I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Confession time, I’ve never once snoozed an email. I don’t understand why people want to snooze emails, if it needs acting on I turn it into a task and move on.

After unexpectedly discovering a work contract is coming to an end sooner than expected I made some more progress on my new portfolio site today. A couple of projects up with more to follow. If you know anyone who needs a new website or a designer to join the team let me know.

Anyone able to recommend an alternative to CodeKit for working with Sass locally? I’m fed up of it’s constant hanging and failing to compile after making changes, it makes for a frustrating experience.

I didn’t expect to be doing this on Thursday evening, but after a meeting on Friday I’m now unexpectedly looking for more work. My new CV is now online with . Expect to see a portfolio over the next week. If you know anyone who is looking for a designer let me know!

Watched “Chef’s Table” Sean Brock (TV Episode 2019) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Clay Jeter. With Sean Brock. Sean Brock, who has devoted his career to preserving southern food crops and culinary traditions, is finally forced to reckon with personal demons that threaten his life

Despite my distrust of Google, I still find myself using Gmail for work email. It’s new schedule send function is absolutely brilliant, I think Apple Mail needs a native version of it in the next versions of iOS and macOS.

Starting to play around and appreciate the camera on the iPhone XS a bit more. Only had it a couple of weeks, but it’s a big jump from my iPhone 7.

I’ve been making use of my Starling Bank current account more this month. Starting to think it’s time to make the jump and go all in with them. They seem to be the most promising of all the challenger banks at the moment.

Feeling the itch to redesign my blog for the first time in a long time. Might use it as a way to establish my own base theme as a starting point and then design on top of that.

Art Direction for the Web Using CSS Shapes — Smashing Magazine ›

Sadly, you won’t find many inspiring examples of websites which use CSS Shapes. That doesn’t mean that inspiration isn’t out there — you just have to look a little further afield at advertising, magazine, and poster design.

I’ve been thinking about my own web designs lately, and realising how often they can lack variation in the shape combinations I use. This is a great introduction in to using better art direction for the web, CSS shapes isn’t a technology I’m overly familiar with, perhaps its time to do some more learning.

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

Quoted

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5, ESV

Excited for this to arrive today! Big fan of @austinkleon’s other books.

Read Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) (James S.A. Corey)

Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey’s first novel in the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the outer planets.

Author: James S.A. Corey
Book published: 2011
Rating: 4
Finished on: 26/03/2019

Read Assassin’s Fate

Author: Robin Hobb
Book published: 2017
Rating: 5
Finished on: 21/01/2019

Read Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Author: Michael Pollan
Book published: 2008
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2019/01/07

The follow up to the book and film documentary which gives a few practical hints. I still like the main premise the most:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. This was the bottom line, and it was satisfying to have found it, a piece of hard ground deep down at the bottom of the swamp of nutrition science: seven words of plain English, no biochemistry degree required.

Really encouraging morning at church seeing three of the youth get baptised, followed by an afternoon hanging out with my fellow youth leaders planning the a future youth weekend away.

Trying to limit myself to only having two books on the go at any one time this year. One fiction and one non-fiction. Part of that will mean deciding to stop reading a book if I’m not enjoying it or getting anything from it.

How good would it be if we could attach Shortcuts to notification types? For example, if I have a shortcut that makes it easier for me to add purchases to YNAB, I could attach it as an action to Apple Pay notifications so that with one touch the shortcut could take the value and vendor, fill in the right fields and let me categorise the transaction. It would be so useful.