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.