Them that can, do

As of today I’m going to be lecturing in Design part-time at Hallam University in Sheffield. It’s two days a week of something that I tasted last year as an associate lecturer and I enjoyed. There are a few things that have led to this decision: Learning and being creative. Tom Stafford recommended a book… Read more

Attention and Gesture

“To create successful animation, you must understand why an object moves before you can figure out how it should move. Character animation isn’t the fact that an object looks like a character or has a face or hands. Character animation is when an object moves like it is alive, when it looks like it is… Read more

We Watch

One of the things we’re doing at Rattle are once a month ‘hackdays’. We’re doing hackdays to rapid prototype ideas we have, learn new technologies and have some fun.  Previous hackdays have produced things like Wordr, Social Scoreboards, Pretend Fan, Open Plaques and the Job Box.  This month we created We Watch: a way to see what… Read more

Feeling it…

Malcolm Gladwell has a wonderful article on the art of pitching and in particular the art of pitching as practised by the Popeil and Morris clan in the US in the mid-late 20th Century and epitomised by Ron Popeil, the man who invented the infomercial with products like the Showtime Rotisserie and Grill and the… Read more

Dashboards for Pretending

I’ve been doing a bit of work around dashboards at Rattle.  Despite the interest in dashboards there’s precious little in the way of analysis of existing dashboards, for example car dashboards and how their patterns are designed for ‘blink’ interpretation and of course pretending.  However, I did come across this in the Nissan GT-R, a… Read more

Ecosystems and Small Economies

This tweet got me thinking about how I use different web services and how fundamentally the value I derive from my consumption online is now dependent upon different stuff that talks to each other. Ecosystems. Tom refers to Instapaper in his tweet but I think this tool is illustrative of a broader move toward web… Read more


We tend to do a lot of conference calls with clients and also team catch-up calls.  And, if I’m honest, my mind can drift a bit.  The attention deficit created by my screen based workflows means I’m often missing from the moment.  The lo-fi solution to improving engagement is Crispin’s Tengu, which is employed to… Read more

We Are Friction

This talk was given at Lovebytes on the 12 Feb 2010.  Thanks to Lisa for the invitation. Tom Armitage gave a talk a few years ago about manners and etiquette which has stayed with me and which, with the recent meme around playfulness and Russell’s talk at Playful last year, got me thinking about how… Read more