Visual Storytelling Made Simple: Storehouse for iPad

Did you know that the very first version of Instagram (Burbn) was intended as a ‘Swiss army knife’ of an app… kitchen sink included. As development progressed went on, Kevin Systrom and his team stripped out feature after feature to arrive at the simple (but effective) photo sharing app that subsequently sold to Facebook for … Continue reading Visual Storytelling Made Simple: Storehouse for iPad

Sense of Place – part one

Having worked on the Living Communities project in Perth I was keen to carve out a deeper 'educational-digital-projects-that-are-not-dull' kind of niche for myself. Working in Perth  Museum and Art Gallery was a great experience. I love museums. And engaging kids with content and spaces, that are both often perceived as 'dull', is a thrill. So, 18 … Continue reading Sense of Place – part one

Why I am not a Service Designer

At the best of times it can be a challenge explaining to people what you do. But when they already have a perception of what you do..?! I've been a designer for a long time. A Graphic Designer. To many I will probably be a Graphic Designer until the day... well, you get the idea. … Continue reading Why I am not a Service Designer

Creativity requires courage

Ever have a great idea and someone pips you to the post? I once pitched an idea to a web developer friend which got us both quite excited for a while. Soon after it became clear that the people we thought would benefit from this idea just weren't ready for it! Three years later I … Continue reading Creativity requires courage

Note to self…

Guest post today! It's me... but me two years ago..! Do you or your kids play video/computer games? I wrote this during my Masters year (on 'Mysteryboxes', my Masters blog) when I was looking into video games and what we can learn from them about learning and engagement. At the same time I was a … Continue reading Note to self…

Mock the Taskbar

A new infographic inspired by a variety of slow PCs I've had to use over the last few years. This is not scientific research! It's an easy hit and a bad pun (partly borrowed from Adam and Joe)... so, Windows users, please do not take it personally ;) #ThatIsAll

Share and share alike…

First rule of social media..?!   I'm thinking that this might make a good Tshirt design along the lines of the mock-up below... any comments or interest? Have your say...

The the impotence of proof reading

I don't know about any of you Graphic Designers out there but the greatest challenge I ever face with a print job is getting the client to take responsibility for the proof reading - not that they don't want to do it, just that they don't know how! The number of times they've glanced across … Continue reading The the impotence of proof reading

iPad – therefore iLearn

Over the past 18 months I have had many opportunities to use the iPad as a learning tool and information on Playful Communications: learning and training services can be found here. As a combination of camera, audio recorder, note-pad and presentation tool I initially thought it would be useful to me but more and more … Continue reading iPad – therefore iLearn

Perth Posters

I completed some work several weeks ago for Perth and Kinross Council. Pamie at Sharp Edge asked me to pick up on some work from some workshops she had been running for PKC focussing on portraits ahead of the Mapplethorpe exhibition. Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits of still … Continue reading Perth Posters