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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.

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.

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’.

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.

22nd January, 2012

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.

21st December, 2011

Taming Complexity

I’m going to step into my UX trousers for this one. I wouldn’t usually wear them in public, but it’s Christmas, so there’s nothing wrong with looking silly.

This article was commissioned for 24 Ways.

19th August, 2011

Maturity and the Weight of Learning

As the web matures, great designers are distinguished not by conviction but by the ability to look beyond the tools at hand, to inquire deeply, and to define a lexicon for the field.

This article was commissioned for the first edition of The Manual.

19th August, 2011

Lesson

Marked by intense focus and mutual understanding, a conversation with artist Ian Breakwell yields a necessary breakthrough and sets the foundation for a creative path.

This article was commissioned for the first edition of The Manual.

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

The New Adventures paper

Following on from New Adventures, which finally happened last week, I want to write a series of short posts about the nuts and bolts. Firstly, a little about the name, the newspaper and the inspiration for the cover artwork.

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.

16th December, 2010

The Articulate Web Designer of Tomorrow

You could say that we design to communicate, and that we seek emotive responses. It sounds straightforward, and it can be, but leaving it to chance isn’t wise.

This article was commissioned for 24 Ways.

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.

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.

4th August, 2009

Erskine Design redesign

In just two years, Erskine Design grew from two people working at home into a full-fledged agency of eight, working with some major clients.

This article was commissioned for A List Apart.

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