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The Trouble With Taking Good Photos

Taking a good photo is difficult. The hardest part is you almost cannot do it on purpose. You just have to be in the right time and place, at the ready. Who says a shot is good anyway? The first person whose opinion you should seek is your own. Listening to others can be valuable […]

Posted on March 6, 2015, modified March 6, 2015.
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Photo February

My interest in photos exploded this month. Why now, and not before? Perhaps it’s a kind of mid-life crisis, or a dissatisfaction with my other hobbies and professional efforts. I have some thoughts forming on photography – I prematurely published some earlier. It’s just me exploring why I like photos, taking them, and what I […]

Posted on March 4, 2015, modified March 4, 2015.
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Top Photos of 2014

Today was a good year for creative expression all around, and these photos aren’t any exceptions! I’m also an avid instagrammer… these are my favourites from the year. If you’d like to see more, follow alidark3000. Some of these are SLR shots with a load of post-processing… some are straight iphone snaps. Some are good […]

Posted on December 20, 2014, modified December 22, 2014.
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Wandering Earl

A custom theme for a prize-winning travel blogger (2010).

Posted on December 20, 2014, modified March 18, 2016.

Responsive Web Design: Breakpoints (Suck)

I’ve been doing responsive web design since it hit the fan in 2010, and it’s really challenged and changed how I do web design in general. (Primer: The basic idea is that the way elements are displayed on the screen changes depending on the width of that screen. That way, a website can look just […]

Posted on November 17, 2014, modified October 2, 2015.

The Secret of Great Customer Experience

Starbucks vs. Apple

Posted on September 12, 2014, modified September 12, 2014.

The Secret of Great Customer Experience

Starbucks vs. Apple

Posted on September 12, 2014, modified September 20, 2015.

The Screen

I dented my Macbook screen. My loved window to the world. My canvas. My beautiful, expensive retina screen with the perfect colours and great viewing angles. An investment I planned to cherish for years to come. I like my laptop to have battle scars. But not the screen. I went through a few breif stages […]

Posted on September 12, 2014, modified September 17, 2014.
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Chantel

This was a part of my design study, the final piece after five weeks of life drawing. We were fortunate to be in a course that included emphasis on the basics of drawing.

Posted on July 16, 2014, modified December 16, 2014.
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Potato & Pea Soup (v1)

Winter is on the way out but it’s still pretty… wintery. Growing up, I used to enjoy mush pea soup at my grandparents place. Here’s a variant of that. Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1 potato 1/4 leek 1 cup of garden peas 2 cups of water 1 teaspoon of salt (to taste). Optional: 1 capsicum 1 […]

Posted on July 15, 2014, modified December 5, 2014.

Customers are Not the Enemy, Right?

This is a larger story I’m crafting out of one little example. For years I’ve been running into this barrier: wanting to improve customer experience for an organisation that doesn’t. For whatever reason, many businesses refuses to empathise with it’s customers at some point. A great expereince can only be provided by a business that […]

Posted on July 8, 2014, modified September 20, 2015.

The Manifesto

Big ideas in a small size. If I stood for anything, it would be all of this.

Posted on June 27, 2014, modified September 17, 2017.

The Meaning of a Photo

Well, besides being able to use a camera, here’s what photography means to me as an art. It’s a perspective I’ve been slowly developing for some time, but one that has come into focus recently as I delve deeper. All the statements below aren’t meant as universal truths, they’re very subjective. But it’s fun to […]

Posted on June 17, 2014, modified October 2, 2015.
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Photos from May

I’ve been really enjoying learning about photography lately – finally wrapping my grey matter around the concepts of Aperture and ISO. The best shots will go live here every month. Here’s May’s.              

Posted on June 11, 2014, modified June 16, 2014.

Why I switched from Scrivener to Ulysses

I don’t want to format – I want to write.

Posted on March 4, 2014, modified October 2, 2015.

Facebook for Professionals

Facebook is becoming a large part of many people’s solcial life. Frankly, many of the people I know are active on the site all day. I turned it all off for a while, but there’s really no staying away from the vortex for me. A friend recently expressed shock and horror at the type of […]

Posted on October 14, 2013, modified October 14, 2013.

Facebook for Professionals

Facebook is becoming a large part of many people’s solcial life. Frankly, many of the people I know are active on the site all day. I turned it all off for a while, but there’s really no staying away from the vortex for me. A friend recently expressed shock and horror at the type of […]

Posted on October 14, 2013, modified November 26, 2013.

When is a button not a button? Reflections on flat “design”

Read on for the answer to this enigma. iOS7 went live went live last week. Love it or hate it, you’ll notice a move away from the bumps, shadows, curves and gradients you knew, towards a lighter, simpler and flatter visual style. It’s both the latest trend and a move towards simplicity. “Flat design” has […]

Posted on October 4, 2013, modified October 2, 2015.

Know Thy Theme

A lot of what I do for people is to convince them of importance of thematic integrity and encourage them to maintain it. We need themes in things. They’re the point of entry; the reference point from which we can put them in context. Themes are useful for reducing mental and emotional overhead by establishing […]

Posted on September 28, 2013, modified October 2, 2015.

Choice: the Enemy of Simplicity

The challenge in delivering simplicity is, marketing wants to bring more functionality to bear, engineering wants to bring more options to bear– and all of that just adds to the confusion and clutter. That’s when printing a document becomes confounded with all these buttons and fields and tabs. Don Lindsay Simplicity in consumer software shouldn’t […]

Posted on September 25, 2013, modified October 2, 2015.