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.

Self Portraits ›

This is a real­ly inter­est­ing post from Col­in Walk­er about what we have effec­tive­ly been doing on social media for the last 10 years. Paint­ing a self por­trait of our­selves over time.
I’ve nev­er thought about it like that before, and when you add in you’re own blog or per­son­al site, it makes for a rich and tex­tured ongo­ing piece. His con­clu­sions at the end of the post are chal­leng­ing…

We can tell the sto­ries we think oth­er peo­ple want to hear. We can tell skewed sto­ries as we are often not tru­ly hon­est with our­selves. We tell oth­er people’s sto­ries rather than our own, with­out com­ment, with­out opin­ion.
What use are the wrong sto­ries and are we doing our­selves a dis­ser­vice by telling them?

I think, that with­out real­is­ing it, over the last few months of try­ing to revi­talise my blog and using Micro.blog I and many oth­ers are try­ing to reclaim our sto­ries and take hold of the paint­brush.
Post­ing to Twit­ter through your own site first changes the focus of the ser­vice entire­ly. We go from being a pas­sive con­sumer, lik­ing, retweet­ing, reply­ing, with the occa­sion­al orig­i­nal post, to an orig­i­nal post being the focus. We are cre­at­ing and adding to our own sto­ry rather than expand­ing and adding to some­one else’s. Of course it’s not wrong to be involved in oth­er people’s lives, we are cre­at­ed to be in com­mu­ni­ty, but by cre­at­ing first the involve­ment turns into a con­ver­sa­tion rather than just turn­ing the vol­ume up for some­one else. There’s a bal­ance to be found.

Two Weeks with iPad mini ›

That’s when it clicked. When I realised I had — with­out real­ly think­ing — done all the things I need an iPad to do for a whole week with­out being forced back to a full-size iPad, I saw that the iPad mini is just that: an iPad.

When it comes to iPad, Fras­er is one of those peo­ple whom I make sure to take note and lis­ten to what he’s say­ing. He uses iPad a lot more than most peo­ple, so I believe his judge­ment on the device is one to be tak­en note of. I’ve played with iPad mini for about 30 mins in total over a cou­ple of vis­its to the Apple store here in Chel­tenham. The weight of the device and how easy it’s been to hold in one hand has me con­sid­er­ing sell­ing my iPad 2 to upgrade to a mini, my only reser­va­tion being could I con­tin­ue to use it in my work the way I’m find­ing I use my iPad 2?

I have not found the mini to be unus­ably small, even with iOS being scaled down to fit. There have been occa­sion­al apps where cer­tain oper­a­tions have been fid­dly, and I found draw­ing pre­cise­ly with a sty­lus was dif­fi­cult because of the rel­a­tive size of the sty­lus tip. This might be some­thing that can be over­come with a bit of prac­tice but I’m not there yet.

This is now my only reser­va­tion. I use a sty­lus and the Paper app to scamp ideas, it beats my Mole­sk­ine because I can use sub­tle colours to guide my think­ing. I can see a trip to the Apple Store armed with my sty­lus com­ing to maybe con­firm or deny that nag­ging that the reduc­tion in weight is worth me seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing upgrad­ing (and cur­ing the pain I get in my wrists after read­ing for extend­ed peri­ods).

Interview with Marco Arment ›

This is a great insight into the cre­ator of Instapa­per one of my favourite apps on the iPad and the rea­son it does what it does so ele­gant­ly. Mar­co cre­at­ed it for a need he had and it’s an app he uses every­day, it’s not been made for the users, it’s been made for him­self. If Mar­co is any­thing like me, his worst and most impor­tant cirit­ic is him­self. Sat­is­fy­ing that crit­ic is the only way to cre­ate some­thing tru­ly great, which is just what he’s doing.