31st December, 2016

2016 in music

We lost David Bowie, and the world collapsed into the disturbing but not entirely unexpected populism of Brexit and Trump. Black voices mattered: Solange; Michael Kiwanuka; A Tribe Called Quest; Chance; the absolute brilliance of Frank Ocean. Here are my top albums, tracks, compilations and gigs of 2016.

31st December, 2015

2015 in music

I'm not sure 2015 was an especially memorable year for music, but I've made a commitment to these lists now. So, here we go with my top albums, tracks, compilations, and gigs.

15th January, 2015

Wedding videos

Our highlights reel has arrived!

31st December, 2014

2014 in music

It was yet another cracking year for new music, and I consumed as much as possible, making my annual roundup as difficult as ever. To follow my 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 lists, here’s 2014. Let’s get on with it.

30th August, 2014

31st December, 2013

2013: a year in review

This is the fourth end-of-year review I’ve written and as ever it’s a personal reflection that I think I’ll enjoy reading in twenty years or whenever. In a nutshell, 2013 was incredible, and the year I pretty much sorted my life out. Most notably I turned 40, and got engaged!

30th December, 2013

2013 in music

Personally, I considered 2013 to be an incredible year for good music. I was at times overwhelmed and consumed exactly eighteen tonnes of new sounds and bought too much vinyl probably. Anyhow, let's get moving. In the spirit of my 2010, 2011, and 2012 lists, here's one for 2013.

17th June, 2013

Waking in Florence

I awake to a beautiful Summer’s morning in the Boboli District. The heat has me out of bed unusually early, and I find myself on our balcony garden, looking across the terracotta rooftops of Florence.

24th January, 2013

Hello one last time

This editorial was written for the New Adventures newspaper, January 2013.

Yes, it's the last New Adventures in Web Design, but not necessarily our last adventure. More on that later. First, let's go back a few months.

31st December, 2012

Yet another year in review

Having summarised my year as both 2010 and 2011 drew to a close, I'm learning to enjoy writing these reviews now. Early worries about being a "show off" or the irrelevance of my experiences to others have worn off, and I see this as a cathartic task that teaches me as much about the coming year as it does reflect on the one just passed. So, here's my look back at an incredibly busy 2012.

30th December, 2012

2012 in music

I considered 2012 to be an epic year for music, and I absorbed so much over the last twelve months due in part to Rdio finally launching in the UK, and our new project Rushmore. So, having set my stall out with my 2010 and 2011 roundups, I felt compelled to trawl the year and document the orchestrated noises I couldn't leave alone in 2012.

28th December, 2012

iPhone video experiment

I am an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography and video, but I like a challenge. In 2012 I tried to shoot video wherever I went. However, I don't like carrying around loads of expensive kit, so I constrained myself to only using my iPhone 4S, some carefully chosen apps, and a couple of peripherals. The results were... interesting.

11th November, 2012

Creative Mornings NYC

Last month I was thrilled to speak at the Creative Mornings Benefit in Brooklyn, alongside Jason Santa Maria. By way of record, I’ve pulled together videos of both talks plus my slides and a few thoughts in this quick post.

1st November, 2012

Make something you love

After my trip to Minnesota I travelled straight to Brooklyn. I never need a reason to visit my favourite borough, but I was especially excited to attend my third Brooklyn Beta as this time it would be as an insider, supporting my Fictive Kin.

30th October, 2012

AIGA Design Camp

Earlier this month I spent four days in remote Nisswa, Minnesota where I delivered a keynote to around 350 designers, alongside Pentagram’s Paula Scher, book designer and Batman author Chip Kidd, and heroes of illustration The Heads of State. It was a breath of fresh air, and it made me think again about what I present and to whom I present it.