Category: Blog

December 11, 2019

First, the title is slightly misleading. It really should be “WordPress vs Squarespace, Weebly, Wix and/or any other non-open-source web publishing tool.”Ugh, too wordy.So let’s break it down into a single word:Ownership.With WordPress you own your site. With every other commercial service, you don’t. It’s just that simple.With WordPress you can move your site to […]

August 1, 2019

It has been almost exactly four years since my last blog post. WOW! The majority of my time these last years has been spent spearheading Resonate, a co-operatively owned streaming service. The “play fair” slogan, um, resonates on many levels, so check it out if you haven’t already. We’d love to have you as a […]

May 8, 2019

Peter spoke on a panel about Resonate and the #platformcoop movement at re:publica 2019. 

May 6, 2019

How we can wrestle back our apps from the tech giants and end surveillance capitalism.2018 was the year where the twisted intersection of apps, data exploitation, privacy and corporate tech giants went mainstream.While the issues had been brewing for a while — such as the revelation of addiction design in most apps, the Cambridge Analytica […]

March 6, 2018

Real clouds can be beautiful. But they can also make for a miserable day. I mean, who wakes up and says “Awesome! Its a cloudy day. Lets go have a picnic!”Data clouds on the other hand, have been marketed as great conveniences, as if these heavenly formations provide nothing more than unlimited benefit, raining love […]

August 16, 2016

The video above is a trailer for Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom’s documentary “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It examines the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown as well as the conditions that helped bring it about.The film also explores the total lack of retribution on the part of those who stole trillions from the world […]

February 5, 2016

Thank God I don’t live in Silicon Valley.I’d probably lose my mind.But I DO live in Berlin, which some say is the startup capital of Europe, supposedly having surpassed London for total VC investment.And Berlin, like all other startup hubs, is full of techies who drank the Valley Kool-Aid. It’s an intoxicating elixir infused with […]

July 29, 2015 This post outlines three methods of building a site, both for our clients as well as anyone else in the interwebs that stumbles upon this article. It used to be that there was only ONE way to build a website – you'd hire a pro who would create custom layouts in Photoshop or Illustrator and [...]
May 14, 2015 Since relocating to Berlin over two years ago, we've gradually picked up more local gigs, working with Germans and other expats on various web projects. One very fulfilling, ongoing partnership has been with Norman Palm of Fertig Design, whom we've collaborated with on numerous projects, providing extensive CSS hacks and WordPress development for his detailed, [...]
February 11, 2014 Marking our 10 year anniversary (Atomic Design Studios was founded in Olympia, Washington in 2004), we're excited to showcase an entirely new logo and site design for our online portfolio. Designed by our new associate Susanne Stauch, this new logo features some of the original elements such as the Conduit typeface and the theme of [...]