New Year’s Day reading: Responsive web design, leaving Instagram, 2013 predictions and n0tice

Happy New Year, dear readers! I’m going to kick off 2013 with a regular roundup of what’s caught my eye online over the past Festive week or so – hopefully it’ll blow those 2012 cobwebs out of your hair and reinvigorate you for the year ahead!

2013’s going to be a pivotal year for the Guardian Media Group’s ‘public noticeboard’ n0tice platform, writes Matt McAllister:

“n0tice may not be able to put fate and destiny back into our own hands. The world is full of surprises – both horror and magic. But we can certainly progress as individuals and as communities by democratizing information about the spaces we inhabit and making that information actionable.”

Andy Dickinson writes a lovely piece on his blog entitled: What Instagram tells me about newspapers:

“I’m not the naive idiot that some commentators would paint those of us who left Instagram. When I talk about ‘open and honest’, that has some pretty strict limits. I just played the game and made the point.” has some interesting predictions for digital journalism in 2013. There are some terrific insights and tips from seven industry experts. Aron Pilhofer of the New York Times writes:

“You are really seeing a re-definition of who is a journalist and the kinds of skills necessary to move into the digital world.”

I’ve been attending the Digital Editors’ Network in Preston for some years now – it’s there for web editors and journalism freelancers to network and learn new things – I find it invaluable for staying on top of new developments. Responsive web design is next up at the February meeting. “Time-poor digital editors are increasingly considering an approach to web design that intends to provide an optimal viewing experience — easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling — across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.” Find out more and book your place here.



  1. Thanks for the mention. Happy new year!

  2. I am glad to see that more WordPress theme designers are using responsive web design, which is fantastic for hyperlocal blogs because you do not need to worry about the cost of having a mobile/tablet etc. version of your website designed for you. They’re a ton of WordPress theme websites out there but one of my favourites is and it has a growing directory of responsive themes that do not cost the earth (less then £80). Worth looking at for anyone thinking about setting up a blog.

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