This is a live redesign, and most things are unfinished. Nearly there.

19th July, 2019

Timeline

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

Dear Nature book launch

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

Convenience Store Human

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

Goodbye, Albert Finney

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

Little goat of the air

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

Foreword for The Best 365 Websites Around The World

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

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.

21st September, 2011

My recommended reading

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

The Manual

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

New Adventures identity

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

Twenty-four Ways

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

Preface for Hardboiled Web Design

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

Redesigning the undesigned

For two years—and with much embarrassment, I have been apologising for my undesigned blog. Well, no more shall I blush.

17th October, 2009

CSS Mastery Second Edition

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.

10th March, 2009

Watching the Watchmen

I'd decided not to write about the Watchmen movie, partly because I’m the kind of fan many of you will dislike: I only read the comics a few months ago.