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The Rissington Podcast
53 minutes | a year ago
Episode 24 - "You'd be good at glassblowing!"
We recorded this episode just after the UK General Election in December 2019, so our moods were a little sombre. Answering your lovely questions helped us forget all that though! We knew we wouldn't get it edited before Christmas, so this is "The New Year" episode. Font of the week is Infini UX Technique of the week is the KJ Technique for establishing priorities In the questions we talk about: Hobbies for relaxation Dream clients to work for Jobs that never came to fruition, and the time Jon nearly made a website for an upmarket sex shop Favourite, and least favourite, design trends What job we wanted to have when we were growing up When is the right time to allow your kids to have a phone, and strategies for managing the potential hell it unleashes Links:A Call to ARMS: Apple Remote Management Service UDP Reflection/Amplification DDoS Attacks | NETSCOUT — The vulnerability that was used to attack Corbyn's websiteEvery Noise at OnceMusic Genre-ator — Make up your own music genres!What Is “Escape Room” And Why Is It One Of My Top Genres On Spotify? — A detailed explanation of how Spotify's weird music genre algorithm worksInfini typeface by Sandrine Nugue | CNAP — Font of the week!Sandrine Nugue — The French designer that created Infini, and that Jon had a hard time pronouncingThe KJ-Technique: A Group Process for Establishing Priorities — UX Articles by UIE — UX technique of the week!Luke Dorny☕ (@luxuryluke) • Instagram photos and videosCream Co (@creamltdco) • Instagram photos and videos — Luxury Lukes Leatherwork!Mat Irvine - HomePage Frameset — Who Jon wanted to be when he grew upHome | Resolve to Save Lives — The health charity that Jon is working for.Rationalist Association — One of John's favourite clientsThe Audience Agency | The Audience Agency — John's current clientCoco de Mer — The job that never wasCanonical | The company behind Ubuntu — Ubuntu, Ubuntu they drink it in the CongoHumans of Flat Design (@HumansOfFlat) / Twitter — A twitter feed where people moan about a particular fashionBrutalist WebsitesKirby - The file-based content management systemA Showcase of 50 Skeuomorphic Designs — In case you've already forgotten what it looked like
57 minutes | a year ago
Episode 23 - If you see someone without a smile
Two days, two dinners and two locations later, this time we cover design systems, UX science, Greggs sausage rolls, the future of the web and biscuits.Links:A Candle for Fucking Meetings — Meetings, the icing on the arsenic cake that is any weekday morning, afternoon or evening.Children of Men Official TrailerDoug Stanhope on nationalism — Explicit! Carolyn Wood — Copywriting and Content StrategyThe Inter typeface family — Inter is a typeface carefully crafted & designed for computer screens.The Birth of InterFigma — The collaborative interface design toolHellvetica — Kern in hellDavid CarsonSocial model of disability — The social model of disability is a way of viewing the world, developed by disabled people.Microsoft's Inclusive DesignInsider Insight™Soho Farmhouse — Members Club & Hotel in OxfordshireFred Dibnah — Laddering a chimney (Part 1)The Design Sprint 2.0The Fox Inn, Great Barrington — Cotswolds Inn & RestaurantMaterial DesignLightning Design System — Salesforce's design systemVoice and Tone — Mailchimp Content Style GuideNew Identity for iHasco — Jon's work on the iHasco identityGreggs sausage rollGoodbye, Google — (from 2009) Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People — This article, from UX magazine, introduces a sample chapter from the authors’ new book, 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People.cufón — Fonts for the peopleAMP — a web component framework to easily create user-first web experiencesProgressive web apps — Progressive web apps use modern web APIs along with traditional progressive enhancement strategy to create cross-platform web applications. These apps work everywhere and provide several features that give them the same user experience advantages as native apps. This set of docs tells you all you need to know about them.Fathom — Simple analytics for bloggers & businessesShipston Secret Supper Club — John's one off secret supper clubToast of London — "Yes" Clip Chipping Norton Recording Studio Awarded PlaqueRationalist Association/New HumanistGrayson Perry on TwitterBeing John Malkovich - TrailerButter cookies — The bit about Danish butter cookiesSablé (biscuit)Rich tea biscuitPeter kay - HobnobsWispa — Cadbury Wispa Bite: an aerated milk chocolate bar with a caramel and biscuit layer. Launched 2000 and discontinued 2003.Twix — Twix is a chocolate bar made by Mars, Inc., consisting of a biscuit applied with other confectionery toppings and coatings (most frequently caramel and milk chocolate)
18 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 22 - Bonus - Mental health
We recorded lots of little experimental sections for episode 22 to see if anything stuck. Many of them probably won't see the light of day but we did just want to share a bit where we talk about mental health issues.Links:Bird TherapyThe SimpleBits Show — Start with a t-shirt: Jake Nickell, Founder and CEO of ThreadlessThe Threadless Book by Jake NickellJonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews)Eddie Izzard "Do You Have a Flag?" — Sketch From "Dress to Kill"
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 22 – It's bulb time!
