Journal

23rd February, 2020

Archive, organise and document your work

I've been busy documenting projects and just launched my Work section. It's about time I shared my work, but getting it done has been frustrating for one big reason: archive neglect.

29th December, 2019

2019 in personal projects

For too long I'd neglected this website and my other personal projects. Everything everywhere needed redesigning, restructuring, or throwing out. This year, I turned things around.

27th November, 2019

Tape loop

If you insist your music arrive only as rented data packets, and consider physical formats an anachronism, then I guess you're too cool to spool. Me? I'm breaking out the tapes.

8th November, 2019

Rizamblings

This week, I had the pleasure of joining polymathic designer and poet Rizwana Khan to record an episode of her all-encompassing, stream of consciousness podcast.

19th October, 2019

Primer EU: Futures For All

I spent this week in Madrid, where I attended Primer EU. With my increasing interest in futures and speculative design, I wanted to take a closer look at the community, its methods, and successes.

18th August, 2019

Detaching from Facebook

I've deactivated my Facebook account, having become deeply uncomfortable with the company's propensity to mislead and cause harm. I just wish I could truly delete it.

4th June, 2019

An emotional adventure

Excitement gave way to fear, but hard work and a positive community made everything worthwhile. This is what it felt like to bring back New Adventures after a six-year hiatus.

5th April, 2019

Identity at Dot York 2018

It was an honour to speak at last October’s excellent Dot York conference, invited to contribute my thoughts to the opening session exploring digital identity.

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.

20th September, 2018

Design notes: a simple plan

It’s taken a summer of hard work to establish a comfortable baseline for wherever our new adventures might take us. Here are some notes about our new design and build.

This article first appeared on the New Adventures blog.

13th September, 2018

New Adventures returns!

People always asked if New Adventures might ever return. “Never,” was our stock reply. But this year we realised just how much we’d missed it — and missed you — and wondered if a return might re-energise digital design and those that value it.

1st June, 2018

Living with a conversational object

I feel awkward talking to machines, and I always will. My comfort zone ends at the ATM or self-service checkout, where I’ll conclude transactions with a whispered ‘Thank you’.

20th May, 2018

Data watching: part two

In part one, I wrote about the digital trail that led me to an osprey named Shana and the community crowdsourcing her story. Part two follows her action-packed migration, and considers her legacy.

10th May, 2018

Data watching: part one

The digital trail led me to an electricity substation near Walmart, and my first encounter with its globetrotting tenant. In documenting the moment, I joined a community of far-flung onlookers crowdsourcing her story.

8th March, 2018

Existing in four dimensions

The expansive views from the hard-won summit deserved my full attention, but cognitively I was elsewhere; present in multiple locations by way of a weak but welcome signal.

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