The latest updates and news from this site and my work.
There’s a few more changes to the website, which I hope will make it easier to use.
That’s all for this month.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my Brutalist redesign of the site. Turns out it was a bit too much, and on reflection it had to come down. I've reverted to my previous design, albeit with a few tweaks to keep it fresh.
This also means a return of the playful retro graphics. Not that [keep reading...]
A busy few days experimenting with different techniques for various projects.
The image above is a red/green toned photo edit using a couple of shots from my old archive. My aim was to create a repeatable color change I could apply to a small number of images in a presentation. Although I've been using Affinity Photo for years, this was [keep reading...]
It's that time of the year when I rework the website for no other reason than I can. While the previous design with its cartoonish characters was closer to the playful side of my personality, this is better suited for my professional work.
This iteration of the design is called "Brutal03" and based loosely on the principles of Brutalist web design. If you're not familiar with it, Brutalism is an architectural style that emerged in the UK in the 1050s. It's in the popular imagination as concrete structures, but underneath this is a minimalist approach that appreciates the materials used in construction [keep reading...]
I'm constantly doodling and experimenting on my iPad. Some of these mini-projects get dropped on Twitter, and then they vanish into the ether.
Rather than lose them forever, I've collated them on a dedicated page [keep reading...]
From time to time I publish features here with a retro styled character as the hero image. I've been creating these illustrations for a couple of years, and while most stay in my archive, a few do leak out into the wild.
I've put together a separate portfolio page that brings the ones I've shared on the site together. It also has a few that haven't made it out in to the wild just yet. There's also something of the [keep reading...]
These come from one of my earliest portrait shoots. They feature a model then going by the name of "Black Phoenix", with whom I spent a fun and productive couple of hours in a studio.
To get these images I asked her to dance, and shot away for a minute or two. There was no direction to "do this" or "pose like that". It was a candid few dozen shots that captured some of the [keep reading...]
Two new and one updated infographics added to my portfolio.
A test for an alternative color scheme to my usual blues, reds and greens. I used data on UK digital ad spending from the IAB, [keep reading...]
After keeping my portfolio tucked away on another site for too long, it's now moved here. My design work has stretched out across a 30 year career in consulting and compliance. I learnt to prepare investment reports at a young age, and from there took every opportunity to create documents, charts and graphics that added colour, texture and depth to the written word.
In the past half dozen years I've extended my skills into editorial design. My focus in [keep reading...]
The site's undergone a major redesign both in how it looks and how WordPress is used. My aim in this rebuild was to create a faster loading design which has a more contemporary feel.
The site's had a full redesign to replace the 5 years old framework it was built on. Inspired by my brutalist experiments, it makes extensive use of css grids and flexbox, and degrades [keep reading...]
After feedback about how distracting my unique take on the Hamburger menu was, I’m afraid Tako is no more. The little blinking octopus that served as a route into the “more menu” has been retired and replaced the traditional “3 dots”.
I have been asked why I put it at the bottom of the page, and the answer is mobile users. It’s a lot easier to reach if you’re using your phone one handed on a train.
Couple of other tweaks include:
Feel free to DM me on Twitter if you have any comments.
Taken years ago on a hill outside Wembley. I was looking for some meditation style shots, and Nikki was happy to oblige. It involved sitting in grass in spandex looking serene. The things models do for their photographers(!).
This shot is now in my portrait gallery.