December 2023

We’re finally in our new house!

Perhaps I’m being naïve, but selling our flat and buying a house has taken far more time and attention than I imagined.

The process took around 8 months in total, which actually seems quite quick when I think about it. Even so, it’s been difficult to focus on side projects during that time. And possibly the reason you’ve received newsletters late on numerous occasions this year.

Anyway, it feels great to have finally reached the end of that journey and to be sitting here in my new office, albeit surrounded by boxes.

In the new year, I plan to regain some of that focus, for my newsletter, Practical Hugo and a few other projects I’ve had in the pipeline for some time.

Until then, here are my highlights and bookmarks from November. And my plans for the month of December.

Highlights from last month #

The big one, of course, was moving house.

I also launched Solarsimple.

I published two posts on my website: a roundup of my subscriptions in a bid to keep on top of monthly outgoings, and a reply to that App defaults post which has been doing the rounds.

I finished season 1 of The X-files. Roll on season 2.

Elsewhere on the web #

“Slow design is about embracing the time-consuming process of trial and error so we can figure out the most elegant, considered, and sustainable solution.”

Create Slowly by Carl Barenbrug really resonates.

The 2024 edition of The State of UX: Enter late-stage UX by Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga, takes a look at how designers can navigate the changing landscape.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Our Website. Phil Linnell shares the efforts of to power their website exclusively with renewable energy.

Wholegrain Digital introduce the website carbon rating system.

A faster web in 2024. Rick Viscomi looks at how Google’s new responsiveness metric Interaction to Next Paint (INP) will change the way we build and optimise websites.

I’m finally starting to get my head around Web Components, thanks to two great articles from Jim Nielsen and Jeremy Keith.

Tutanota is now Tuta. Upcoming plans for post-quantum encryption and a name change for Tuta(nota).

What I’m up to this month #

  • Completing the redesign of
  • Slowing down for the holidays.
  • Celebrating Christmas with family.
  • Finding a new book to read.
  • Writing my year in review.

Thank you for reading #

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