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 […]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 […]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 […]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: […]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 […]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 […]Read more "We promise"
I had a great time this weekend at hack4good London. Ended up working on a project forÂ International Medical Corps UK, who needed a system developing that would help those affected by disasters and conflict report problems on the ground. As people affected by disasters could have limited access to technology – even basic stuff like […]Read more "#hack4good London"
This was the question my dissertation ended up answering. It wasn’t necessarily the question I started with, but hey, that’s science. Or something like it. The answer is (depending on the type of infographic): A man of above average numeracy with a doctoral-level degree between 45 and 54 years old. Apart from this singularly unhelpful […]Read more "Who has the best chance of understanding infographics?"