Alex Turnwall

freelance designer + developer

Specializing in web design and brand strategy, infused with a little humanity.
Collaborating with startups, agencies and other great clients since 2007.
Currently teaching at Northeastern University and accepting select freelance gigs.

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New videos from Yelapa, Mexico

Earlier this year I traveled to Puerto Vallarta to take part in a friend’s wedding. Looking to extend the trip, I stumbled across the beautiful Casas Santa Cruz, promising a “Swiss Family Robinson” style retreat about forty minutes down the coast via water taxi. After spending a week in a resort for the wedding, these […]


Talking to a giant tanker from a little plastic boat

It’s kayaking season here in New England, and as I was returning to the water this year I realized I needed to reacquaint myself with VHF radio usage. So I’m going to share this story from last summer in hopes that it helps some other kayakers in a similar situation, as I haven’t found a ton of […]



The Box Model: visualizing HTMLCSS

Finally! We’re going to get to the layout of the page and make it look like a website. In the past few tutorials, we’ve been exploring some of the HTML and CSS funda­mentals needed to start this, and now we’re going to dig in. As of the last tutorial, you should have three HTML pages […]


Basic styling with CSS: class vs. id (and anchor links)

In the last tutorial we created three simple HTML pages and linked them together, creating the (very basic) foundation for our soon-to-be awesome website. That foundation doesn’t look very good though—so in this tutorial we’re going to dress it up a bit. Before we can start coding our layouts, it’s useful to understand some basic […]