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.

I for­got what the whole apply­ing for jobs pro­cess was like, hav­ing to update pro­files all over the web on vari­ous dif­fer­ent web­sites which advert­ise jobs in the cre­at­ive indus­tries. Star­ted to breathe some new life into my Dribbble account and actu­ally start mak­ing use of Behance.

Art Direction for the Web Using CSS Shapes — Smashing Magazine ›

Sadly, you won’t find many inspir­ing examples of web­sites which use CSS Shapes. That doesn’t mean that inspir­a­tion isn’t out there — you just have to look a little fur­ther afield at advert­ising, magazine, and poster design. 

I’ve been think­ing about my own web designs lately, and real­ising how often they can lack vari­ation in the shape com­bin­a­tions I use. This is a great intro­duc­tion in to using bet­ter art dir­ec­tion for the web, CSS shapes isn’t a tech­no­logy I’m overly famil­i­ar with, per­haps its time to do some more learning.

One of my favourite chairs

The weath­er in Chel­ten­ham the last few days has been glor­i­ous, it has a big effect on my men­tal health when the sun shines and I can have the big doors of my liv­ing room open to let the sum­mer air in to my flat. It can also have a neg­at­ive effect though, with the sun shin­ing so brightly see stuff that I’ve not cleaned for a while and it makes me want to fix that.
This after­noon the sun caught one of my chairs in such a way that it showed up so much dirt I was hor­ri­fied. I undid the cov­er to check if it had wash­ing instruc­tions, it did, and promptly put it in the wash­ing machine. While that was in the wash I gave the frame a bit of a scrub as well, it’s get­ting a little worse for wear and could do with some more atten­tion but it’s not in bad condition.
It got me think­ing about how old the chair is. I’ve had it for some­where in the region of 15 to 20 years, so it’s no sur­prise the frame is a bit rough in places. The chair is an IKEA Poäng and if I’ve had it that long it got me won­der­ing how long IKEA have been selling it for. Turns out, accord­ing to this Fast.co art­icle, the design of the chair is over 40 years old. I guess you could call it a bit of a design clas­sic. The frame of the ver­sion I have is a little dif­fer­ent to the ones you buy today, but the design is essen­tially the same, and it’s kind of com­fort­ing to know that time­less design pieces are still being pro­duced and loved by mil­lions around the world. It’s also nice to know, that in a world of throwaway products, some rel­at­ively inex­pens­ive things can last a long time. The age of my chair is noth­ing com­pared to the one that the founder of IKEA has.

The Bulletin Board ›

I’ve been read­ing Aus­tin Kleon’s blog since Janu­ary, I find the way that he speaks about his note­books and how he uses them very inspir­ing. Today’s post is about his bul­let­in board and how he pins images, clip­pings, index cards, and vari­ous oth­er bits to it for inspir­a­tion while he is writ­ing a book.
The ana­log nature of lots of things that Aus­tin does has really caught my atten­tion. I love tech­no­logy, but as a design­er I also love objects and paper. When I was a stu­dent I covered the wall of my room in halls with bits of graph­ics that I liked. The whole thing turned into one giant col­lage of inspir­a­tion. That’s some­thing I would like to get back into my cre­at­ive life, some­thing tact­ile and away from a glow­ing rectangle.

New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. ›

For me there’s no bet­ter com­bin­a­tion than a cof­fee and design. The two seem to go togeth­er per­fectly. They both require pas­sion, pre­ci­sion, and craft to get the best res­ults. I could­n’t res­ist link­ing to this Brand New’s show­case of a new logo, iden­tity, and pack­aging for PT’s Cof­fee Roast­ing Co.. This is one thing I would love to do, a com­plete brand­ing for a cof­fee roaster.

New Logo and Identity for Dartmouth ›

Brand New fea­tured the New Logo and Iden­tity for Dart­mouth Col­lege designed by Ori­gin­al Cham­pi­ons of Design.
I really like the whole design, from the ori­gins of the type used in the word­mark and the his­tory behind the pine emblem. The exe­cu­tion is really well done and very con­sidered in it’s exe­cu­tion, espe­cially when you con­sider the num­ber of depart­ments and areas with­in a col­lege the size of Dartmouth.

Adobe’s iOS App Failure ›

Over on Six Col­ors Jason Snell speaks of his dis­ap­point­ment with Adobe’s iOS offer­ing. I’ve long been dis­ap­poin­ted with Adobe’s approach to the plat­form and I couldn’t agree more with his comments.

But it’s frus­trat­ing that Adobe has failed its core design cus­tom­ers to such a degree—and it’s also a big risk for Adobe. Pho­toshop com­mands a lot of space in the brains of many cre­at­ive pro­fes­sion­als, but a lot of those people want to use iOS. If Adobe provided them with ful­filling tools for iOS—ones that are as cap­able as what’s avail­able on macOS and Windows—it could keep its cus­tom­ers loyal. 

As a design­er the iPad has always appealed to me as a means of cre­at­ing. It seems like it should be the most intu­it­ive way of lay­ing up designs and draw­ing out ideas. The iPad Pro and Apple Pen­cil only served to enhance this idea for me. Yet Adobe con­tinu­ally fail to acknow­ledge that we could do ser­i­ous work in an iPad. They keep serving up “mobile” apps instead of actu­ally con­sid­er­ing how an app like InDes­ign or Illus­trat­or could function.
It took Microsoft years to bring Office to iOS, and in that time apps arrived to fill the gap they had left caus­ing Office to lose mind­share. That’s now start­ing to hap­pen to the Cre­at­ive Cloud apps, Affin­ity Photo is excel­lent, and more than cap­able of grow­ing in to the gap left by a lack of a fully fledged Pho­toshop. My hope is that oth­er apps will rise up to fill the gaps left by a lack of full ver­sions of Illus­trat­or and InDes­ign or that Adobe gets its fin­ger out and cre­ates them.

Big Screens, Even Bigger Lessons & Learning to Make Tough Calls ›

This is a really insight­ful look into the pro­cess behind mak­ing an iPad app from an estab­lished iPhone app. As a design­er I have some know­ledge of design­ing for dif­fer­ent screen sizes, but the beha­viour of an app is very dif­fer­ent to the beha­viour of a web­site, albeit with some sim­il­ar­it­ies. Before I begin any future web design pro­jects I’ll def­in­itely be giv­ing this piece anoth­er read or two.