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.
Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 9.42.08 PM

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.
Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 10.44.16 PM

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 October 2, 2015.

Creativity vs. Capital

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

Posted on March 27, 2013, modified September 17, 2017.

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 October 2, 2015.

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 I’ve been aiming to reinstate a smidgen of the dignity by paring things […]

Posted on October 18, 2012, modified October 2, 2015.

Small but Useful Apps for Mac

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, […]

Posted on October 18, 2012, modified October 2, 2015.

How to Make Whole Post Excerpt a Clickable Link

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 […]

Posted on October 18, 2012, modified October 2, 2015.

When Simplicity Gets Misused (Users aren’t Amused)

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 […]

Posted on October 9, 2012, modified October 11, 2012.

In business, creativity is the real capital.

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.

Posted on October 1, 2012, modified October 9, 2012.

Direction, Compromise, Attractive Evil Doorways and Ideals.

Some thoughts after eight or nine months with my own real-world business.

Posted on September 26, 2012, modified October 9, 2012.

Drinking as a Quick Fix

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 […]

Posted on September 9, 2012, modified October 9, 2012.
Screen Shot 2012-08-23 at 1.33.06 PM

Is Eating Meat Really a Personal Choice?

[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 […]

Posted on April 4, 2012, modified July 28, 2014.