When I worked at the BBC as an Audience Research Executive it was apparent that many teams were victim to one of two scenarios. Firstly they had no understanding of their audience at all and secondly they had some understanding but a lot of their assumptions were often inaccurate. Read more
I’ve been lucky enough to write for some well known blogs and websites. Below is a collection of articles and podcasts by/featuring me. I’ll be adding to the list as and when new things are published.
Storytelling Conventions on the Web is a sample chapter of my book that the kind chaps at .Net Magazine published online the day it was released. Read the chapter here.
After trying for three years, 2011 was the year when I finally became part of the advent calendar for geeks, 24 Ways. You can read my contribution here. All graphics in the article are thanks to the ridiculously talented Gareth Strange.
Another podcast with Mr. Broome. He we talk about writing to a set structure, using my experience of writing a book as the basis of the discussion. Listen here
Colour is a powerful and important communication tool, and it is tied to religious, cultural, political and social influences. By stopping to consider what each colour represents and is linked to in the ‘real world’ we can make informed design decisions that ensure we appeal to our target audience. Without this consideration we run the risk of offending the very people were are designing for. Read more
Managing web projects is both tough and satisfying in equal measures. Every project is a new learning curve and even though I’m educated from every project I work on, new problems are presented to me on a daily basis. Some problems and challenges on the other hand, rear their head time after time, and I have classified these in line with the 7 deadly sins, renaming them of course as the 7 sins of managing web projects. Read more
We live in a world saturated with stories, then one day along came the web and suddenly anyone could design, write for and contribute to a mass of websites, and storytelling got lost in the mix. Read more
Over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing a series of articles that look behind the scenes of a creative agency, in this case the studio that I work at called Bluegg. The first article is an overview of our agency and a look at a typical day for us. The subsequent articles will look at specific roles within the team. Read more
Love them or hate them (and we usually love ours) no design agency can survive without clients. Establishing and maintaining client relationships is a fundamental part of what we do and we are in the fortunate position of having someone in the team who is able to dedicate almost all of his time to this cause. Read more
I've been working for Bluegg as their Studio Manager for three months now. They had been looking for someone to join the team and help get them organised. I had been looking for a new challenge with a creative team. So far I think we all got what we wanted. Read more
Bluegg is a creative agency and so in order to be creative we need talented and passionate team members that are full of brilliant ideas. That's one thing that Mike and Tom have excelled at, finding the best people for the job who compliment the team and also have individual skills that allow us to offer a range of digital and print services. Read more
The last in our Studio Life series focuses on our web development team - the toughest to explain a typical day for, as web projects can vary significantly. So I’ve written a slightly more broad view with the help of Tom, starting at the beginning. Read more