Pascal is a standardista graphic, web and front-end designer, and a rampant typophile. Born in Mainz, Germany—the birthplace of Gutenberg—he now works in Canberra as a contract designer and studies at the Australian National University. He's been actively engaged in the Open Source community and local web industry, notably as one of the unorganisers to first bring BarCamp to Canberra. He enjoys drinking in as much good type as he can get and has been happily bending beziers since 2004.

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  1. DesignFestival: Design Festival Podcast #15: Web Accessibility with Dennis Lembrée

    I catch up with Design Festival author Dennis Lembrée this week to chat about web accessibility, podcasting, and an accessible Twitter front-end he wrote called EasyChirp . Download this Episode You can download this episode as a standalone MP3 file: Design Festival Podcast #15: Web Accessibility with Dennis Lembrée  (MP3, 47:36, 45.9 MB) You can subscribe to the Design Festival Podcast  either directly  or via iTunes —  add the Design Festival Podcast to iTunes . Episode Summary Presenters Simon Pascal Klein  ( @klepas ) Dennis Lembrée  ( @dennisl ) Content Rundown Show intro: had some great feedback last week on the CSS3 gradients and SVG episode with an idea for using SVG sprites — very, very cool. Pascal briefly raves about the just reported new “neurosynaptic computing chip” by IBM that emulates the cognitive functions of human brains before welcoming our new robotic overloads.

  2. DesignFestival: Design Festival Podcast #14: CSS3 Gradients or SVG Backgrounds

    Welcome back everyone! I caught up with SitePoint lead designer Alex Walker and master of the “Cicada Principle” to have a chat about limitations and banalities of CSS3 gradients and where SVG backgrounds could suitably replace them. Download this Episode You can download this episode as a standalone MP3 file: Design Festival Podcast #13: David Airey on Freelancing  (MP3, 01:03:44, 62.3 MB) You can subscribe to the Design Festival Podcast  either directly  or via iTunes —  add the Design Festival Podcast to iTunes . Episode Summary Presenters Simon Pascal Klein  ( @klepas ) Alex Walker  ( @alexmwalker ) Content Rundown Intro: Graphically, CSS3 is awesome — rounded corners, shadows, transformations, … However CSS3 gradients are a bit unwieldy — rudimentary linear or radial gradients, bothersome syntax, varying support across the browsers, … Alternative? Maybe use SVGs

  3. DesignFestival: Design Festival Podcast #13: David Airey on Freelancing

    And bam, episode 13! This week I had the honor of catching up with logo and identity designer David Airey to discuss his career and thoughts on freelancing, pro bono work, and identity design . Download this Episode You can download this episode as a standalone MP3 file: Design Festival Podcast #13: David Airey on Freelancing  (MP3, 43:59, 42.2 MB) You can subscribe to the Design Festival Podcast  either directly  or via iTunes —  add the Design Festival Podcast to iTunes . Episode Summary Presenters Simon Pascal Klein  ( @klepas ) Guest:   David Airey  ( @davidairey ) Content Rundown Intro: David and his career Career paths, freelancing, and finding your niche through specialization Finding, approaching, and securing new clients Performing pro bono publico work and its benefits Becoming an author, self-publishing and going through publishers Pre-fetching data to improve responsiveness — inspiration from the Flash days? Doing it all again — things we’d do differently Opening your own studio?

  4. DesignFestival: Design Festival Podcast #12: ZURB, jQuery UI, and Charlie The Unicorn

    Hey guys, sorry for the slight delay this week — I’ve been a bit sick over the last few days but the cast is finally here, and it’s another treat. For this episode I had a chat with Matt Kelly from ZURB , the interaction design and strategy studio behind web apps like Notable and Verify . Matt and I discuss jQuery UI, the library ZURB uses extensively for their web apps. Download this Episode You can download this episode as a standalone MP3 file: Design Festival Podcast #12: ZURB, jQuery UI, and Charlie The Unicorn (MP3, 47:17, 45.5 MB) You can subscribe to the Design Festival Podcast either directly or via iTunes — add the Design Festival Podcast to iTunes

  5. Design Festival Podcast #12: ZURB, jQuery UI, and Charlie The Unicorn

    Hey guys, sorry for the slight delay this week — I’ve been a bit sick over the last few days but the cast is finally here, and it’s another treat. For this episode I had a chat with Matt Kelly from ZURB, the interaction design and strategy studio behind web apps like Notable and Verify. Matt and I discuss jQuery UI, the library ZURB uses extensively for their web apps.

  6. DesignFestival: DesignFestival Podcast #11 — The Age of Responsive Design

    Welcome to episode eleven. In today’s podcast, Denise Jacobs talks about a new era in designing for the Web — The Age of Responsive Design: DesignFestival Podcast #11 — The Age of Responsive Design from SitePoint on Vimeo . Download this Episode You can download this episode as a standalone MP4 file: DesignFestival Podcast #11: The Age of Responsive Design (MP4, 52:25, 137 MB) You can subscribe to the Design Festival Podcast either directly or via iTunes — add the Design Festival Podcast to iTunes .