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

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

Design and Enlightenment

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 […]

Posted on September 9, 2013 Modified October 2, 2015

So Your Kid wants a Website?

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 […]

Posted on August 31, 2013 Modified October 2, 2015

Renata Jayne

Web, branding, experience, packaging & print for a children’s entertainer.

Posted on August 19, 2013 Modified March 18, 2016

Why I Love Design

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 […]

Posted on August 6, 2013 Modified October 2, 2015

Styling and Altering the WordPress Comment Form

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 […]

Posted on June 22, 2013 Modified January 19, 2018

Creativity vs. Capital

How I started my own vegan cheese business against the odds.

Posted on March 27, 2013 Modified January 19, 2018

TDK A33… The Best Sounding Bluetooth Speaker?

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 […]

Posted on February 21, 2013 Modified February 5, 2018

Do Retina Images Really Mean Larger Files?

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 […]

Posted on November 13, 2012 Modified October 2, 2015

The Best Paragraph I Ever Wrote

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 […]

Posted on November 10, 2012 Modified November 11, 2012

Adventures in Fluid Web Design

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 […]

Posted on November 6, 2012 Modified October 2, 2015

Simple, Plain-Text Social Sharing Links

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 […]

Posted on October 18, 2012 Modified October 2, 2015