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.

Burgh Island, Bigbury

I had the plea­sure of going away this week­end for s sur­prise 30th birth­day par­ty. My friend Sam did­n’t know that a num­ber of us were trav­el­ling down to Ivy­bridge for the week­end to sur­prise him, it was a great time to catch up with sev­er­al friends I had­n’t seen for a while.
Part of Sat­ur­day was spent tak­ing the many dogs for a walk at Big­bury and to take in Burgh Island in the process. The island become com­plete­ly cut off at high tide, but when the tide goes out a beach con­nects it to the main­line. While the four dogs were tak­ing var­i­ous mem­bers of our par­ty for a walk, I pulled my iPhone out my pock­et and took a few snaps. I kind of wish I had my prop­er cam­era with me, but I’m still pret­ty please with how they turned out. Despite all the weath­er and low cloud, the place felt real­ly calm and peace­ful, hope­ful­ly my pho­tos have caught some of that.

Micro.blog Photo Challenge

Doug Lane has post­ed his idea for a Micro.blog Pho­to Chal­lenge and Man­ton has already added a pin to Micro.blog for those who man­age to com­plete the challenge.
This is one of the things I’m real­ly enjoy­ing about Micro.blog at this ear­ly stage, the com­mu­ni­ty is so active­ly engaged and Man­ton is so quick to respond to good ideas that fit with the vision of the ser­vice. I’ll be aim­ing to take part in the chal­lenge so keep your eyes peeled for my con­tri­bu­tions over the next week.

THESE ISLANDS – Cereal ›

Cere­al Mag­a­zine is one of my favourite pub­li­ca­tions, ever since I came across it I’ve pre­ordered every copy and own the Copen­hagen field guide.
These Islands looks like a beau­ti­ful cof­fee table piece doc­u­ment­ing their favourite places in the British Isles. Def­i­nite­ly one for birth­day or Christ­mas lists this year.

Cinque Terre, Italy ›

Joshua Gin­ter has been knock­ing it out the park with his recent pho­to posts from hol­i­day­ing around Europe. This post about the Cinque Terre in Italy is the lat­est in the series and the most beau­ti­ful so far.
Italy is a coun­try that I’ve always want­ed to vis­it. I’ve only vis­it­ed Venezia so far, and that was for the bien­nale dur­ing my art stud­ies before uni­ver­si­ty. It’s a place I would like to return to one day, but I would have to pair it with a cou­ple of oth­er places at the same time.
Pri­or to Josh’s post, I had nev­er heard of the Cinque Terre, but it’s now firm­ly on the list along­side the likes of Flo­rence, Rome and Sici­ly. My only hope is that I’ll be able to get to see it before the tourists spoil it too much. Although there is hope that the area will adapt, it’s cul­ture seems to be find­ing a way to sur­vive by the sound of things.

Even still, nes­tled inside Cinque Terre is one of the most pure forms of Italy one can find on any trip. Many shop own­ers don’t speak a word of Eng­lish. Many busi­ness­es take cash only. Many locals still wan­der down to the mar­ket each day to get their bread. Despite the tourists, the Cinque Terre has found a way to stay with­in itself and close to its roots. 

The Week in Links

This weeks edi­tion con­tin­ues the evo­lu­tion of the The Week in Links. Rather than pre­sent­ing a list of links of vary­ing length I decid­ed it was time to start adding a lit­tle com­men­tary and inject­ing some more of my inter­ests and per­son­al­i­ty into the col­umn. It is after all my per­son­al blog that it appears in.
This week cov­ers some tech­nol­o­gy news, some views on Art and Cre­ativ­i­ty, Le Tour de France, how dress­ing could affect our approach to work and an incred­i­ble video that I high­ly rec­om­mend you watch with your Sun­day morn­ing cof­fee or evening glass of wine.
Cheers!

  • The sto­ry of Win­dows 10 from inside Microsoft — It’s been a big week for com­put­ing with the arrival of Win­dows 10. I’ve long been a Mac user, and will be for a long time to come, but I have to say this release of Win­dows has me intrigued. I’m inter­est­ed to see how it does and whether it can bring any trac­tion in the mobile space.
  • Approval & Art by David duChemin — I real­ly iden­ti­fied with this when I read it, in par­tic­u­lar this short paragraph:

    The prob­lem is that safe­ty, in many ways, is tox­ic to art. We get addict­ed to it. We cling to it and ven­ture out less and less. We risk less. We repeat what “works” and avoid what doesn’t. But if what works is what holds us back, it becomes a kind of sab­o­tage to keep doing it.

  • Tak­ing on the Tour de France — With the end of Le Tour last week, this VSCO Jour­nal is timed nice­ly. Rather than your usu­al pho­to­graph­ic essay look­ing at Le Tour with a focus on the Pelo­ton this one has a more inter­est­ing take look­ing at those who are watch­ing as well.

Other Reads

The Week in Links

Anoth­er new week, anoth­er edi­tion of The Week in Links. This week has been a good week with the launch of some updates to a client’s web­site and a new home­page for 18TWO, so my evenings have been filled with some relax­ation and bike rid­ing. Con­se­quent­ly there’s a good num­ber of links for you to devour over your lunchtime cof­fee, cov­er­ing Mac­Book, Apple Watch, pho­tog­ra­phy, prod­uct design, work­spaces, writ­ing and fin­ish­ing off with some cycling.