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Frederick O'Brien

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Designing web design documentation

Smashing Magazine, 2023-11-13

The gods will offer you chances

Weblog, 2023-11-05

What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about web design

Smashing Magazine, 2023-03-15

Galaxies of the Guardian: the formation of an irregular org chart

The Guardian, 2023-02-03

Web design done well: delightful data visualisation examples

Smashing Magazine, 2022-06-16

Web design done well: perfectly pointless

Smashing Magazine, 2022-02-11

Rock Against Racism: the concert in Victoria Park that united a nation

Roman Road LDN, 2021-11-05

Hired Tunes: anatomy of a James Bond song

The Quietus, 2021-10-03

Web design done well: excellent editorial

Smashing Magazine, 2021-09-10

How we backfilled the Guardian’s in-house analytics tool to provide greater journalistic insight

The Guardian, 2021-07-12

Web design done well: making use of audio

Smashing Magazine, 2021-06-11

Old the front page! The story of 1821 Mode

The Guardian, 2021-05-22

Artist-friendly music streaming alternatives to Spotify et al.

Audioxide, 2021-04-26

Web design done well: the ordinary made extraordinary

Smashing Magazine, 2021-04-22

Guarding against disposable design

Smashing Magazine, 2021-04-02

What Saul Bass can teach us about web design

Smashing Magazine, 2021-02-12

Statsioxide: our first 250 reviews in numbers

Audioxide, 2021-02-05

Anders Filipsen channels Brian Eno and C418 in solo debut Waiting Music

Audioxide, 2021-02-01

Seven classic books you can read for free

Reader's Digest, 2021-01-21

How to Dismantle a Frontloaded Discography: U2’s studio albums ranked

Audioxide, 2021-01-11

What would a music streaming minimum wage look like?

Audioxide, 2021-01-04

Towards an ad-free web: diversifying the online economy

Smashing Magazine, 2021-01-04

Making websites easier to talk to

Smashing Magazine, 2020-12-10

State of Rapture: the music of BioShock

Audioxide, 2020-11-24

Developing for the Semantic Web

Smashing Magazine, 2020-10-07

The Quietus' top 50 needle drop moments In film

The Quietus, 2020-09-02

A smashing guide to the world of search engine optimization

Smashing Magazine, 2020-07-14

What Vitruvius can teach us about web design

Smashing Magazine, 2020-06-19

Dylan Seeger returns, and a toast to the unexpected

Audioxide, 2020-06-08

A new hope: how X-Men sparked the superhero genre

The Quietus, 2020-06-05

A global pandemic of empty gestures

Citizen Obsessed, 2020-05-30

Readability algorithms should be used as tools, not targets

Smashing Magazine, 2020-05-01

Baking structured data into the design process

Smashing Magazine, 2020-04-09

Mainstream media fails the public during coronavirus outbreak

Citizen Obsessed, 2020-03-23

AI hotel assistant persuades guests to use less water and electricity

New Scientist, 2020-03-18

Lady Shocker on the evolution of grime culture in Bow and beyond

Roman Road LDN, 2020-03-06

What does a foldable web actually mean?

Smashing Magazine, 2020-02-26

The Legend of G.Kelly: making quality working class food for generations

Roman Road LDN, 2020-01-10

The split personality of brutalist web development

Smashing Magazine, 2020-01-08

Mercston: debut album and the camaraderie of Bow’s grime scene

Roman Road LDN, 2019-12-09

Portrait: former food bank user on the plight of the homeless

Roman Road LDN, 2019-12-07

OK boomer' is lazy language

Citizen Obsessed, 2019-11-28

PragerU is just another safe space

Citizen Obsessed, 2019-11-15

Extinction Rebellion stages East London Uprising

Roman Road LDN, 2019-11-15

Applications open for Poplar Works fashion studios

Roman Road LDN, 2019-11-10

What newspapers can teach us about web design

Smashing Magazine, 2019-11-08

Captain Cook’s east London home on Mile End Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-11-03

Portrait: Marcus Tisson builds a mental health legacy following his mother’s suicide

Roman Road LDN, 2019-11-01

Tower Hamlets Council reveals £1.67 million Globe Town regeneration project

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-31

Facebook is not the answer to lying politicians

Citizen Obsessed, 2019-10-28

Hannah Brine’s Victoria Park Singers: from East London to the Royal Albert Hall

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-28

Italian restaurant Kisses from Nonna opens on Roman Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-25

Before they were kings: the boxing careers of Ronnie and Reggie Kray

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-24

Will a non-partisan crowdfunding platform please stand up?

Citizen Obsessed, 2019-10-15

‘Shopfronts of London’ by Eleanor Crow – book review

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-11

Roman Road prepares to launch Tower Hamlets’ first borrow-a-bag scheme

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-10

Bethnal Green restaurant Da Terra awarded Michelin Star

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-09

Keep Faith: The music of Mirror's Edge

Audioxide, 2019-10-06

Greedy Fish & Chips opens in Globe Town

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-03

Four Corners recruiting volunteers for Brick Lane 1978 project

Roman Road LDN, 2019-10-02

Ad-centric revenue models will always create a race to the bottom

Citizen Obsessed, 2019-09-28

Roman Road LDN teams up with Eastside youth centre to launch Mad About Grime programme

