find us on:
twitter
facebook
myspace

Archive for September, 2007

Where the hell have you been?

We've been busy

Hello. You may have noticed that things have been rather slow around here. It’s not the only thing I’ve neglected either — my World of Warcraft account has lapsed, Bioshock hasn’t been played beyond level 2 and hundreds of emails remain unopened. I’ve been meaning to offer an explanation, but I haven’t had the chance to get around to that either!

Firstly, I’ve discovered that I’m going to be a father and, just a few weeks later, discovered that it’s going to be a boy! (I’m a growned up?!) This lead me to make a few bold moves and quit the freelance circuit to take a new role at Nixon McInnes where I’d already been freelancing for a couple of months working on More Than’s rather experimental (for an insurance company) Living project.

Since joining the rather superb team full-time I’ve been busy working with Josh on NM’s pretty awesome re-brand, mincing about networking at dConstruct in a pretty awesome t-shirt, and getting stuck into some rather interesting social media projects.

It’s all rather flipping exciting!

Anyway, because I’ve been so busy, I do apologise if you’ve sent me an email and I haven’t replied! Hopefully I’ll get around to replying eventually — if I haven’t, please give me a prod.

I’ve also got a redesign for Antikewl Daily in the pipeline though, being a designer, I’m still fiddle-arseing around with the details… hopefully not perpetually. One of the biggest changes will be moving the asides to be delivered through del.icio.us. Look over to the left (at the moment, though if you’re viewing this article on the (currently unreleased) new layout it’d probably be on the right — unless I changed my mind) to see where they’ve got to.

I’m really keen not to fall out of the routine of updating this blog, so please (again) prod me if I don’t! As ever, I have a load of stuff that I want to blog about, but never have the time to do it.

So, anyway, wish me luck!

dConstruct07

dConstruct pass

dConstruct is all over for another year.

Highlights for me were the insanely personable Tom Coates and his talk, “Designing for a Web of Data” and Cameron Moll on “Good vs Great Design“. No real lowlights, other than that I wished Denise Wilton and George Oates had a bit of a Q&A at the end of their talk… actually, a bit more Q&A all round would have been nice. Oh, and free coffee during the day would have been cool too.

What I really enjoyed, though, was meeting (meatspace social networking?) a lot of lovely like-minded folk. What’s even better is I’ve come out feeling incredibly invigorated and excited about what I do for a living — which really is a superb and unexpected bonus!

And the beer was nice too.

Actually, I have another low: Because I’m feeling more excited I’m up at eleven thirty on a Sunday finishing off a draft for an antikewl redesign — when I really should be in bed!

Apple announce the iPod touch

iPod touch and friends

Apple have just announced, as many have predicted, the iPod Touch. Basically an iPhone without the phone. It comes in 8Gb and 16Gb flavours (which is far too small a capacity for me to even consider buying — I have enough trouble with 60Gb!) and has built-in wifi for browsing the web and spending your hard-earned cash at iTunes while you wait for your delayed train (or while at their new friend Starbucks’ place). Still, it looks cool.

Also announced:

  • An all-metal 160Gb iPod classic
  • A chubby new 8 or 16Gb iPod nano (with coverflow and video playback)
  • iPod nano in new colours
  • and a cheaper 8Gb iPhone (no 4Gb, it seems)

If you want more geekery, Engadget have a hands-on with both the iPod nano and iPod touch.

Haunted Mansion internal WED memo from 1969

Haunted Mansion WED document

Doombuggies.com has a fascinating internal WED document from April 1969 regarding the about-to-open Haunted Mansion Disneyland attraction. (via BoingBoing)