production notes inside your document – a useful aid to project management and team communications throughout the development phases of any project. Sounds like Santa isn’t the only one who’ll be getting notes this Christmas.
16 12/2005 "Z's not dead baby, Z's not dead"
Andy Clarke dusts off the CSS
z-indexproperty to take control of the depth of his positioned elements. Why not try it out for yourself and see how it all stacks up. Santa’s not the only thing in your stack this Christmas. Erm … ok, I’m outta puns.