It was fun joining Backstories

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picture of me on a couch for the podcast backstories

Keir Whitaker started the Backstories. This is a new interview show with people from the world of web, design, digital, and beyond. So it is a bit like what I do with TWUMBLE, but only in English of course. It runs under the label of his and Kieran’s Bck To Front Show. Each show is about 30 minutes and I had the honour of being the first guest in this new show. I had a lovely time chatting with Keir and hope you are going to enjoy the outcome of our conversation.

⇾ Amsterdam for Fornteers 2016

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Picture of Amsterdam

Still fighting a cold, but good to be back in #Amsterdam for #fronteers16

⇾ Pins won't save the World

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We know pins won’t save the world, but wearing them might make us feel better. And convincing our likeminded liberal friends to vote for Hillary can go a long way, especially in a swing state.

By Jessica Walsh, Felipe Rocha, Stefan Sagmeister, Daniel Brokstad, Ange Iannarelli, Chen Yu, Kim Corti, and Harry Butt

⇾ Handy ebook about fonts in apps

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“Fonts in Apps” – very handy (German) ebook by Frank Rausch. Lovely talk btw. at #typoday, Frank!

Events you can meet me at in the fourth quarter of 2016

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Damn … the time is flying again and we are already near to the last three month of 2016! Crazy, isn’t it? With this post, I want to continue what I started beginning of this year with post about my first, second and third quarter and which events I’ll attend in these months 2016. Don’t get it wrong: it is not a list of events I recommend! I am doing this, as I hope to being able to catch up with some of you as I think, many of you might be at one or another event on my list as well.


For year I try to get over to Amsterdam to attend Fronteers. I know the people organising it, I often know a lot of the speakers, only their date always was an issue for me as it always was within the Autumn school break of my kids and we were away on holidays. This year, finally, it is taking place the week before out Autumn school break. And even though I won’t be able to stay the whole time, I am very much looking forward to at least being part of it at all. Fronteers is taking place from October 6th to 7th with workshops and side activities on 5th. Sadly all tickets are sold out already.


Westvisions is a new and free event in Duisburg. The venue is a lovely, old industrial building in the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, which I also love to travel to with my family. On October 19 the “Gebläsehalle” is the venue for the first Westvisions event. Starting from 18:00 on and ending 21:15 with networking, drinks and snacks, it is an evening event or after work event. I am also going as with Val Head and Seb Lee-Delisle two of my friends, who already spoke at beyond tellerrand, are speaking.

Smashing Conference Barcelona

SmashingConf is back in Barcelona for the second time. And even if you’d have no interest in the topics or the event at all, the venue on its own, the “Palau de la Música Catalana” (here’s the whole set of last year’s event), is worth coming ;)

On October 25 and 26 a great set of speakers is going to give their talks. And the good news is, that tickets are still available. I myself might be a bit off track, as beyond tellerrand in Berlin is very close after SmashingConf in Barcelona. But I am there … physically at least.

Shopify Event in December

I’d give this event a better name, if I only would know the name. ;)

Shopify is running a series of new events, targeting all types of people. The one I am at has no confirmed name yet, but is taking place on December 5th in Bristol. As soon as I know more about it, I am going to update this post.

As you can see it is not too much that I gonna attend until the end of the year. In October there are a few events, but I really have to focus on beyond tellerrand and surely have to work a bit during those events. Accept from beyond tellerrand in November, up to now nothing more is planned for November. And for December I only plan with the Shopify event right now. I mean, sure, this can change any time soon. I will update this post if that is the case. Otherwise I plan to spend some time to tweak a few things on the beyond tellerrand website. Any events I am missing? [Let me know about them]

Geek Mental Help Week 2016

Luckily, I myself – as far as I know – never suffered any (mental) health problems since I started working. On the Web and before. But I know quite a number of people who did or do and sometimes I'm really astonished and surprised that this person really has or had to deal with mental health issues. It's hard to imagine what kind of issues someone has to deal with and how they actually become noticeable. I am pretty sure, that sometimes, people having problems even don't know they really have. For those examples I know of, the variety of where it led to ranges from “just” being tired and having to take a break up to the point that someone nearly killed him-/herself.

Next week, starting on October 3rd 2016, this year's Geek Mental Help Week is taking place. It is a week-long series of blog posts and articles, of conversations and podcasts, and also events, like the MK Geek Mental Help Night, all across the Web. Topics are covering mental health issues, but also how to help people who suffer.

And even if you are not affected, you are able to help and drive attention to the topic. Follow @geekmentalhelp and visit the Website to stay tuned. Oh, and spread the word, please … thanks.

⇾ The Age of the Wordless Logo

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Jürgen Siebert posted this link on Twitter this morning. An interesting read about the shift to create or re-brand logos without using text anymore.

Broken avatars in Tweetbot 2.4.2?

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Today I updated my Tweetbot desktop app on Mac to version 2.4.2. This update supports the lately introduced update to Twitter, which allows to post tweets without URLs or images counted into the 140 characters of Twitter.

After updating, the images of my accounts in the sidebar were all broken. I asked Tapbots on Twitter, but before they were able to answer, Matthias Haak replied to me with the solution, which is to remove the images in the cache via terminal with the following line:

Code block

rm -rf ~/Library/Containers/com.tapbots.TweetbotMac/Data/Library/Caches

I hope this also helps you. ;)

The last From The Front

Photo by Marek Lenik –

I had the honour of speaking at From the Front, an event for designers and developers, which was held yearly in Bologna, a beautiful town in Italy. I enjoyed every minute of it and had the rare chance to bring my wife and my youngest daughter with me as my other two kids had been aways with their school.

I gave a talk in Bristol earlier this year, which went pretty well and was about the “The Human Side of Event Organisation”. I am not speaking very often, therefore I was quite nervous. Especially as my talk contained some very personal stuff to underline the core idea I had with it. But from the feedback I got after the talk and in the bar later as well as what I read on Twitter, people seem to have liked it.

More importantly, and the actual reason for writing this post, I wanted to thank the people behind the event. Marco, Rocco, Emanuala, Franceso and everybody who’s name I did not mention (so sorry!). I know how hard it is to put up such an event and to have an eye for the details and take care of the people you invite to come – the attendees and the speakers. I am very sad that – hopefully only for now – From the Front came to an end with this year’s edition. We need events like this, where people care about things. Thanks to all of you and hopefully see you soon!

My Photos from Smashing Conference in Freiburg 2016


As I promised yesterday, here is my set of photos from Smashing Conference 2016 in Freiburg. After ten years of running Smashing Magazine, it was time to throw some cake and cupcakes, not to forget the very addictive chocolate fountain.

I hope you enjoy this set of impressions.