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.