Silence on the radio is not radio silence

I once had to do a one minute silence on the radio. It was on Mother’s Day in March 1996, the Sunday following the horrific Dunblane massacre, in which a gunman killed 16 children and a teacher at a Scottish primary school. We were running Sound Radio – a community radio station – from an empty […]

Jobs I’ve had: Car auction driver

[Like many, I’m a firm believer that we learn by doing, and the benefit we gain from the variety of our experiences – both positive and negative – we bring to every new situation. So I thought I’d write about a few of the many different jobs I’ve done since my first in the mid […]

Arts spaces as workplaces – London’s Royal Festival Hall

Since I went freelance nearly four years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time working in – and a lot of time talking about – The Royal Festival Hall in London’s South Bank Centre. Today is the last day I’ll cycle up here from home in London. Next week we’re moving to Bristol, and really […]

The Gnomes, Vaudeville Entertainers

The Gnomes, Vaudeville entertainers (photo on Flickr) Almost a hundred years ago, my great grandparents (my father’s father’s parents) were in The Gnomes, a group of London-based vaudeville entertainers. My great-grandfather, Edgar Sidney (standing on the right in this photograph), directed the group. He wrote the words for the “humorous song” I’m going to grow a […]

Why I think ASUS Padfone misses the point

I’ve just watched the shiny video promo for the new ASUS Padfone. It’s a tablet (think iPad, Galaxy) with a marsupial-style pouch for a mobile handset. No longer will you suffer eye-strain trying to read those tiny words on the handset screen. Just pop it in to the tablet, and read them in large print […]

Content connections

How does a piece of content relate to other content? Learning, conversations, people, places, events, news, policy and procedure… Not an exhaustive list, and deliberately format-agnostic, but a helpful start when planning and thinking about web and intranet content. Let there be no cul-de-sacs.

Ten toes running diary – Day one

I recently bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers running “shoes” after reading about barefoot running on the Britmilfit website. I’m not currently doing Britmilfit, but have done over the last ten years and can thoroughly recommend it. Today I was able to put a last minute client rescheduling to good use, and finally had […]

The web – integration not destination

If we really want to help people connect with each other, get stuff done, solve problems and make things, then the web is not the destination. We need to work harder to integrate the web in to people’s lives, when and how they want and need it. The web can be the fabric. It can be […]

Find, Understand, Share, Extend

Today is World Usability Day. The theme this year is communication. I’ve chosen to write about something which I find helps teams I work with communicate and explore what we design and put on the web. Back in 2005, Yahoo! Search announced a “vision statement”. Enable people to find, use, share and expand all human knowledge. Somewhat ambitious, sure. A little […]

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