14th September, 2019 / books
We stood before Ian Curtis' earliest handwritten lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Hurried words and edits; deeply personal poetry the resonance of which its author would never know.
19th July, 2019 / design
Redesigning in the open is daunting but encourages progress. Although I’m far from finished, the new timeline is attracting attention, so I’ve written a little about it.
6th March, 2019 / events
Last night I attended the launch of Dear Nature, an important new work from renowned Nottingham artist John Newling. I was also invited to give a reading from the book.
25th February, 2019 / books
Thoughts on the uniqueness of the Japanese konbini, the subtle science fiction of Convenience Store Woman, and notes from a recent Q&A event featuring author Sayaka Murata and translator Ginny Tapley Takemori.
8th February, 2019 / nottingham
My Mam always joked that in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning—that brilliant kitchen sink drama set in 1960s working-class Nottingham—his Arthur Seaton was “just like yer Dad!”
21st December, 2017 / nature
There it was again: a mysterious humming vibrato piercing the silence, then gone. Whatever the source, it was close, and moving at high speed. The twilight made these sudden whirrs seem unnerving yet also fascinating, a puzzle to be solved.
13th February, 2014 / writing
Over the years, the web landscape has changed dramatically. We’ve learned that the mouse and keyboard aren’t the only input sources.
I was commissioned to write this foreword by Awwwards.
2nd June, 2012 / design
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.
21st September, 2011 / books
During my talks and subsequent conversations, 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.
18th August, 2011 / books
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.
25th January, 2011 / design
A number of folks have asked why the New Adventures logo has so many variants, and how it all works together. So, here’s a post exploring the final logo and logotype variants we ended up with after a lengthy process.
16th December, 2010 / design
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 unmissable articles from an assortment of fine web pros. Erm, and myself.
31st August, 2010 / writing
Every web designer harbours tales of frustration, limitation and despair.
I was commissioned to write this preface for the book Hardboiled Web Design, published by Five Simple Steps.
25th January, 2010 / design
For two years—and with much embarrassment, I have been apologising for my undesigned blog. Well, no more shall I blush.
17th October, 2009 / writing
In early 2006, a book called CSS Mastery was published. Written expertly by Andy, it also featured case studies from Cameron and myself, plus a foreword from Dan.