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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 visit the website to send us your questions, we are all ears, and the space inbetween them.
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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 (http://cnap.graphismeenfrance.fr/infini/en/) UX Technique of the week is the KJ Technique for establishing priorities (https://articles.uie.com/kj_technique/) 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
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
Episode 20

Episode 20

2009-02-2501:03:09

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 (http://www.fivesimplesteps.co.uk/), 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 (http://www.the-cotswolds.org/top/english/know/villages/burford/index.html) 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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS8MuRham6E). Email us by March 28th with suggestions for a new name for the podcast! Links! Simon Clayson’s on this site (http://flickr.com/photos/hicksdesign/2889837176/). The Tweed Run (http://acontinuouslean.com/2009/01/27/london-the-tweed-run/) mentioned by Mr Dennis Places to visit near Moreton-in-the-Marsh Stow on the Wold (http://www.cotswolds.info/places/stow-on-the-wold.shtml) Dude a day (http://atomictoy.org/365dudes/), which one are you? Butter Label (http://butterlabel.com/) The RYDA Bear (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21222042@N05/3182831780/) Beep! Beep! It’s Chav Pingu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=lsZqnY2iPL0) Cheeky Monkey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6oajPBSnO8) was also mentioned Jason Santa Maria’s Recommended Books (http://www.jasonsantamaria.com/reading/) Mister Nice Hands (http://www.misternicehands.com/) Robin Reliant made into raft (http://twitpic.com/pi58) Tally ho and chocks away!
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 (http://flickr.com/photos/oxton/3093021696/) The Shorty Awards (http://shortyawards.com/) John’s somewhat ancient photo gallery template (http://joshuaink2006.johnoxton.co.uk/templates/gallery/) Clientcopia (http://www.clientcopia.com/) Mr T in Your Pocket (http://www.firebox.com/product/860/Mr-T-In-Your-Pocket) Captain Plughole (http://www.doodlebank.com/plughole/) Mr T’s Treat Your Mother Right (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7_rBidCkJxo) Font of the week: Galaxie Polaris (http://www.vllg.com/Village/GalaxiePolaris/mudTyper+Weights/) Paper Prototyping on A List Apart (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/paperprototyping) Things – Task management on the Mac (http://www.culturedcode.com/things/) The IE6 Equation (http://24ways.org/2008/the-ie6-equation) ‘Minority Report’ OS brought to life (http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/14/oblongs-g-speak-the-minority-report-os-brought-to-life/) Lumen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumen) Dr. Who logos (http://www.throup.org.uk/doctor_who.php) Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html) Caine blows the gaff on end of a cult classic (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1115272.ece) User experience design links A few regular spots John Oxton visits for UX info: Wikipedia’s info on UX design (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_experience) UX Magazine (http://www.uxmag.com/) User Interface Engineering (http://www.uie.com/) Finally, the Nielsen Norman Group Report on Agile Usability: Best Practices for User Experience on Agile Development Projects (http://www.nngroup.com/reports/agile/) 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!
Episode 18

Episode 18

2008-12-1101:01:42

After the 3rd recording attempt, we’ve sorted out our recording problems, and we’re back with a backlog-clearing, hour long marathon! Loads of links below, first however, we need to post the information from Steve Marshall regarding location of servers: Search Engines and Geographical Location of Servers On episode 14, you were asked about search engines and the geographical location of your servers. I asked an SEO about this, and he had the following to say: Google uses the IP of your server, initially, to determine your target audience. So an IP in the UK will rank more favourably in Google.co.uk than google.com for searches. Further to this, the users use of the ‘pages from cc’ could flush your rank from SERPs if the IP is outside the selected cc. Current suggestion is somewhere between 10% to 18% of searches use country searches. Using a ccTLD will balance out or over-ride a non-agreeing IP geolocation but the geolocation of the IP and the ccTLD are of similar influence so a ccTLD over a geolocated IP should not be relied on alone. You can also use Google Webmaster Tools to specify a target market, again improving your ranking in that market and helping inclusion on ‘pages from cc’ searches. Furthermore, Google’s perception of markets of inbound links can also affect this: if you have lots of inbounds from the UK, you’re perceived to be more apt to the UK market than someone with lots of inbounds from, say, Germany. Oh, and if you correctly identify your audience—if you use Adsense—that can also make a difference. Hope that helps! (Sorry it took so long to post Steve, and thanks for the information!) Linky-poos Give up and use tables (http://giveupandusetables.com/) Sassoon Primary (http://www.faces.co.uk/fonts/Adobe/Sassoon-Primary-MT000006528/) Squeezy Condensed Milk (http://www.nestle.co.uk/OurBrands/AboutOurBrands/CreamsAndDesserts/) Duxford (http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/) Bletchley Park (http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/) Hicks Radiohead Stylophone magic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mysleepyhead/2981279835/) Font of the week, Scala (http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/downloads/fontfont/ff_scala_pro_collection/) Dropbox (http://www.getdropbox.com/) Growl (http://growl.info/) Agile development with Jakob Nielsen (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/agile-methods.html) Stinky cheese (http://blog.hotelclub.com/top-10-stinky-cheeses/) Javascript drum machine from Cameron Adams (http://www.themaninblue.com/experiment/JS-909/) Sam Hardacre (http://nocturnalmonkey.com/) One Phat DJ (http://www.onephatdj.com/) Nutella (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutella) Salad Cream (http://www.saladcream.com/) Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 17

