It’s been insanely windy today, really hoping it dies down a bit before football training this evening.

If you were going to go on holiday in September where would you go?

Anyone know if there is a way to set the Post Format from Byword when publishing to a WordPress blog?

Got some tomato fruit growing on my tomato plants! The first time I’ve grown them and they’re appearing, as are the sweet peppers.

Be Yourself ›

I can’t remember how I came across the article Be Yourself by Tim Nahumck but I instanty saved it. I’ve read twice since then. It resonated with me, in fact the tweets by Aaron Mahnke which triggered this article resonated with me. But most of all, this quote is what I connected with the most. Never have I been more aware of the true meaning of this quote than in the last six months.

I think for most, being yourself is one of the hardest things to do as a human. It takes a lot to get out of your own way, remove the internal barriers, and open up your world to others.

Notts County Manager: Sign all the players!
Chairman: All of them?
Manager: ALL THE PLAYERS!

Great afternoon out in sun with friends and food. New watch mark on my arm though…

Design Machines ›

When we let the success and failure of others superficially guide design decisions, we skip over the context and uniqueness of what makes our products different. Design becomes a game of catch‐up. Not an intelligent pursuit of finding unique formulas that help the organization stand out on its own.

This is one of those articles that as I read it I found myself nodding along to more and more. It’s easy in a world of short deadlines and on demand solutions to default to what we know works, or at least what appears to work when we’re approaching a new job. But what’s most important in these situations, is that this kind of behvaiour/design does a disservice to our clients.

I’ve lost count of the number of times over recent years that we speak about being professional designer, or designers growing up to be on the level of lawyers and accountants. Experts who know what they’re doing and, in many cases, have earned that respect. The trouble is, that the web doesn’t always portray that, and the glimpses of the web in this piece certainly seem to be back that up.

Each client and each job is unique, treat them that way. There is no one size fits all when it comes to design.

The Week in Links

This weeks edition continues the evolution of the The Week in Links. Rather than presenting a list of links of varying length I decided it was time to start adding a little commentary and injecting some more of my interests and personality into the column. It is after all my personal blog that it appears in.

This week covers some technology news, some views on Art and Creativity, Le Tour de France, how dressing could affect our approach to work and an incredible video that I highly recommend you watch with your Sunday morning coffee or evening glass of wine.

Cheers!

  • The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft – It’s been a big week for computing with the arrival of Windows 10. I’ve long been a Mac user, and will be for a long time to come, but I have to say this release of Windows has me intrigued. I’m interested to see how it does and whether it can bring any traction in the mobile space.
  • Approval & Art by David duChemin – I really identified with this when I read it, in particular this short paragraph:

    The problem is that safety, in many ways, is toxic to art. We get addicted to it. We cling to it and venture out less and less. We risk less. We repeat what “works” and avoid what doesn’t. But if what works is what holds us back, it becomes a kind of sabotage to keep doing it.

  • Taking on the Tour de France – With the end of Le Tour last week, this VSCO Journal is timed nicely. Rather than your usual photographic essay looking at Le Tour with a focus on the Peloton this one has a more interesting take looking at those who are watching as well.

Other Reads

Although I realise for someone who’s been on Twitter as long as me, it’s not that many.

Just noticed I’m rapidly approaching 10,000 tweets! That’s a lot.

I think I’m starting to use the ellipsis a little too often…

Becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to own my own content on the web these days. It’s my stuff, not advertisers.

Great to see some old uni hall mates today. Can’t believe it’s almost 11 years since I first met them.

Extra organised this week… The Week in Links post already scheduled for publication tomorrow so you’ll be able to enjoy it with your breakfast tomorrow.

Relaxed time with my parents in their caravan. Good to get away from work for a night.