Paying homage to (or stealing from) your inspiration

I had an idea for the new version of my site: I was going to illus­trate objects using only HTML and CSS ( to show that I know how to do stuff with code), and make them look like they were neatly organized in a physical space* (which seems vaguely trendy) according to the under­lying grid […]




Northeastern College of Arts, Media and Design multisite


Does this scene look familiar?

It’s an adaptation of Gerstner’s famous “Tische” brochure from the 1960’s, illustrated and animated with HTML + CSS. Click ? to read more.

Alex Turnwall

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 creating at BevSpot.
(No longer accepting freelance work, sorry.)

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Laser-etched Tap Handles

I recently had the honor of being the best man in my best friend’s wedding, which is an occasion that calls for a unique gift. The groom and I are both pretty big into homebrewing, and he kegs, so my own fiancé recom­mended that I get him some tap handles.  Well, I couldn’t find any out there […]

Photo + Video

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 […]


Boston’s Colonial Era Printer

While touring the Freedom Trail with some friends visiting Boston, I happened across the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, kitty-corner to the Old North Church. If you’re a typophile like myself, you should really check this out. Gary Gregory, the Master Printer that runs the shop, is bursting with excitement for type. After he let […]