Being a Code Sponge

I had the pleasure of attending @media2006 and was lucky enough to meet the eloquent cheese lover and design extraordinaire Jon Hicks. He also presented "Being a Creative Sponge" a hands on look at collecting inspiration from places you may not necessarily look and using it to fuel your own creative process.

You can find a recently updated version of the presentation on Jon's journal, or if you are hoping to stage a factually accurate sitcom based around the popular 2006 conference grab the original one instead. Read more


Project52 starts tomorrow. One blog post a week, for a year. It's going to be tough. Read more

Blazing Backups

My back-up routine currently consists of a Time Machine volume and a weekly back-up of my project folder to Mobile Me. Clearly there is room for improvement so whilst I save up enough cash to drop on a Drobo (for local secure back-up) part of the gap can be filled with the cloud. Read more

A New Name

The Critical Web Design domain was the first I ever bought, and it's been with me since I first decided to get serious about web design and make it a career. Really it's not a bad name, but as I have grown older I've become to see its problems, its inelegance and irrelevance. Read more

A Fresh Start

Having grown increasingly tired of my previous blog and website, I was in need of a drastic change - something to kick start my enthusiasm again, to help me improve as a writer and to try and have some fun. Read more