Episode 17

2008-09-1830:59

Recorded on the 7th July, and finally edited and released! Hopefully, we’ll record a new one next week… Housekeeping Linkage Ben Ward (http://ben-ward.co.uk/), now residing in our office The Kate Bolin (http://www.katemonkey.co.uk/) The Daily Chegwin (http://www.thedailychegwin.co.uk/) DropBox (https://www.getdropbox.com/) which we absolutely adore! Questions Linkage Shorpy (http://www.shorpy.com/), the 100 year photo blog How to spot the difference between the right and wrong Firefox logos (http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2007/08/responsible_log.html) The TED Talk with a tour of Rome (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_macaulay_s_rome_antics.html) Information about Swap Shop (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/swapshop/intro.shtml) Marcus Lillington and Bob Carolgees (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hicksdesign/2867104045/) , 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!
Episode 16

Episode 16

2008-09-0142:17

“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 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAF-Little-Rissington-Central-Flying/dp/1844153819/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220215123&sr=8-1) by Ray Deacon et al. The Fort outside the office (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hicksdesign/480337455/in/pool-450657@N22) The glorious Microformats advert by Stuart Langridge (http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2008/06/08/microformats-are-shi), which was about all we had to say on the subject! It wasn’t this David Jacobs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/davidjacobs/), at least we don’t think so. For colour help, we suggested Molly’s Book Kuler (http://kuler.adobe.com/) site Some information about Toast Toppers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A855263), for those who have never tried the gloopy wonder. The Firefox Lady of which Mr Hicks does not approve (http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/136239582_40d9ef105a.jpg?v=0). A logo shouldn’t need boobies to make you notice it, dammit. Chris Messina’s collection of interface patterns (http://www.flickr.com/photos/factoryjoe/collections/72157600001823120/) Any ideas for a theme? Leave a comment!
Episode 15

Episode 15

2008-07-0442:16

The one where we meet “The One They Call Fido Gesiwuj” Link Poos Comics we read: Eagle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_(comic)). Domain registars mentioned: 123 Reg (http://www.123-reg.co.uk/) The Star Wars Lego (http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/939578/51249) walkthrough The brilliant Alarm will sound (http://www.bangonacan.org/store/product/51) covering the Aphex Twin Our Last.FM accounts: Hicksdesign (http://www.last.fm/user/Hicksdesign) John endorses Taylors (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taylors-Eye-Witness-Classic-Sharpener/dp/B000I0LBHI) Mutiny over the Bount (http://www.last.fm/music/John+Shuttleworth/_/Mutiny+Over+the+Bounty)y by John Shuttleworth, grieving for the loss of the cardboard tray in the Bounty Bar. Will it Blend? (http://www.willitblend.com/videos.aspx?type=unsafe&video=iphone) Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 14

Episode 14

2008-06-1735:03

Comin’ atch from the ‘wolds! This episodes Linky Poos Not many linkys this week – there more abstract concepts than usual. asv_tumblog plugin (http://forum.textpattern.com/viewtopic.php?id=24981)for Textpattern Chryp (http://chyrp.net/), the lightweight blogging engine. We use Levelator (http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator/) and put together in Garageband. Stinking Bishop cheese (http://www.thecheeseshed.com/stinking-bishop-119-p.asp). Smells like arse, tastes lovely Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 13

Episode 13

2008-06-0941:13

The episode in which we give you space for reflection. This episode’s linky-poos: Sender of the stickers The Fawcett Inn (http://www.somefoolwitha.com/fawcett/) Tea Cosy, Teamrooms (http://www.theteacosy.co.uk/) Tony Hart (http://www.tonyhart.co.uk/) Take Hart (http://www.tonyhart.co.uk/take_hart_tony_hart.htm) The amazing adventures of Morph (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajQx45iR0H4) (youTube) Upper Rissington (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Rissington) RAF Little Rissington (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Little_Rissington) DOM scripting (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=DOM+scripting) JavaScript: The Definite Guide (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565923928/) jQuery (http://jquery.com/) Source of the GOOD MEAT about 2.05 mins in Stalins brother the babysitter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YonM49PWA0g) (youTube) Mouseposé (http://www.boinx.com/mousepose/overview/) OmniDazzle (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidazzle/) ScreenFlow (http://www.varasoftware.com/products/screenflow/) Metal Mickey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Mickey) Metal Mickey theme tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOiVXMcWHrw) (youTube) Tascam US122L USB2 audio interface (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tascam-US122L-USB2-audio-interface/dp/B000MUO0MC/) Logic Express (http://www.apple.com/logicexpress/) JML toastbags (http://www.jmldirect.com/Toastabags-PT4300/) Coldplay iTunes ad (http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2008/ads/apple_ipoditunes_sonic_20080520_r560-9cie.mov) That cheesy pony ad tune (http://www.deagostini.co.uk/ilovehorses/) Cockney Rhyming Slang (http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/) Graphics Editor or Text Editor? (http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/graphics-editor-or-text-editor) Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 12

