In praise of: bicycles as a civilising influence

“The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” So wrote Iris Murdoch in The Red and the Green. I couldn’t agree more, although I’ll admit that the evening “rush hour” in Amsterdam can feel anything but civilised, particularly…Continue readingIn praise of: bicycles as a civilising influence

Just drop it off

This is my favourite tool for sending files that are too large for email. Nice simple interface, the option of password protection, and up to 100MB per “drop” free of charge. (Bonus factoid: the .io domain name is from British Indian Ocean Territory, which happens to be where the Chagos Archipelago can be found.…Continue readingJust drop it off

Mapping web trends

Back when I worked in a role more focused on media and technology I used to have a printout of the latest Web Trends map from Information Architects pinned above my desk. The maps attempt to capture the most significant websites and online trends of the moment in the format of a public transport network…Continue readingMapping web trends

The world’s fifty most powerful blogs

This is a fantastic compendium of essential online reading – it dates from a couple of years ago but still seems to be up to date. I had been aware of many of these blogs already, but it’s interesting to get this overview of where they came from, how they’re funded, who writes them, etc……Continue readingThe world’s fifty most powerful blogs

Can’t find the right font? Flipping typical

Making posters, flyers, handouts and the like it’s sometimes hard to decide on which font(s) to use and can be tedious to click through each font available, which is where flipping typical comes in. It shows you a random selection of the fonts on your PC, initially showing how each looks with the words “Flipping…Continue readingCan’t find the right font? Flipping typical


Don’t you just hate it when you forget to attach something you said was attached? In this case the email, from my work account using Outlook, included the words “happy to provide the attached PDF version“. Would it be so hard for Microsoft to include a little tool that detects the words “attachment”, “attached”, etc……Continue readingD’oh!

The myth of the page fold

One of the interesting debates in web design is how people find the information they’re looking for on a page or within a site. There’s a school of thought that says people don’t like to scroll vertically down a page – the problem is this limits the amount of content you can fit on each…Continue readingThe myth of the page fold

Browser-based photo and image editing

Pixlr is a cool little tool for quick edits to images. If you want to quickly crop, resize or touch up an image, it’s really easy to use. Obviously not as powerful as Photoshop, but it’s entirely web-based and free-of-charge. Try it…Continue readingBrowser-based photo and image editing

Oh boy, oh boy

For the day that’s in it…Continue readingOh boy, oh boy

Snake oil or worth it?

Its creators have collated and cleverly displayed the results of large human blind placebo-controlled trials to test the efficacy of things like Folic Acid for certain birth defects (worth it!) or royal jelly for general health benefits (not worth it!). The “Worth It Line” gives a fairly clear cut guide to what supplements are worth taking.Continue readingSnake oil or worth it?