A quick overview of what I loved about having an open house show of my workRead More
Recently I’ve been picking up pieces of cardboard, tin cans, bit of plastic and seeing if I can make something out of them. It’s a nice challenge, trying to give meaning and value to things that have very little of either.Read More
It’s tempting to only share things you know to be brilliant and perfect, right? But why is that… and is there a better way?Read More
Cherry blossom transforms a carpark into something other-worldlyRead More
A stamp collectionRead More
Free-range drawings and scrawlings
Drawing on objects is fun. It’s also a lot more suggestive than drawing on a blank page or canvas. It’s a readymade context that your words or images can react to. That interplay can work in a bunch of different ways; are you building on, amplifying, twisting, undercutting or contradicting what’s there?Read More
Some thoughts inspired by the cold weather we’ve been having
Sometimes when you wake up in the morning you know it’s snowed just from the sound. Everything’s muffled. It’s like someone’s spread a freshly laundered duvet over the everything.Read More
My boy’s now eight and at an age where he’s really coming into his own as a person, from choosing the clubs he wants to be part of, to writing the comics he’s constantly making with his friend. At whatever age, from the day he was born he’s always taught me something.Read More
10 ways to make work more joyful and effective
What if everything didn’t have to be a struggle? What if there were easier ways to get people to work together? What kind of things are we capable of when we prioritise play and joy?Read More
15 things I learnt from a brilliant improv class
I went on a course run by actress and comedian Pippa Evans called ‘Improv your life’. Two days of making it up as you go along in front of a bunch of people I’d never met before — a prospect I found quite daunting. It was something that had been recommended to me by a few people, so I was prepared to find it useful but I was really surprised at how much it chimed with me. It’s been buzzing round my head since.Read More
The value of being inauthentic.
Artifice lies in a space between truth and alternative facts. Its fakery is not intended to deceive exactly… there’s a kind of contract between it and the viewer — “I’m going to pretend, don’t take it too seriously, okay?”Read More
Finding a way to give it a rest from time to time.
I’ve been trying to make something to help me regulate my phone use. This phone case is the most effective attempt so far—just turn it screen down to give it a short nap. This also makes it harder to see and get distracted by notifications.Read More
We snack on visual images but there’s a more substantial meal out there for hungry eyes.
We take in a tremendous amount of visual information every second of our lives. But much of this is consumed in a passive way, receiving images in a constant stream from our screens and the world around us.Read More
What would a glitch in reality actually look like?
It has long been suggested that our reality may not be the realest level of reality.Read More
We seem to be living through an era defined by bullshit—what should we do? How can we fight back?Read More
A lot of people don’t like or want to have graffiti on their property—so they remove it. But physical deletion is rarely perfect; things show through, or the paint used doesn’t quite match in colour or finish. These imperfections can’t help but say things about the painter — how annoyed they are, how much pride they have, maybe how much time they have. These non-statements have a quiet eloquence that’s all their own.Read More
A collection of graphics that are misleading, obscure or contradictory.
As a designer a large part of what I do is looking to make things simpler and clearer. It’s not always easy as these examples show.Read More
Playing with polarising film — what you can see and do with it.
A few days ago I posted the story below about polarisation, in it I attempted to explain what it is and some of the things it can do. And I showed a simple way to see polarisation effects using things you might well have in your home i.e. a laptop; a pair of cinema 3d glasses; bits and pieces of clear plastic.Read More
What we can learn from typography and lettering that doesn’t work properly.
Typography is a demanding skill and consequently it’s not something I’ve ever excelled at. I’m not proud of this… but because of my own limitations as a designer it’s quite cheering to see it done really, properly badly.Read More