I moved to the Netherlands to live with my lovely Dutch boyfriend in February, and I’m currently finding my feet as a freelance designer in this equally lovely country. The boyfriend in question is the nerdy type – he’s a Network Engineer and all round expert for IPv6, the ‘new’ internet protocol that’s technically been around for 30 years, but since […]Read more "Diversity in Tech"
One of my last tasks as Imagination’s Design Visualiser was to put together a brochure. The timescale was tight – less than 2 weeks – and the information available was in densely packed academic language – no good for the intended audience of MPs in the House of Commons, used to briefing papers on every subject under the sun. I ended up being not […]Read more "Transforming academic language"
I decided Maslow’s pyramidal hierarchy of needs needed an update. Pyramids are just too… safe. Solid. Architectural. Like people can just decide to move up a level, and if they tried really hard and climbed a few steps, they could. I reckon an iceberg is a better metaphor for the human condition. Slippery, unforgiving, and for the most part, […]Read more "Maslow’s Iceberg of Needs"
All the way back in SeptemberÂ 2014, shortly after the nail-biting nervousness of getting into the final of the Hack4Good Global Climate Challenge, I got a tentative email from Dan Cunningham, organiser extraordinaire of Hack4Good, about whether I’d like to be involved in a little project he was helping put together. Six or seven of our rag-tag group of […]Read more "An app for Ebola?"
One fashion design website lead to another – with a different twist. Production Mode is “committed to fair trade pracÂtices including transÂparency throughout our supply chain, paying living wages to the weavers, tanners, cutters and stitchers who produce our prodÂucts, and to reducing our enviÂronÂmental impact. It is our goal that these values become the norm rather than […]Read more "Production Mode – sustainable fashion"
To say that fashion websites are a bit out of my comfort zone is a definite understatement. For all that I’ve occasionally been accused of being stylish (rarely, I might add, and mostly in the overcoat department), understanding the fashion audience is a difficult intuitive leap for someone whose usual choices revolve around two questions: a) will it fit […]Read more "Designing a fashion website"
At the beginning of February I started a bit of a career shift. From spare-time designer and full-time web editor, to full-time designer. My new job meant I moved halfway across the country to Lancaster (aka the Frozen North), for a job in Academia – at a design research centre called Imagination. Yes, a designer for designers, aka a glutton for punishment. Now I’m afraid […]Read more "Service design conference"
Well, hello there! Long time no see. Yeah. Sorry about the year-long hiatus, I had to get some stuff sorted out. Anyway, I’m now living in Lancaster in the UK’s frozen North (winter is coming), and I have a job as an actual designer! How exciting. I’ll update you on some of the projects I’ve been working on […]Read more "We promise"