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Holger's (@foobartel) post about this year's BeyondTellerrand Düsseldorf conference and the inspiration that transpires touches on a raw nerve for me.

(…) With so much sameness on the web these days, I would love to see more people dare, more creative outcomes and results, and more creative thinking, much more often. That’s myself included. (…)

I'm a graphic designer with all the formal education, with all the "creative" baggage and struggles that led me to study graphic design - an interest in illustration, street art, the skate culture and underground comics - and found my calling in the web. From the early/mid 90's, I gradually shifted from magazine and print layout, from illustration to html, css and programming. I dived deeper and deeper into what makes the web tick, and after more than twenty years in the front-line of conceptualizing, designing, building, and maintaining web sites I think I have a pretty broad AND deep understanding of the cogs and wheels involved. But. Every time I create something for the web, I have the feeling it is kind of dull. It works, it is lean. It is maintainable, scalable. Most of the web sites I produce live more than five years, some of them are happily humming along after more than 10 years.
And yet, often when I am confronted with ideas by designers who don't have that understanding of the web, there is this element of surprise and playfulness that I am missing in my work.
Maybe true innovation needs that element of ignorance that we so often call out and blame "the designers" for.
It is not that I, or we, always fall back to trusted solutions, no, but still, I have the feeling that while my work provides solid benefit for my clients, it kind of lacks the truly innovative and surprising moment. Interesting question is, and that's kind of what the conference planted, is it really that I'm not "allowed" the creative freedom in the bread-and-butter jobs or is it that I *think* that the truly creative ideas would be wasted anyway on these clients?

Definitely something to think about a litte longer.


It is amazing to have these webmentions flying in. All. Different. Kinds. A bookmark, in this case (I'm not sure if my site will display this correct, but the mention came in) - thank you!
Man, there's so much I want to do right now in the underbelly of my site... stoked.

In reply to: adactio.com

Southpaths unite! ;-) Thanks for the repost, Jonas. (and a reminder to myself to add post images to videos), hehe.

In reply to blog.voss.co

Maybe it's just me, but there was a special mood in the crowd this time. More cheering when speakers entered the stage. More clapping after each talk. I don't really know. Maybe I'm just projecting here.

No you're not. There were several moments were I had tears in my eyes. Coming out of nowhere, but it hit me, hard. A feeling of belonging. I felt cheesy and open at the same time.

I am very happy to have you/your site back in my bubble, Bastian. And thanks for all the hard work with Kirby, and yes the irony is not lost on me that I write this thanks thru my WordPress install.

In reply to: Back From The Dead

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Testing a suddenly failing webmention implemention in WordPress 5.2.

For me the past felt like people defined the Internet. Today brands define the same thing I used to like.

And adding to that, people trying harder than ever to become their own brands wherever you look, while the behemoths of capitalism, the brands and their marketing, try so hard to stage as persons, friends even.

I already miss the small but always meaningful exchanges we have when we meet in person. *hug

Digital loneliness

In this note, I use my blog to syndicate - as a tweet in my Twitter profile - that I successfully answered to a post over at my Mastodon profile, again using my blog.
Mind: bowling.
Indieweb tech ftw

Testing my blog set up for interaction with the fediverse, via fed.brid.gy, as discovered via this post

#bandsforthedev

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