Journal

22nd January, 2020

A time for imagination

Last year’s New Adventures conference could have been a one-off reunion. It was a challenging project, but the event itself was probably our best yet, and the response overwhelming.

This editorial was written for the New Adventures magazine, January 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24th January, 2019

A certain sense of inevitability

The first New Adventures took place in 2011, sparking a trilogy of events that helped push digital design forward with bold ideas and honest opinion.

This editorial was written for the New Adventures magazine, January 2019.

26th December, 2018

Netmag Q&A

A short interview with Netmag about the return of New Adventures.

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.

15th November, 2017

Junco’s, the tiniest pub in Newfoundland

How reality TV exposes nature’s life cycles, and why a whole province found delight in an unscripted anthropomorphic soap opera.

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.

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