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We are the explorers

6th January 2012

Back in November, I was lucky enough to speak at the wonderful Build in Belfast. I reflected on over two years of specific investigation into our craft, and I think it’s one of my stronger talks. I certainly stand by the messages.

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Another year in review

3rd January 2012

The year 2010 was an important and epic one for me, so as it ended I wrote about it in some detail. In doing so, I set myself the goal of documenting each year I survive, and as 2011 was equally epic in some regards, I really want a record of it for the future me.

Archived in New Adventures | Personal | Travels | Design & Web | Writing & Speaking
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My digital preservation utopia

6th December 2011

At Build last month, Jeremy Keith gave a presentation about preserving our websites, documents, and personal timelines. He talked about avoiding data loss, and shared his fears for the future. I really soaked up his thoughts, even though I had to get up and speak directly after him.

Archived in Observations | Design & Web
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Another lesson learned

19th October 2011

I learned many things at Brooklyn Beta last week, but one lesson in particular will stay with me for some time. Taking to the stage to announce our ambitious new web app capped a humbling and fear-inducing afternoon. Despite years of experience presenting to crowds, I was a mess.

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My recommended reading

21st September 2011

During my talks and subsequent conversation, I often mention numerous books that have influenced my thinking. As a result, I’m getting an increasing number of emails and tweets asking for a full list. So, to deal with that, I’ve pulled together the following list.

Archived in Inspiration | HTML & CSS | Design & Web
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One minute with…

12th September 2011

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Conor O’Driscoll for his excellent One Minute With website, which is gradually blossoming into a fine little resource for delving into the heads of us designery types.

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Conferences and expectations

4th September 2011

I have just returned from dConstruct in Brighton, unpacking ideas and notes not just about the web, but also regarding the conference itself, and the views of its audience. As with last year, the general consensus was positive, with attendees feeling inspired and motivated.

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Gimme Bar opens its doors

30th August 2011

For three days only, my favourite web-based stuff-collection service is opening its doors to the public, ahead of a full launch sometime in the near future.

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The Manual

18th August 2011

I have been fortunate enough to contribute to numerous publications in my time, but without doubt the contribution I’m most proud of kicks off the beautiful and important first edition of The Manual.

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New Adventures 2012

5th July 2011

Today, we’re thrilled to launch the second New Adventures in Web Design, taking place once again in wintry Nottingham, on Thursday 19th January 2012.

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