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Montreal gone kids

2nd August 2012

Last month, I joined my Fictive Kin for our latest retreat. This time around, our hosts were kinsmen Sean Coates and Joël Perras, both natives of Montreal in Quebec.

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Bauhaus at The Barbican

25th July 2012

Just a quick, hastily-written post urging any UK designers to brave the Olympichaos and catch Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican in London before it ends in mid-August. I’m somewhat obsessed, so I popped along yesterday, and was not disappointed.

Archived in Culture | Inspiration | Design & Web
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A brief update

4th July 2012

It’s been a busy few months and I’ve barely had any time to write. As a result, a number of things worth journalling have slipped through the net. To satisfy future me when he returns to this archive, here’s a quick overview regarding Fictive Kin, my presentations, New Adventures, and an award!

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Please update your RSS

4th July 2012

For a couple of years folks have been reporting broken links from my RSS feed, packed with all that Feedburner UTM shit. I’ve been unable to replicate the issue, but thanks to some kind readers I’ve finally realised they’re using a feed I retired in early 2010 and can no longer access. So, if you’re using the /colly/frJd/ feed, please ditch it, and replace with the /colly/WraZ/ version I’ve provided here for over two years. You’ll find that all links suddenly work like a charm. I’ll also make sure full posts are available in the feed when I get a chance. Thank you, and apologies for the disruption.

Archived in Design & Web

The Stone Roses at Heaton Park

3rd July 2012

In 1989, a band changed my life. In 2011 that band unexpectedly reformed, and I didn’t want to be a part of it. This weekend, I saw that band play. On my return home, I find myself writing about why I fell in love, why I became a sceptic, and how I ended up in awe once again.

Archived in Culture | Personal
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New Adventures, the sequel

2nd May 2012

The second New Adventures in Web Design took place earlier this year, again at Nottingham Albert Hall. Some three months later, I’ve finally found some time to write a little about it for posterity.

Archived in New Adventures
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A letter of note

16th April 2012

I love rummaging through old boxes of junk, and uncovering gems. Yesterday, during a particularly determined de-clutter, I found this letter from Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s’ TV show.

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An Event Apart

16th April 2012

I recently got back from a trip to Seattle, where I presented at An Event Apart for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.

Archived in Personal | Design & Web | Writing & Speaking
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Fictive Kinsman

30th March 2012

Hot news! I’m now a full-time member of Fictive Kin, if you hadn’t already guessed. This is the kind of role I always dreamed about, and it feels like a perfect fit.

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Meet little Americo

27th February 2012

Today I received my first photo of Americo, a 12 year old boy from a poor village near Cusco, Peru. I’ll be sponsoring him until he’s old enough to take care of himself. It’s a wonderful feeling to suddenly have a meaningful connection with a little chap over 6,000 miles away.

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