About Heydonworks So What Is This Website For, Then?

My name is Heydon Pickering and HeydonWorks (like "Steelworks") is my blog about design, coding and music. I'm a Web Designer from Norwich, England who specialises in CSS, typography, semantic HTML and Responsive Design. I have written about web typography for Smashing Magazine and Web Designer Depot and I have created popular icon-based web fonts available through Font Squirrel et al. As a freelancer, contractor and employee of Neontribe (where we paper prototype a lot) I have built websites, social media profiles and application interfaces for clients that include The Guardian newspaper, Paul Smith, Sound & Music and Channel 4.

Heydon pictured with his greyhound, Sweep
Web Designer (pictured with bitch)

If you are a Web Designer yourself, you may be interested to know that I designed this blog without the use of images, CSS classes or javascript. Graphical symbols such as the cogs and media icons you see are typographical glyphs that I created and embedded into the site's stylesheet using base64 encoding. Not only is this more efficient than using images, but it make's the site's interface resolution independent. The site should look exceptionally crisp on your Android, iPhone or Blackberry.


Music is a big part of my life and I consider my compositions some of my better 'works', hence the blog category that includes some tunes and the odd review. I have records available under the names Wet Face and Bobby Howitzer. The former is a 2 piece punk blues band, the later a collection of punk 'n' roll party mash-ups.


As the copyright notice in my footer attests, you are free to republish the articles found on this site online. You must provide attribution, however, in the form of a link back to the original article using my name (Heydon Pickering) as the text for that link. Please read the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. I consider all the music posted in the music category free to distribute, perform etc.

Contact me

If you have any queries about any of the articles on the site or you'd like to hire me as a coder or writer, please email heydon@heydonworks.com. You can also follow me on Twitter: @heydonworks.