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Taking Flight

My previous site had a very personal bias, yet in retrospect the most interesting posts were those not about my own life, but commentary and thoughts on topics that interested me in the news and the world around me. As I move to this new (and more grown-up sounding) domain, so I would like to spend more time writing about these subjects.

I hope that my interest in areas such as the British broadcasting landscape (with particular attention focused on the BBC and public service broadcasting), politics (both here and the United States) and travel, will have a more lasting value and also engage readers. I also wish to write more about current design trends, branding, interaction design and user experience. Considering this is what I do for a living, it is perhaps a little unforgivable that I didn’t do so much of this previously.

With the intent to write more about my travels, whilst travelling (indeed the next three weeks see me visit Seattle, Chicago, DC and a return to San Francisco), I can now associate each entry with a location, and also link to related photos I upload to my Flickr stream.

The latest of such entries, documenting my three days aboard the California Zephyr is finally available, but you may also like to revisit some older travel related posts — all updated to benefit from the new wider format allowing for bigger photos within entries.

For those looking for a more detailed overview of the technology behind the new site, the Colophon is your friend.

I’m considering today’s launch very much a pre-release affair. I’m still not settled on the design, and I wasn’t able to port some of my favourite ‘vintage’ articles across before I set off for the States, but these will come in time.

Please let me know your thoughts on the new direction and design (and any bugs you run into) in the comments below.

Remarks +1
  • Fabricio Zuardi

    When are you going to san francisco? I think there is a chance that I will be around there too (I will be visiting the us from 8 to 31 of october!)

    btw, nice blog. one small suggestion though: reading text on the left side of my maximized firefox screen is a little annoying, please consider some centralized column or a bigger margin :)

  • Paul Robert Lloyd

    Fabricio – I’m in town until the morning of the 10th, so maybe we could catch up on the 9th?

    Yes, the ‘green squiggly thing’ is my attempt at fussing travel+design, in the form of a pixelated map. It was multicoloured originally, and I may still alter the colouring in the future.

    Thanks for the comments all!

  • Andy Higgs

    I’m not sure how it escaped my feed reader, but the new design completely missed me until I saw it in the ’pack newsletter.

    I very much like the pixel map. The links in the footer are a little strong, but I can cope with that.

  • Jon Roobottom

    I’m still not convinced about the left sidedness of this blog, but as you say it’s a bold move – and one that I may (like a LOT of your stuff) come to appreciate.

    I LOVE the location map – that’s inspired! I take it the header “…and is currently located somewhere near…” takes it’s data from the last post you wrote? Or maybe you use your iPhone to send it GPS data? Either way, nice work.

    As for the overall design – I generally love it, not convinced about the line drawing of the world in the background – but again that could grow on me.

    Good work! Finally you have somewhere to blog!