Chi Nederland interview

Chi Nederland, a Dutch association of human-machine interface specialists has published a short interview they had with me. It deals with interfaces, Flash and other usability issues. Enjoy!

Roy | May 14, 2007 | English,Web design | Comments Off on Chi Nederland interview


Firebug logo

Man. I thought the Web Developer extension for Firefox was extremely cool, but this very useful add-on to the world’s best browser is an even better equipped toolbox for front-end developers. You can tweak every little code detail right from the browser and see the results instantly. I found the option to temporarily disable individual lines of CSS code to be very useful. A must have for web designers.

Roy | March 2, 2007 | English,Web design | Comments Off on Firebug

Browser (re)size thingy

We had another one of those infamous screen resolution debates at work today, which reminded me that I once made a little javascript that sets the browser window to specific sizes, and reports the current available content area. I copy-pasted this page together a few years back and was quite surprised to find it still works, even in IE7.

Javascript browser resize and size detection

Please keep in mind that setting your browser to a say 800*600 on a 1024*768 (or better) screen will not give an accurate indication of the available space if you’re designing for users with an actual 800*600 screen. Those users will probably have maximized their browser windows. At it’s maximized setting, the margins are slightly different and the windows taskbar comes into play.

Roy | February 26, 2007 | English,Web design | Comments (2)

50 beautiful CSS-based designs

Ever since I (and everybody else it seems) read a guide on some blog about about how to write compelling blog post titles, I keep seeing posts like this. One of the tips was to compile a list of some sort. The top 10 reasons to use a PC over a Mac. Or the 20 most popular blogging topics. 5 pop singers who shaved their heads. And it works. People apparently like lists. Here’s one with 50 great website designs from last year. Enjoy!

Roy | February 20, 2007 | English,Web design | Comments Off on 50 beautiful CSS-based designs

Making Flash websites search engine friendly

Google Flash logo mashup

In my daytime job I’m a Flash developer. But when it comes to creating websites I don’t think Flash is the way to go. Not just because Flash has some serious accessibility issues, but mainly because Flash-only websites are very search engine unfriendly. They usually consist of only one HTML page, and most of those contain no readable content. So Google, MSN and Yahoo will have no clue as to what your site’s about. I’ve been pondering things you could do to fix or at least improve this. I’ve played around with a few of these ideas and techniques, others are still on my to-try list. Please let me know if you’ve come up with other solutions or have anything else to add.
More Making Flash websites search engine friendly

Roy | February 14, 2007 | English,Flash,SEO,Web design | Comments (36)

83 beautiful WordPress themes

When I occasionally browse it strikes me not only how many themes there are, but also how many of them are rather poor. Many of them lack a coherent colour scheme and offer poor usability. Smashing Magazine has gathered 83 of the best WordPress themes available. If you’ve just set op WordPress and are looking for the creme de la creme in WordPress design, this is the place to look. My personal favorite is Suble, but you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Too bad none of my themes made it in there, I guess I’ll have to try harder with future themes…


ROYTANCK barcode

I’ve been working on a Flash application at work that interacts with a barcode scanner. The scanner we’re using simply connects to a USB port and acts as a keyboard. No need for complicated Screenweaver stuff or anything. Just give an input field focus and scan. Great fun. Especially when you can make your own codes.

Roy | February 2, 2007 | English,Web design | Comments Off on Barcodes

Wat zie je?

Wat zie je?

Samen met m’n collega Anko Elzes heb ik meegedaan aan de “Game Rally” van de Nederlandse Game Dagen. De opdracht was het ontwikkelen van een game voor de Cliniclowns. Doordat we pas kort voor de deadline van de wedstrijd hoorden hadden we maar een kleine twee weken de tijd om een spelletjes te verzinnen en bouwen. We moesten dus vooral pragmatisch te werk gaan. Vandaar dat we 110.592 clowns in een Flash movie hebben gestopt. Aan jou de taak ze te onderscheiden.

Spelen kan op de site van de Game Awards. EDIT: Het spel is verplaatst naar

Helaas hebben we gisteren gehoord dat ons spel niet bij de laatste drie zit. Ik wil de genomineerden veel succes wensen.

Roy | November 20, 2006 | Nederlands,Web design | Comments Off on Wat zie je?


Zo nu en dan heb ik wel eens een aardig idee. TIME/SPACE is er zo een. Ergens tijdens mijn studie bedacht ik dat je een video-fragment als een soort kubus kunt opvatten, en dat je daar ook heel andere beelden uit kunt halen door tijd en ruimte om te draaien.

Aeon Flux met tijd en ruimte omgekeerd...

Destijds had ik een command line programmaatjes geschreven dat dit effect genereerde door urenlang plaatjes in te laden en dan uiteindelijk een serie nieuwe plaatjes op te hoesten. Met 200 plaatjes van 320*256 in 16 grijstinten was ‘ie uren bezig. En dan had ik nog wel de snelste Amiga die er was :).

Roy | August 2, 2006 | Nederlands,Web design | Comments Off on TIME/SPACE