Attempts to improve the audio this time but still a few plosives in places. Pop! It's all the usual gubbings: Housekeeping; Font of the Week; UX Technique of the Week and of course Listener Questions. If we didn't answer yours this time, we'll probably get to it next time. Happy listening and remember, send us your questions (Link to the form in the episode links list).Links:Get in touch — Send us your questions, answers and podcast recommendations via the Google FormGrant for the Web — Grant for the Web is a $100M fund to boost open, fair, and inclusive standards and innovation in web monetization.Fortunately... with Fi and JaneOlder and Wider PodcastThe SimpleBits ShowSam HardacreBrendan DawesSalome from Atipo foundryTimes New Bastard — It's Times New Roman but every seventh letter is jarringly sans serifInsider Insight — Listen to Mona Patel talking about Insider Insight Dustin Wilson's Polar BearIE PNG FixBibendum restaurantThe morning regime tweetDesign Club Plex MusicWalking in the Air – Aled JonesDaddy or Chips?Figma — The collaborative interface design toolAffinity Designer — Professional graphic design software for desktop and iPadLinea — Drawing tools for your iPad and iPhoneSketch - The digital design toolkitAxel Scheffler's official websiteJon's cover art for In RainbowsListen to Radiohead’s OK Computer & In Rainbows togetherThe Fleece in WitneyHow to make the perfect aranciniGinsters Buffert Bar (Scroll the page!)Send us your questions — We're alway hungry for questions, ask us anything.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 21 - Housekeeping & warming up after a 10 year break
10 years of housekeeping is discussed, whilst John OK fails to concentrate on anything but the recording process and practicing his heavy breathing routine. Fortunately Mr. Hicks holds it all together, consummate professional that he is. That is right until the end when Jon (short for Jonathan) makes a revelation that will rock the design industry to its very core. Clickbait? You betcha!Links:Send us your question or your moment of fail! — This is the form to submit your 'Moment of Fail' and/or your question for Episode 22Zadok the Priest — Delusions of grandeur? Zadok the Priest played by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraCalling all workers - Eric Coates — The opening titles to the podcastKingsbridge Pub and RestaurantBourton on the Water — "Venice of the Cotswolds"... apparentlyWhat Are Design Tokens? — Probably a better explanation of what Design Tokens actually areWhich has a better First Meaningful Paint time? — That HTML versus React tweetBoagworld PodcastAdam Buxton podcastRHLSTPOff Menu Podcast — The Off Menu podcast with James Acaster and Ed Gamble99% Invisible — The 99% Invisible podcastPresentable — Jeff Veen's podcastUI Breakfast PodcastThe Elastic Brand — A podcast which explores the art of creating outstanding brand identities for a digital world.CSS Zen Garden — The Beauty of CSS DesignGravity beer — The Beer Jon was drinkingBack in Stock — Jon's back in stock illustration from 2016Variable Fonts — Mind blowing variable fontsHK Grotesk — Jon's font of the 'week'HK Grotesk Pro — The pro version of Jon's font of the weeksIFR — This is how we did typography in the old days, with Flash of course!Hill House font — Jon's Hillhouse fontFontself — "The easiest way to make your own fonts" Illustrator and Photoshop pluginCrufts: The World's Greatest Dog ShowZilla Slab — Mozilla's fontPriority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes – A List ApartTextpattern CMS — Glad to see Textpattern is still going strongSeason 1 archive of The Rissington PodcastOpera Browser — The Opera Jon talks about in his moment of failCold by Jorge Mendez — The track accompanying Jon's moment of failBBC Radio 5 live - Outriders — Continuity announcer at the end of the episode is from a interview we did for the BBC many years ago
2 minutes | 2 years ago
2019 - Preflight checks
Jon Hicks and John Oxton-King, broadcasting from deep inside the Cotswolds, UK. Think of this as a web-geek version of Gardeners Question Time. We also have regular(ish) spots such as typeface of the 'week', UX techniques we like and any geek/technology thing we care to talk about. We are your expert panellists, agony aunts and general life-gurus, so send us your questions we are all ears, and the space inbetween them.
