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Twenty-four Ways

16th December 2010

Tis the season of good will and gifts. In this spirit, we welcome back the hugely advent-ageous 24 Ways for a sixth year of thoughtful and unmissable articles from an assortment of fine web practitioners. Erm, and myself.

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Pipeline interview

23rd November 2010

It was my pleasure to be Dan Benjamin’s guest on The Pipeline earlier today. For thirty minutes or so we chatted about such topics as design, speaking, writing, publishing, launching a conference, great successes, incredible failures… and my spare bedroom.

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Brilliant Brooklyn Beta

28th October 2010

Back in May (during a drunken Beer Friday in New York’s DUMBO) my friends Chris and Cameron outlined their plan to put on a unique event for the web community. If they pulled it off, it would be fantastic. Well, they did it, and the result was the incredible Brooklyn Beta.

Archived in Inspiration | Travels | Writing & Speaking
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dConstruct workshop

8th September 2010

Last week I ran a workshop for twenty-seven people at dConstruct, entitled Defining A Flexible Process. It was a real honour to be invited to put this together by my friends at Clearleft, and to once again visit that odd place they call Brighton.

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Memories of another trip

9th June 2010

Having just spent ten of the best days of my life in New York and San Francisco, I’d planned to write about some of my experiences. However, there is way too much to cover. Therefore, I simply present a list; a personal diary entry to trigger my own memories of people and places in years to come.

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Thoughts on FOWD 2010

21st May 2010

My brain hurts, my throat is hoarse, and my unwanted collection of Media Temple-branded lanyards has grown by one, which means I must be back from another Future of Web Design conference, where I presented my personal thoughts about our future. In order to avoid doing any proper work, I hereby present the usual rough and ready overview of the event from my slightly exhausted perspective.

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Design To Communicate

29th April 2010

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the incredible Sage Gateshead for the first DIBI conference; a two track event covering design and development, and the first of its kind in the region I once called home[1].

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Process Toolbox, part nine: Narrative

22nd March 2010

At last, we reach the final transcript from The Process Toolbox presentation. Over the previous eight posts, we’ve looked at backbone, collaboration, audience, methodology, roadmap, creativity, convention, and prototyping. To conclude, we’ll look at a method for pooling all of this together to reduce noise and leave only the finest signals to present a project narrative - a single, focused design path.

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Process Toolbox, part seven: Convention

22nd March 2010

Here’s part seven of The Process Toolbox, a transcript of my @Media presentation. Having dealt with inspiring creativity in the last instalment, I’m moving on to conventions and flexibility. Without question or compromise, every website needs to be built with a solid foundation layer - a reusable package.

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Process Toolbox, part eight: Prototyping

22nd March 2010

Okay, part eight - and the penultimate transcript from The Process Toolbox. As much as all parties may talk about requirements and argue over features, often they won’t really “get it” until they can see the concept represented visually, and understand its exact behaviour. This brings us on to various methods of prototyping.

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