Jan Martinek: words && bytes
interested in understanding


Talkin' bout pagination (and digital books)

June 21, 2017 When you think of a book as of an object, you may find that pagination is its nature. It defines how one interacts with a book. It becomes the central affordance of a book. [Book] came to replace the scroll thanks to several problems that limited the scroll’s function and readability. For one, scrolls were very long, sometimes as long as ten meters. This made them hard to hold open and read, a difficulty not helped by the fact that most scrolls in that era were read horizontally, instead of vertically as scrolling virtual documents are read now.

Big Early-web Innovations

May 21, 2017

How to be wrong (for beginners)

November 18, 2014

Thoughts left in my head after #sxc13

September 25, 2013

We all should wear alarm clocks

February 27, 2014




Task management with a plaintext workflow


Realizing the potential of digital books

Peer Blender

Open-source peer-assessment tool


A tool to capture and review best practices


Easily embed various editors into any web page


A photo of me: gazing into the camere in a Dreamer t-shirt.

I am a freelance designer, coder and teacher.
I use technology to cope with problems.
My background is in sociology, political science and media studies.

I am interested in understanding.