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 […]
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 […]
Something well designed is invisible, as they say. It’s the natural state of that thing – the absence of idiocy, laziness, and confusion. But if it’s the natural state then why is it so elusive, and why do we need to apply an effortful design process to get there? Why do we need to think […]
Fantastic. Self directed learning at work. But now it falls to you: how the hell do you help your child create something so mysterious as a website? There are tools out there to allow complete novices launch their own site, such as WordPress or WIX. While empowering, these services all have one thing in common […]
Web, branding, experience, packaging & print for a children’s entertainer.
Design is powerful method to help manifest the potential in anything. Making things more of what they could be is naturally exciting and something I want to do more of. Design is the rendering of intent – Jared Spool It’s a method because at it’s best design is a conscious, deliberate and logical process. Non-designers […]
The comment form has got to be the worst thing about WordPress. Well, it’s quite powerful, I’m sure of that, but that comes at the expense of flexibility. Most of WordPress you can bend to your will with a CSS, HTML and a little PHP – but to get into the files that dictate the […]
How I started my own vegan cheese business against the odds.
Rating: 5 Update: The links in this article have been redirected to the A33’s successor, the A34. I’ve tried this out in a local store, it’s almost the same product with a cosmetic improvement, the addition of skipping buttons and NFC for Android pairing. Warning for readers : This small speaker has exceptional sound for […]
Common sense says yes, but guess what? You can have your cake and eat it too, especially when it comes to picture images. Long story short, a retina jpeg image can be compressed a lot more before the artefacts interfere with the eye, so much so that they can look better even at a lower […]
I’m failing Nanowrimo – a month where aspiring writers attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel. I started because I thought it sounded like a good way to get started on the stories I want to tell. I’m failing because banging words out isn’t how I write. The best paragraph I ever wrote was written […]
I’d love to talk to you about my journey into discovery of what a website is, and in building adaptable websites with a relatively new technique called ‘responsive design.’ At first I was utterly confused and a little scared because my understanding was dominated by what is referred to as the ‘collective fantasy’ of the […]
The web is awesome, blogs are a revolution. But the ease of self-publishing comes at a price: the mass use of pre-packaged designs and tack-on solutions, all of which add to visual noise and serve to cheapen the content. Over at alidark.com I’ve been aiming to reinstate a smidgen of the dignity by paring things […]
I’ve been a Mac user since 2010 when I discovered the Macbook Pro. The finding was serendipity, and the same machine is still going strong a few years and updates later. Here are some of the smaller apps I use that improve my life or computing experience. Most of these are unobtrusive task bar apps, […]
With potentially millions of people visiting your website (you hope) with nothing but their big fat fingers to guide them, and considering you might not have the hundred thousand dollar budget it takes to make well-designed separate sites for each class of device, it makes sense to start designing a website that will work just […]
Not so long ago I moved further away from a typical blog layout and implemented a minimalistic homepage, that to me felt more authentic and natural. I loved it for a month or so, until I started thinking a lot about its usability. It had a serious problem. I’d made a classic mistake, where simplicity […]
I’m adding content to Vegan Ventures, getting it ready for more eyeballs in the months to come. My first post is on creative cash-strapped business, as opposed to finding loads of capital through investment and wasting it all on uncreative non-solutions. You can read it here: Why Creativity Trumps Capital.
Some thoughts after eight or nine months with my own real-world business.
Alcohol doesn’t make you feel better. You make you feel better (with a drink). Alcohol isn’t retarding your emotional self, you are. I was writing separate posts, one on getting drunk and another on accidental police shootings, when I kept stumbling on one theme: the quick-fix. These two seemingly distant issues have a common root […]
[wide] [/wide] We all have a right to our own belief yet we all live in the same world. It’s a total mess because most of us confuse our right to our beliefs with the right to act on them. We find it difficult to see what our actions mean to things we don’t personally […]