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Entries from 2012

2012 was the year of the Dragon

The year 2012 (MMXII) is a leap year starting on Sunday in the Gregorian calendar. It is the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations; the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 3rd of the 2010s decade.


31 2012 in music

It was an epic year for music, and I absorbed so much due to Rdio finally launching in the UK, and also our music project Rushmore. So, I felt compelled to trawl the data and document the noises I couldn’t leave alone in 2012.

31 2012 in review

Having summarised my year as both 2010 and 2011 drew to a close, I’m learning to enjoy writing these reviews now.

28 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.


25 Düsseldorf and Köln

My second trip, and our first date trip together.

11 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.

01 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.


30 AIGA Design Camp

Earlier this month I spent four days in remote Nisswa, Minnesota where I delivered a keynote to 350 designers, alongside Pentagram’s Paula Scher, book designer and Batman author Chip Kidd, and illustraters The Heads of State.


02 Montreal gone kids

Last month, I travelled to Montreal for our latest Fictive Kin retreat. Our host was Joël Perras, a most knowledgeable native of Quebec.


25 Bauhaus at The Barbican

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.

04 A brief update

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.

03 The Stone Roses at Heaton Park

In 1989, a band changed my life, but when they recently reformed I didn't want to know. This weekend, I gave my scepticism the slip and witnessed the resurrection.


02 A tour of ESAD

I’ve spent the week in Porto, invited to lecture students at Matosinhos School of Art and Design, also known as ESAD. The school stands apart, and I loved every minute.


19 Helsinki

My first trip to Finland, speaking at a conference in Helsinki.

02 New Adventures, the sequel

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.


16 An Event Apart

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

16 A letter of note

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


30 Fictive Kinsman

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.


24 When we build

On the morning of Thursday 10th November 2011, I was excited about closing the day’s talks at Build. Then, just before lunch, something happened. Something unexpected and incredible, care of Wilson Miner.

22 New Adventures newspaper 2012

Right now, I’m resting hard after a very successful second New Adventures in Web Design conference, and I’ll write an overview of this overwhelming experience soon. For now, I just wanted to say a little about this year’s newspaper.

22 Relly’s New Adventures video

The day after the second New Adventures wrapped, we received an unexpected gift from Relly Annett-Baker: a wonderful little video that sums up the whole day.

19 Hello again

One wet afternoon in April, I was sat in The Gladstone with my good friend and collaborator Greg Wood — making light work of pale ales — when the conversation came around to New Adventures.

06 We are the explorers

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.