63 minutes | 12 years ago
Stupidly, we recorded this one when we were both knackered, and it shows. It’s the longest we’ve done yet, and we’ve had to edit it to within an inch of it’s life to make it vaguely listenable! Anyway, for better or for worse, here’s episode 20! Housekeeping! Mark Boulton’s Designing for the Web, the best book we’ve seen in a long time. It’s a triumph! We’re moving away from the RAF base at Rissington to the cute Cotswold town of Burford The lovely folks at Sitepoint have given us 5 copies of Ian Lloyds “How to build your first website the right way using HTML and CSS” to give away. We also endorse this book. Email us by March 28th with suggestions for a new name for the podcast! Links! Simon Clayson’s on this site. The Tweed Run mentioned by Mr Dennis Places to visit near Moreton-in-the-Marsh Stow on the Wold Dude a day, which one are you? Butter Label The RYDA Bear Beep! Beep! It’s Chav Pingu Cheeky Monkey was also mentioned Jason Santa Maria’s Recommended Books Mister Nice Hands Robin Reliant made into raft Tally ho and chocks away!
79 minutes | 12 years ago
Episode 19 - The Xmas Special
We wish you a merry festive period and a satisfactorily refreshing New Year. Can you spot all 3 subtle earworms in this podcast? Linky-poos Letter from the Welsh Space Agency The Shorty Awards John’s somewhat ancient photo gallery template Clientcopia Mr T in Your Pocket Captain Plughole Mr T’s Treat Your Mother Right Font of the week: Galaxie Polaris Paper Prototyping on A List Apart Things – Task management on the Mac The IE6 Equation ‘Minority Report’ OS brought to life Lumen Dr. Who logos Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Caine blows the gaff on end of a cult classic User experience design links A few regular spots John Oxton visits for UX info: Wikipedia’s info on UX design UX Magazine User Interface Engineering Finally, the Nielsen Norman Group Report on Agile Usability: Best Practices for User Experience on Agile Development Projects is a whopping $84 for the PDF but if you are a designer inside an Agile Development team and you are struggling with the whole thing, I thoroughly recommend it for you and your colleagues. Tally ho and chocks away!
62 minutes | 12 years ago
31 minutes | 13 years ago
Recorded on the 7th July, and finally edited and released! Hopefully, we’ll record a new one next week… Housekeeping Linkage Ben Ward, now residing in our office The Kate Bolin The Daily Chegwin DropBox which we absolutely adore! Questions Linkage Shorpy, the 100 year photo blog How to spot the difference between the right and wrong Firefox logos The TED Talk with a tour of Rome Information about Swap Shop Marcus Lillington and Bob Carolgees , you never see them together. Competition! We have a license for the excellent Trading Eye the standards compliant ecommerce solution to giveaway! How to Enter : Get someone to film you doing your best Spitfire impression in a public place, upload it to Flickr, and tag it with ‘iamrissingtonspitfire’. We’ll pick the one we like best, and notify you by carrier pigeon. Competition closes 10th October – good luck! Tally ho and chocks away!
42 minutes | 13 years ago
“Earworms” Summer break is over and we’ve finally had a chance to edit a show recorded back in June! We were blessed with plenty of flying aircraft noise in this episode, so it all sounds nice and authentic. Also I forgot to do the levels on this one, but never mind, I’m sure you’ll cope! Linky-Poos The History of RAF Rissington by Ray Deacon et al. The Fort outside the office The glorious Microformats advert by Stuart Langridge, which was about all we had to say on the subject! It wasn’t this David Jacobs, at least we don’t think so. For colour help, we suggested Molly’s Book Kuler site Some information about Toast Toppers, for those who have never tried the gloopy wonder. The Firefox Lady of which Mr Hicks does not approve. A logo shouldn’t need boobies to make you notice it, dammit. Chris Messina’s collection of interface patterns Any ideas for a theme? Leave a comment!
42 minutes | 13 years ago
The one where we meet “The One They Call Fido Gesiwuj” Link Poos Comics we read: Eagle. Domain registars mentioned: 123 Reg The Star Wars Lego walkthrough The brilliant Alarm will sound covering the Aphex Twin Our Last.FM accounts: Hicksdesign John endorses Taylors Mutiny over the Bounty by John Shuttleworth, grieving for the loss of the cardboard tray in the Bounty Bar. Will it Blend? Tally ho and chocks away!
