1st September, 2017

I'm writing again

Buoyed by experiential optimism, I want to highlight the ways digital technology can benefit well-being, and strengthen our connection to the natural world.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

3rd January, 2012

Another year in review

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.

2nd January, 2011

That was the year that was

I’d been hesitant about writing a review of my 2010, partly because it is something I’ve avoided each year, and also because I had such a brilliant and eventful twelve months that I hate the idea of appearing arrogant or self-indulgent. Ultimately, I decided that this would be something I’d like to reflect upon at a later date, or might be of use to someone else. So for those reasons, I think it’s justified.

28th October, 2010

Brilliant Brooklyn Beta

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.

18th May, 2009

Four days in remote Wasdale

I’m reaching the end of a wonderful week off, which included a five-hour drive to remote Wasdale in the Lake District, two full days of trekking and scrambling, and a return journey of over eight-hours through three national parks. And all of that under sun-kissed skies. Plus, my highest-ever tweet!

9th January, 2008

Ágætis Byrjun

Eight years ago, I spent the Millennium Eve week in a tiny chocolate-box house by the lake in Reykjavik’s old town. I’d just split from my Icelandic partner of two years, and I was down. Really down.

25th July, 2006

What really matters

I found myself again over the weekend. It took 400 driven miles, 15 walked miles, 2000 feet of ascent and my two best friends to track me down, but I’m delighted to announce that I’m back.

27th October, 2004

It's Slow, it's Blow, it sounds like snow

These reviews were originally written for scathing online music magazine Speakers Push The Air.

Honestly, this is the last post about Iceland for now. You can look forward to some waffle about mod-rewrites and RSS in the next offering.

22nd October, 2004

Domino Records Night at Hafnarhus

Last night was special. Domino Records hosted a unique gig inside Reykjavik’s incredible Hafnarhus (Harbour Gallery), featuring Fourtet, Adem, To Rococo Rot, Leeds boys Hood and Iceland’s own amazing Slowblow.