Archive for the ‘personal’ Category

A New Chapter29

A little over five years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to join the web design team at Yell. I had no relevant work experience and no formal training in anything web-related. Luckily I had landed on my feet and had the support of some very knowledgeable, and more importantly, very likeable people.

Sharing a well deserved beer with the UI team - October 2010

Over the years this team tamed my naive enthusiasm and guided it in a very positive direction. Fuelled by their experience and encouragement I was able learn more about the web than I ever thought possible. More importantly I found myself in the very rare and very privileged position of looking forward to going to work on a Monday morning.

This month I was very proud to be promoted to Head of User Interface and take on the leadership of the very team which made me. My only hope is that I can give back half as much to the team as the team has given me.

Thanks – Chris, Rob, Rupert, Jill, Mel, Nick, Leigh, Rachel, Adam, Paul, Matt, Magnet, Grant, Franco, Carlo and everyone else.

Doctor, doctor…27

html5 doctor logo

I am really excited to be able to announce the publishing of my guest author post, HTML5 Custom Data Attributes (data-*) on the HTML5 Doctor website.

I have used HTML5 Doctor as a learning resource many times in the past and it feels great to be able to give a little something back.

Many thanks to Richard Clark, Remy Sharp and Mike Robinson for their constructive feedback on the article.

If I could dribbble20

All the cool kids are dribbling, why can’t I?

I haven’t felt this left out since my mum refused to buy me proper Nike trainers at school. Dribbbling is a new phenomenom all about sharing what you are working on and getting encouraging, inspiring and constructive feedback from other designers.

I think it is a fantastic idea and I love the execution of it, the site is simply stunning. Unfortunately dribbble is still an invite only proposition which is a bit whack if you are not friends of friends of the creators or an internationally renowned design super hero.

Whilst I am still unable to dribbble in public I thought I would dribbble in private and put out a blog post with the shots I would be dribbbling if I could.

These shots are both from projects I am currently working on and any dribbble-esque feedback on either would be much appreciated.

A current client project


An ongoing personal project


PS – If anyone out there has a spare dribbble invite they could send my way I’d be as happy as a kid with proper Nike trainers.

UPDATE: I now have my very own Nike trainers thanks to the lovely Matt Carey!

Pride of Reading nomination18

This week I was pleasantly surprised to discover that some of my colleagues and I had been nominated for a Pride of Reading award. The nomination was for a community project which I organised in the Summer of last year.

On the 15th of August 2008 myself and about twenty others from Yell spent a hard, but enjoyable day at the Albert Road Day Centre in Caversham. Whilst there we stormed our way through a seemingly endless list of jobs including; redecorating the reading room, painting the external pillars, pagodas and trellis, landscaping the car park, building a rockery, trimming the hedges, mowing the lawn and weeding the gardens.

My personal highlight of the day was the installation of a chicken coop kindly donated by Graham Barnard of Happy Hutch. Well… that and the BBQ lunch cooked by yours truly!

You can read more about the project and the nomination on the Get Reading website.