Episode 12

2008-05-2941:13

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 (http://www.mezzoman.com/) We’re mentioning and linking to the Mailing List (http://lists.wordcampuk.tonyscott.org.uk/listinfo.cgi/wordcamp-uk-wordcampuk.tonyscott.org.uk/) because Ian asked very nicely. Kev Adamsons question generated an ad about Yurt Camping in Wales (http://www.graigwen.co.uk/modx-0961p2/yurts.php?gclid=CLuJmZ2EyZMCFRoVEAod_ER5iw) The panel mentioned the glorious Textism (http://www.textism.com/). Brands we love and are inspired by: Lego (http://www.lego.com/en-US/default.aspx). The embedded player in the podcast comes courtesy of jnm_audio textpattern plugin (http://www.textpatternmania.com/2006/04/29/plugin-jnmaudio). Phil Sherry’s charity Eyefund (http://eyefund.info/) BBC Wales (http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/) uses arial instead of Verdana Please no more questions about Textpattern, Fireworks or favourite text editors!
Episode 11

Episode 11

2008-05-2134:37

The Texpattern appreciation episode or, if you prefer, the diss Paul Boag episode. Link-Poos: Bite Size Standards (http://bitesizestandards.com/) Elbow (http://elbow.co.uk/) Textpattern (http://textpattern.com/) Hicksmade.com (http://hicksmade.com/) Unlimited Custom Fields plugin (http://gerhardlazu.com/blog/51/glz_custom_fields-11-released) for Textpatterm Unlimited Categories plugin (http://www.wilshireone.com/textpattern-plugins/rss-unlimited-categories) for Textpattern TextCommerce ecommerce (http://homeplatewp.com/TextCommerce/) for Textpattern, currently in Alpha Trading Eye (http://www.tradingeye.com/) ecommerce solution Fontstuct (http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/) online font creator. Fontforge (http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/) open source font editor Fontlab Studio (http://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/fontlab-studio/) the professional font editor app. Angel Delight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Delight) DON’T MIX WITH FRUIT! Nice cup of tea and a sit down (http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/) Textpattern Resources (http://textpattern.org/) Textpattern tag list (http://textpattern.net/wiki/index.php?title=Alphabetical_Tag_Listing) Textpattern Tumblelog plugin (http://forum.textpattern.com/viewtopic.php?id=24981) Dancing priest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYzfi-AD_ao) Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 10

Episode 10

2008-05-1536:36

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 (http://instantrimshot.com/). Analog In, Digital Out by Brendan Dawes (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=rxXEAAAACAAJ&dq=Brendan+Dawes). Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation (http://gigaom.com/2008/04/17/pixars-brad-bird-on-fostering-innovation/). Joshua Davis (http://www.joshuadavis.com/) Jon recommends A Book about Design (Complicated doesn’t make it Good) by Mark Gonyea (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-about-Design-Complicated-Doesnt/dp/0805075755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210849260&sr=1-1). The Poetic Prophet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0qMe7Z3EYg), 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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J--ML9hBAc) 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 therissingtonpodcast@gmail.com
Episode 9

Episode 9

2008-05-0935:05

Recorded weeks ago, but finally edited! This episodes link-poos: Made by Elephant (http://www.madebyelephant.com/) Hicksmade (http://hicksmade.com/) made the felt tingy tings. Sam Brown is this Sam Brown (http://www.onecandle.co.uk/). Firefox Crop Circle (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=16&ll=45.123785,-123.113962&spn=0.012112,0.024097&t=h) on Google Maps Death Star Canteen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw) by Eddie Izzard, animated in Lego. Subversion Cheat Sheet (http://www.digilife.be/quickreferences/QRC/Subversion%20Quick%20Reference%20Card.pdf) (PDF!) Rissington Mind Maps (http://www.flickr.com/photos/claypole/2074087698/in/pool-450657@N22) Ryan Carsons’ 4 day working week (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fourdayweek/) Tally ho and chocks away!
Episode 8

Episode 8

2008-04-0142:20

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 (http://www.alunr.com/), for the lovely RAF books Cross stitch instructions (http://therissingtonpodcast.co.uk/file_download/18/cross-stitch.pdf) of the Rissington Podcast The Questions What Podcasts do you listen to regularly? John chose Summer Heights High video podcast (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/summerheightshigh/). 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 (http://www.sf59.com/) (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 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/5379930.stm) 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!
Episode 7

Episode 7

2008-02-1441:57

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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