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More than making rectangles

I remember the first time I opened Microsoft Paint and created something on a computer.

I’m not a robot (but, are you?)

Who are the humans and who are the bots? Human authentication, while preserving privacy, and removing anonymity is the answer.

The cost of convenience

It is tempting to build abstractions so developers have to do less and build more.

Returning to Craft

How returning to the craft taught me to be a better leader.

Goodbye, IE

In 1995, I got my first PC with Windows 95 and my first web browser, unbeknownst to me at the time, was Internet Explorer 1.0.

Am I on the IndieWeb Yet?

I haven’t signed to any major web labels.

Re-evaluating technology

The importance of revisiting past decisions. Especially when it comes to the web.

On Design Thinking

Design Thinking is dead yet there it is, smeared all over LinkedIn, peeking out from job descriptions and lurking in resumés.

A New Future for the Interface

Exploring the role – and discipline – of design in a world where no one is a "user".

A Web Renaissance

We’re seeing an incredibly unlikely comeback: the web is thriving again.

home sweet homepage

A short illustrated story about growing up online.

Noise cancellation for development

We have a skewed image of what we should be as developers. And more and more people get depressed and feel bad because of it.

Daniël van der Winden

It’s been five years since I’ve created myself an actual, personal website.

Red Light Green Light

So we’re stopped at the light. And I say, “Hey, Ben. What color is the light?” And he says, “It’s green.”

Make Free Stuff

When I first fell in love with the web, it was a radically different place.

Metaphors We Web By

A history of our metaphorical understanding of the web.

My transformative first trip to Japan · II

As I explored the art and transportation of Japan, I started to rethink my life.

The web starts on page four

After 25 years of working for, on and with the web, I am looking at the current state of it and I don’t like it.

Design is not art, and UX is not design

Designers have been trying to shake the misconception that design is not art for a long time.

A Reality Where CSS and JavaScript Don’t Exist

Out there in the multiverse is a reality where the web is a complete borefest.