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.

Big Mail ›

I used to post a lot about tech­no­logy, shar­ing links to the latest releases etc. That’s kind of slipped by the way, although I’m still inter­ested in these things there are a lot of oth­er places to find them. That said, this morn­ing I came across a new email app that’s in the works called Big Mail that I think is a really inter­est­ing approach to hand­ling email. I’ve looked into Hey and Onmail recently and whilst I’m intrigued by some of the fea­tures they all require using a web app and I prefer to have an app for my email. Even bet­ter is that Big Mail handles everything on device and means I don’t have to trans­fer my email to a dif­fer­ent pro­vider. I look for­ward top giv­ing it a try.

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.

Instapaper Returns to the EU ›

I’ve been an Instapa­per user since it launched so I’m delighted to see it return to the EU now that it is an inde­pend­ent com­pany once again.
When it dis­ap­peared from the EU when GDPR hit, I tried to find a way of repla­cing it first with Pin­board then with Safari Read­ing List. Neither of which really stuck, so des­pite the slight con­cern over why they could­n’t hit the GDPR dead­line, I’m back using it and we’ll see if I start using as reg­u­larly again.

Unsplash ›

I love Unsplash. Whenev­er I need an image that I don’t have in my own lib­rary this is my first port of call. It has been for quite a while, but recently I’ve noticed that it’s lib­rary has grown so much I can reg­u­larly find images for spe­cif­ic loc­a­tions in the UK.

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.