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 Week in Links

After a brief break last week, I was on a mini-hol­i­day, The Week in links is back with it’s 26th edi­tion. This weeks take a look at how we work and think, how the design of the web is pushed a bit more. And then some fur­ter thoughts on Apple Watch, head­phones, cam­er­as, and the often spec­u­lated Apple Car.

The Week in Links

Anoth­er Sunday and anoth­er edi­tion of The Week in Links. This weeks fea­tured links focus largely on the iPad and it’s abil­ity to be used for work and not just for con­sump­tion. It’s a debate that has been raging for years, and one which we seem to be no closer to end­ing, although we might be a step closer once iOS 9 arrives in September.
I hope you’re enjoy­ing your Sunday, sit back with a cof­fee and have a read.

  • Cross­ing the iPad Rubicon — 500ish Words – I love the idea of work­ing solely on an iPad, along with many oth­ers, and the con­stant dis­cus­sion of wheth­er it can actu­ally be done is inter­est­ing. But every time I read an art­icle like this one, I can stop but come away feel­ing like the whole thing is just a romantic notion. That’s not to say that no one can solely work on an iPad, but I know I won’t ever be able too. My work requires a Mac, with pro­fes­sion­al soft­ware in the form of Cre­at­ive Cloud. That said, if I had an office job of some kind, and only used a com­puter at home for the likes of email and writ­ing for this site, then I’m pretty sure I could go all in right now.
  • The Tools & Toys Guide to Writ­ing with an iPad — Tools and Toys – It seems to be a bit of a theme this week, the top­ic of work­ing on an iPad. This is a really good guide for those look­ing to find out where to begin using their iPad as a more ser­i­ous work tool by doing some writ­ing on it. Per­son­ally I’m a Byword fan and use it on all my com­put­ing devices that I use to pub­lish to this site.

The Best of the Rest

The Week in Lnks

It’s been a buy and stress­ful week since the last edi­tion of The Week in Links, but that’s why we call it work. It’s not always fluffy clouds and bright sun­shine, even for those of us for­tu­nate enough to be doing what we love for a living.
Des­pite all that, I have enjoyed quite a bit of read­ing this week. Once again I’ve high­lighted a couple of art­icles which I really con­nec­ted with. One from Shawn Blanc about work and one about work­ing for your­self… prob­ably not a coin­cid­ence after read­ing that first paragraph.
So sit back and enjoy this weeks edi­tion along­side your Sunday coffee.

  • Con­cern­ing the Ebb and Flow of “Work” by Shawn Blanc – This is sometihng I’m learn­ing about myself at the moment. Even before I was self-eployed my tend­ency was to do things all the time, I used to give my hol­i­days to go and do a bible hol­i­day club for two weeks every sum­mer. It was dif­fer­ent but incred­ibly tir­ing and it caught up with me. Now I’m self-employed for­cing myself to rest is hard, in fact it hit me last week­end. I need to be away from home to rest and shut out my work, oth­er­wise I and my work suffer.
  • Mas­ter work­ing for your­self without crush­ing your soul — Dis­patches from Paul Jar­vis – Really inter­est­ing insights and thoughts on the areas on which to focus if you’re a freel­an­cer. Focus upon what you want to do, talk about it lots and don’t be afraid of say­ing no. That final bit can be the hard­est of all.

The Best of the Rest

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.

  • 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

This weeks edi­tion is com­ing to you slightly late, no excuses oth­er than yes­ter­day flew by and I for­got to post it. I’ve tried some­thing a little dif­fer­ent this week, adding some com­ment­ary to a couple of links I really enjoyed and then list­ing some oth­er good reads below them. I’m hop­ing to evolve this series a little over the sum­mer to inject a bit more of myself into them. Hope you enjoy this weeks edition.

  • THE ALPS by STRAVA – The last week of this year’s Le Tour de France has been through the Alps. This photo story from Strava catches some of what the Pelo­ton has been through these last few days. Even if you’re not a cyc­ling fan these pho­tos are worth view­ing. The moun­tains are stun­ningly beau­ti­ful, I could sit and look at them all day and I loved vis­it­ing the Alps the three times I’ve been skiing.
  • Don’t Let Suc­cess Breed Fail­ure — Shawn Blanc – The second half of this art­icle from Shawn res­on­ated with me and is why I’ve included it in this weeks edi­tion. As a self employed per­son I spend a lot of time think­ing about this kind of thing, espe­cially after events earli­er this year. It’s so tempt­ing to con­tinu­ally say yes to everything, but it’s not pos­sible to do it all. It takes a laser focus and dis­cip­line to make sure that work­loads and pri­or­it­ies remain manageable.

Other links of interest

The Week in Links

Anoth­er Sunday and anoth­er edi­tion of The Week in Links. The major­ity of this week’s edi­tion came across my path in the first half of the week. In par­tic­u­lar is the fas­cin­at­ing and chal­len­ging art­icle on liv­ing well cheaply, whilst I don’t identi­fy with the Mil­len­ni­als, I am tech­nic­ally of that gen­er­a­tion. I found this an inter­est­ing read full of good advice.
Hope you enjoy these reads with your Sunday cof­fee or even­ing glass of wine.

The Week in Links

It’s been an inter­est­ing week, dur­ing which I’ve man­aged to plough through a good chunk or art­icles that I had been sav­ing. It’s made this weeks edi­tion a bit of a bump­er one, and there’s a couple of art­icles that wouldn’t oth­er­wise have made it. One of my favour­ite sport­ing events of the year star­ted yes­ter­day, Le Tour de France, and so there are a couple of inter­view with Brit­ish riders ahead of it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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.

The Week in Links

This weeks edi­tion of The Week in Links cov­ers a rande of top­ics. There’s the usu­al dose of Apple things, some thoughts from Shawn Blanc on focus and cre­ativ­ity, an obit­u­ary to one of the greatest type design­ers of all time, a mov­ing video from Israel and a mov­ing story from the Welsh valleys.
With the edi­tion also fall­ing on Father’s Day it would be remiss not to men­tion my Dad. So just a quick note to him to say thanks for being my Dad, you sup­port me, you help me and you guide me and as well as being my Dad you’re also a great friend. Have a beer on me tonight!