I wasn’t expecting this exercise in weekly updates to endure, but here I am, six weeks later, with another weekly round up.
Short posts, articles and essays; mostly written for myself, but sometimes written for others, too.
This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions but ended with me feeling hopeful about my job prospects and position within the industry.
For all their claims of changing the world, it would seem designers have not only failed to address its more pressing problems, but exaggerated many of its existing ones.
Seeking solace in the Court of King Dyer.
Well, that was a shitty week.
Only the second edition of weeknotes, and yet the year is already 5% done. Blimey.
Slack has a new logo, and everyone hates it.
Yup, that’s right, I’m jumping on the weeknotes bandwagon! Consider this an experiment, and we’ll see how long it lasts.
A compelling 120-word critique regarding automated front-end development, as provided by a
Looking back on a well-travelled yet otherwise directionless year.
I assemble a heavenly host of cherubs to sing the virtues of the Eleventy static site generator. By looking at how it compares to the familiar Ruby-based Jekyll, I may have you humming its tune for this season’s holiday projects. But will it put you on cloud eleven?
In thinking about the fabric of the web, I unpick a few threads and tie myself in knots.
If design is the application of ethics, then anyone designing digital products should see their role in a new light after reading this book.
Who is this website for?
A two-week stay in Berlin not only gave me time to explore the city, but also space to question the direction of my career and address a growing sense of disillusionment with my profession.
On German Unity Day, a tour of Tempelhof Airport proved to be a powerful act of remembrance.
Ich bin ein Berliner?
Another identity from the offices of Pentagram that elicits a feeling somewhere between despair and indifference.
As people look to replace Twitter as their social network of choice, Mastadon and Micro.blog have emerged as early contenders.
What does the future hold for small towns like Walsall?
Exploring Newcastle’s former ambition to become “Brasília Of The North”.
An appreciation for identity programmes that seek to refine rather than reinvent.
From its Roman walls to a series of modern carbuncles, Exeter has a curious mix of architecture, but not nearly as much as it once did.