Over the last few months in the evenings and at weekends, I’ve been working on redesigning the Pittenweem Properties website for friends here in Anstruther. The site launched a couple of weeks ago.
Pittenweem Properties offers high-quality self-catered holiday accommodation and property management services in and around Pittenweem. They currently manage properties in Carnbee just outside Anstruther and Pittenweem. But their portfolio is growing and for good reason — the properties they own and manage are to a very high standard and in a beautiful part of Scotland: the East Neuk of Fife.
Like probably thousands of other web professionals I owe a lot to Jeffrey Zeldman.
I remember spending hours sitting on a balcony in Tenerife, while Jane and her parents were out exploring the island and enjoying the sunshine, reading the first edition of his book Designing with Web Standards.
That book changed how I looked at the web and how I began to develop websites.
This is an excellent 40 minutes documentary, from Lynda.com, about Zeldman’s 20 years of “designing, organizing, and most of all sharing on the web”.
If you are interested in web development, you should watch it.
I spotted this video scroll past me in Twitter the other day. It lasts 31 seconds, is from an interview with Ethan Marcotte (who gave us responsive web design, as we know it today). I thought it was worth transcribing and sharing.
The web is definitely getting cheaper and slower, and more broadly accessed. Which is why it is incumbent upon us to make sure that our websites are not necessary the only place where that information lives. It could be in apps, it could be in services that are then pulled by other people. I think the more distributed we could think about our content and our services, I think the better off we’re going to be. I don’t know if the web is in decline but I definitely think it needs to be a lot more nimble.