⇾ Using the iPad Pro as Main Computer

Jon has written a good post about his personal experience using an iPad Pro as his main computer. What I like is, that he describes how he got there and since when and what else he tried. I see a lot of things similar to what he describes. I was totally tempted to do exactly what he says and skip a computer update and get an iPad Pro (or a Surface earlier and heard what he says about this way too often sadly). The downsides he mentiones about using it for web related work are a reason not to do it right now. Still tempting … ;)

(I am typing this on an iPad Air 2 while having breakfast btw)

⇾ Visit: Using the iPad Pro as Main Computer

Hello 2019

Hello dear 2019. I am happy you are here, as 2018 left a strange taste. I can’t complain about your past really, but for some reason – which I can’t describe or grab – 2018 felt not good and everything felt heavy, clumsy and harder as usual.

Therefore I am happy that you are here, to hopefully change this again. I am looking forward to a year full of great things again. Another – hopefully – lovely event in Düsseldorf, a new home for Berlin’s 2019 edition and many other interesting things in the pipeline.

Not to forget my role as chairman of the Smashing Magazine supervisory board in which I am looking forward to being part of events in San Francisco, Toronto, Freiburg (even though not completely as my youngest nephew is going to get married) and New York. I am looking forward to meeting Vitaly and the team again and get those things kicked off. Some of the team, including me, have written a short end-of-year note as well.

Collage of photos showing a set of lovely presents I got from Chris Shiflett
A lovely surprise this morning – presents from Chris Shiflett’s Faculty

Yesterday I had the first day looking at emails after two weeks again and today I wanted to work on my taxes. The door bell rang and I got a lovely present of Faculty, Chris Shiflett’s new-ish studio. What a lovely way to get back to work. ;)

Oh … and where we speak about kicking things off, when I made plans of running beyond tellerrand in Munich in January 2018, I have written about Simon and how much I liked his New Adventures as kick off for the year. Well, if you haven’t gotten any notice yet (you must live on the moon!): it’s back!!. In less than three weeks I am going to be in Nottingham and am sooo much looking forward to great talks and workshops. But mostly to meet all those people for the first time in 2019 and make the first new friends in this fresh and new year. There are still tickets left and you should get one to be part of it.

Anyways. Whether we meet at New Adventures or anywhere else, I am seriously looking forward to conversations and stories from everybody I meet in the upcoming year.

⇾ Building an Accessible Color System

Last month I was trying to make my sites more accessible. One problem was my choice of colours. And even though some of them are not as I wanted them to be in the first place, accessibility was more important.

This article is a nice read about how to build an accessible color system from scratch.

⇾ Visit: Building an Accessible Color System

⇾ Animation That Adds Value

Animation certainly can be annoying when over-used and not used, where it makes sense. Even worse is, when it prevents the users from actually using what they are trying to use. In this Medium article Vernon Joyce has collected useful tips and examples to explain useful and subtle use of animation, that can actually add value to your website and/or interfaces.

⇾ Visit: Animation That Adds Value

⇾ Event FAQs


Maria Keenan has written a 14-part FAQ with the most common questions about events and organising events for Tito. Obviously not everything fits to every event, but it is a nice, general overview.

⇾ Visit: Event FAQs

A Wonderful Morning

You wake up at 6:25 and are in a pretty grumpy mood. All kids leave the house, you take the little one to kindergarten and get out into the forest to walk the dog.

Back from the walk, you get yourself a coffee and sit down in front of your computer to start working on emails. Tweetbot pings you that people mention your event and I start smiling.

What a great morning if your Twitter timeline is full of people “complaining” about having to wear and use @btconf swag. hahaha … love you people 😘

Screenshot showing a conversation on Twitter with people dressed in beyond tellerrand t-shirts

Off to Berlin to Check a Couple of Venues That Are in My Closer Selection

4:30 in the morning is certainly not my time to get up. At the airport visit Berlin for the day. Having appointments at a few venues to check if anything fits to be the new home for beyond tellerrand in Berlin.

Anyone fancy breakfast or a coffee around 8:30 or 9:00 somewhere close to Neukölln? Ping me

Think About! Conference

I had a nice chat to Jakob of the organising team of this new event and it really sounds interesting, what they are planning. I got caught by the line …

Event about Technology, Design and their impact on Society

… and I am really interested to see what this means and how it turns out. The line-up looks promising and if you are interested in finding out more, I suggest you check their website and/or follow them on Twitter. And as Think About! is taking place after my 2019 Düsseldorf edition, I am definitley going to check it out.

Will we meet?

⇾ An Alfred Workflow for WebPageTest

If you are using Alfred, like I do, this WebPageTest workflow for Alfred comes in super handy.

⇾ Visit: An Alfred Workflow for WebPageTest

⇾ Risking a Homogeneous Web


The big concern here is we’ve lost another voice from an engine perspective.

What Tim says!

⇾ Visit: Risking a Homogeneous Web