I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

The Rules of Combat

In the words of Tyler Durden

Do not talk about Fight Club.
Do not talk about Fight Club.

Ok… maybe not. This isn’t Fight Club and that’s a fairly old cliché. These rules are the rules of my little chal­lenge. This is where I’m defin­ing what counts and what doesn’t.
This site has a few dif­fer­ent types of post that can appear on it, for the pur­poses of clar­ity they are

  • status
  • photo
  • quote
  • video
  • aside
  • link
  • stand­ard article

Each one is designed for a spe­cif­ic type of con­tent and has a cus­tom style to help dif­fer­en­ti­ate them.

Status Posts

Status posts, or snip­pets, are micro posts. They auto­mat­ic­ally share to my Twit­ter as a post there, I don’t always use them but I plan to start more, espe­cially with the pending arrival of Manton’s snippets.today.

Photos and Videos

Meant for any pho­tos or videos I cre­ate and want to share through this blog. Pho­tos are cross pos­ted to Ins­tagram and Flickr.


Any per­tin­ent quotes that I come across and wish to share without commentary.


Any short posts that don’t war­rant a full post but are longer than a snip­pet. This type might be retired.


Links to art­icles that I think are of interest and have some­thing I want to add or high­light. The title of these types of posts point people away from this site to the art­icle I’m link­ing too.

Standard Article Posts

These are the nor­mal blog posts, the ori­gin­al con­tent. These are the ones that I want to be the major­ity of my posts to be.

What Counts?

The posts that count the most will be the stand­ard blog posts, the ori­gin­al con­tent. When I say the most, I mean that the aim is for the major­ity of my posts to be these ones. Cre­at­ively they have more value since they are my own thoughts and ideas and serve as an altern­at­ive cre­at­ive out­let to my design work. These aren’t the only posts that will count though. Posts that are a link will also count. How­ever, there’s a bit of a rule to go with these. They must include a piece of com­ment­ary that either adds my own thoughts, or that high­lights a par­tic­u­larly per­tin­ent part of whatever is being linked to.
Snip­pets or status posts will not count. Since they’re like Twit­ter posts in nature, I don’t want to take the easy way out and fall back on them as my daily post. Like­wise with quotes and pho­tos, the aim is for these types of posts to sup­ple­ment the longer form and cur­ated linked content.
Why add these rules to the chal­lenge? My aim is to write more, and as a design­er I’m all too aware that a few con­straints to a pro­ject make things a bit easi­er. Con­straints bring clar­ity, focus and free­dom to a pro­ject, it’s only nat­ur­al they will also bring it to this one.