35 minutes | 13 years ago
Comin’ atch from the ‘wolds! This episodes Linky Poos Not many linkys this week – there more abstract concepts than usual. asv_tumblog plugin for Textpattern Chryp, the lightweight blogging engine. We use Levelator and put together in Garageband. Stinking Bishop cheese. Smells like arse, tastes lovely Tally ho and chocks away!
41 minutes | 13 years ago
41 minutes | 13 years ago
Being the episode where all 4 of us in Team Rissington share 2 mics. We also implement a swear-box, with donations going to our breakfast baps and Quake Aid Casserole. The Linky-Poos! Finding the central meeting point of several addresses on a map Mezzoman We’re mentioning and linking to the Mailing List because Ian asked very nicely. Kev Adamsons question generated an ad about Yurt Camping in Wales The panel mentioned the glorious Textism. Brands we love and are inspired by: Lego. The embedded player in the podcast comes courtesy of jnm_audio textpattern plugin. Phil Sherry’s charity Eyefund BBC Wales uses arial instead of Verdana Please no more questions about Textpattern, Fireworks or favourite text editors!
35 minutes | 13 years ago
The Texpattern appreciation episode or, if you prefer, the diss Paul Boag episode. Link-Poos: Bite Size Standards Elbow Textpattern Hicksmade.com Unlimited Custom Fields plugin for Textpatterm Unlimited Categories plugin for Textpattern TextCommerce ecommerce for Textpattern, currently in Alpha Trading Eye ecommerce solution Fontstuct online font creator. Fontforge open source font editor Fontlab Studio the professional font editor app. Angel Delight DON’T MIX WITH FRUIT! Nice cup of tea and a sit down Textpattern Resources Textpattern tag list Textpattern Tumblelog plugin Dancing priest Tally ho and chocks away!
37 minutes | 13 years ago
The outtakes are in episode. In an attempt to streamline the process and get more episodes out more often we are experimenting with no editing. We’ve also ditched the .m4a version for the time being, hurrah! This episode’s linky-poos: The ever useful instantrimshot.com. Analog In, Digital Out by Brendan Dawes. Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation. Joshua Davis Jon recommends A Book about Design (Complicated doesn’t make it Good) by Mark Gonyea. The Poetic Prophet, the SEO Rapper speaks the truth about ‘Design Coding’. Make sure you do it great, or it won’t validate! Eddie Izzard talks about the Universe Your podcast needs you! Don’t forget chaps, without your questions there is no podcast. Take a moment and think about a world where the only choice is Boagworld… exactly! So, send your questions about life, the universe and everything to firstname.lastname@example.org
35 minutes | 13 years ago
Recorded weeks ago, but finally edited! This episodes link-poos: Made by Elephant Hicksmade made the felt tingy tings. Sam Brown is this Sam Brown. Firefox Crop Circle on Google Maps Death Star Canteen by Eddie Izzard, animated in Lego. Subversion Cheat Sheet (PDF!) Rissington Mind Maps Ryan Carsons’ 4 day working week Tally ho and chocks away!
42 minutes | 13 years ago
This show was recorded back in February, but only now have we had the chance to edit it and get it out. This one features Mr Clayson more, which is a joy to behold. Shout Outs Alun Rowe, Mayor of Thame, for the lovely RAF books Cross stitch instructions of the Rissington Podcast The Questions What Podcasts do you listen to regularly? John chose Summer Heights High video podcast. Resources for Fireworks: There aren’t any – leave suggestions in the comments! How do you respond when a client asks you just to ‘make a website?’. Advice for a Morale Officer! Differences between US and UK clients Most British way to respond to client critiscm Which gigs are most looking forward to this year? At any cost, we’d see Starflyer 59 (Jon) Savoury pies: Shortcrust or Puff Pastry top? Best filling? What CMS? Would you rather design an entire web in lite brite or finger paint? Tips for representing yourself online. Notes Child buys car on ebay Since the recording of this episode, Safari 3.1 has been released, which supports @font-face – no need to download a nightly (unless you want to!). BTW – today is the 90th anniversary of the RAF!
42 minutes | 13 years ago
The links for this week’s show include an interesting Gelaskins one of which is now stuck to John Oxton’s MacBook. Episode 8 will be a little while coming; we’re going to do it properly this time!
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