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-27

Ray Gipson – Bow’s top Geezer

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-27

Roman Road LDN publisher Social Streets releases annual report

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-20

Zee & Co: Bow’s male fashion hub for more than 25 years

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-20

G. Kelly pie and mash shop reopens on Roman Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-19

Dav Stewart on his ‘A Portrait of Roman Road’ photography project

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-13

The best East End sites to visit during Open House London

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-12

‘Since 9/11’ – the 9/11 public artwork in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-10

Confessions of an album reviewer

Audioxide, 2019-09-08

Pizza Brixton restaurant opens on Roman Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-09-05

Hay, horseshoes, and Trooping the Colour: a morning at Bow Police Stables

Roman Road LDN, 2019-08-14

Behind the red doors of Bethnal Green Fire Station

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-27

Bow playwright Simon Stephens on East London, the gentrification of bacon sarnies, and that Hot Priest

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-22

The 10 best things to do on Roman Road Market

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-20

Liveable Streets traffic trial cancelled – what’s next?

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-18

‘Raw Materials: Plastics’ exhibition explores the invention of plastic in East London

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-16

‘Black Widow’ Linda Calvey on the realities of East End gangster life

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-14

East London’s oldest school faces closure

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-11

New coworking space opens on Bow Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-06

Key roads in Bow to close during eight-day Liveable Streets trial

Roman Road LDN, 2019-07-04

The shutter art of Roman Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-27

Portrait: Margie Keefe, aka Grime Gran, nan to the grime scene

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-17

Curtain falls on inaugural Fragments Festival at Genesis Cinema

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-16

The secret services of Roman Road

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-15

Sign of the times: the mystery of Henry Finkelstein

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-12

Bow filmmaker Aaron Christian on the privileged world of internships

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-09

Vehicle restrictions on Grove Road part of TfL proposals for cycle-friendly East London

Roman Road LDN, 2019-06-06

Voices: how a single mother’s world was shattered by hostile immigration policy

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-31

Richard Lubbock – life after meth

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-17

‘Grime Kids’ book review – the inside story of a creative revolution

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-16

Discovering Chisenhale Art Place – three creative havens under one roof

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-13

Bow and Globe Town residents share their experiences of Ramadan

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-12

Bowling together – the Victoria Park Bowls Club keeps on rolling

Roman Road LDN, 2019-05-04

Eddie Brown’s mental health story: Surviving a lifetime of archaic medical treatments

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-29

New look Nunnery Café up and running

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-21

Indigo Face channel the spirit of Bow Quarter

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-17

Soma, Spotify, and the brave new world of music consumption

Audioxide, 2019-04-15

Rhythm Division – the (140 bpm) heart of grime

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-13

The quiet triumph of Hackney Wick Life Drawing

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-08

Painting the town red, green, white, blue… Ged Palmer on Luminor Sign Co and the analogue revival

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-06

Chris Kimberley: the cheeky Cockney on life after being a postman

Roman Road LDN, 2019-04-01

The House Mill – industry, craftsmanship, and a boatload of gin

Roman Road LDN, 2019-03-22

The Forum at Victoria Park – East London’s answer to Speakers’ Corner

Roman Road LDN, 2019-03-14

Written from life – Sylvia Pankhurst and the Workers’ Dreadnought newspaper

Roman Road LDN, 2019-03-08

Stour Space – Fish Island’s creative venue taking grassroots national

Roman Road LDN, 2019-03-02

Blood and solidarity at York Hall boxing

Roman Road LDN, 2019-02-20

Carolyn Clark, Bow superwoman

Roman Road LDN, 2019-02-18

Have your say on plans to turn Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel

Roman Road LDN, 2019-02-06

Brioche to the people – Saint Sugar of London celebrates over a decade of market life

Roman Road LDN, 2019-02-04

When Fish Island powered Fleet Street – the story of John Kidd & Co ink works

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-30

Sculptor Paula Haughney on her place in an ever-changing East London

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-28

Cafe East reopens after winter refurb

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-25

Herbert’s fruits and salads – last of a market stall dynasty

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-20

PureGym opens at Bow Wharf

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-18

The Victoria Park alcoves – East End mementos of old London Bridge

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-10

Displaced Bethnal Green coffee vendor reaches fundraising target

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-09

On the trail of the Bow Heritage Trail

Roman Road LDN, 2019-01-05

The red hands of William Gladstone’s statue

Roman Road LDN, 2018-12-11

The Eleanor Arms pub – Bow’s very own French Quarter

Roman Road LDN, 2018-12-07

Frank Wang’s last stand – support independent coffee in Bethnal Green

Roman Road LDN, 2018-11-30

Urban Makers, flying the flag for East London designer-maker markets

Roman Road LDN, 2018-11-22

The Nunnery Gallery: art by and for Bow

Roman Road LDN, 2018-11-16

Statsioxide: Our first 150 reviews in numbers

Audioxide, 2018-08-21

The ’80s according to Stewart Lee

Audioxide, 2018-04-16

World on fire: The music of Fallout 3

Audioxide, 2017-08-11

The rise and rise of audiobooks

Audioxide, 2017-06-14

Keep playing: The fire at the heart of Whiplash

Audioxide, 2017-06-09

Gorillaz go 1-D

Audioxide, 2017-05-11

Be Here Now and Mr. Hyde

Audioxide, 2016-10-14

The DMCA rabbit hole

Audioxide, 2016-06-27

Album sides and beauty from circumstance

Audioxide, 2016-03-11