Updates & Writing

Links, Week 45, 2019

A Google plugin for WordPress, WordPress SEO performance, and CSS styling for links in Firefox.

Links, Week 44, 2019

A scary font for Halloween, tutorials on CSS masking and styling link states, and a look at the decisions browsers vendors need to make.

Links, Week 43, 2019

Firefox dev tools, a typeface for climate activists, grid-based logo design system, CSS subgrids, and some upcoming WordPress changes

What happens when you first open a browser?

When you install and open a browser, what happens? Turns out, quite a bit. Most download extensions, data and images and in some instances send information about you to some strange sources.

The Automattic and Tumblr logos

Automattic has bought Tumblr

The Verge is reporting that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has purchased microblogging platform Tumblr from Verizon for less than $3 million.

In 2013, Tumblr was bought by Yahoo! for $1.1 billion.

The purchase should bring some stability to Tumblr, which has declined in popularity, but it will be interesting to see what benefits for WordPress might come from the purchase.

Update

The Tumblr FAQ about the sale.

Bar, line and pie charts

Alternatives to Google Analytics

If you're not using Google Analytics or you're concerned about data privacy there are a number of different ways to get useful information about your website traffic.

Comparison of the Current and Calibra logos

Facebook’s logo problems

Facebook recently announced a new pseudo-cryptocurrency, called Libra, along with a digital wallet service, Calibra, that will launch in 2020.

The internet was quick to point out the similarities between the Calibra logo and the logo of an online bank, Current. A comparison made easier because both logos were created by the same San Fransisco design agency, Character.

The whole situation is somewhat baffling.

The Calibra logo is meant to be a tilde and Libra has adopted a stacked tilde, , as its currency symbol. As Fast Company points out, “using a tilde in front of a number implies its approximate value. So the logo strongly implies that the value of the currency Facebook is selling us on is uncertain in nature.”

Airwest airlines logo

Airline Logos

Reagan Ray, of the awesome agency Paravel, has posted a collection of mid-century airline logos.

He also has logo collections of record labels, 80s action figures, VHS distributors, American automobiles, and railways.

Too many people in the tech sector want to be like Steve Jobs and not enough want to be like Steve Wozniak.

Everyone wants to be like Steve Jobs

Search Engine Optimisation Basics

A quick look at search engine optimisation covering basic terms and ideas to help you better understand how SEO can work with your digital marketing campaign.