Category: rivetings

  • Books as friends

    I had a great catchup with Dave Gray today, during which we talked a little about a post on bookshelves I’d shared on LinkedIn a few days back, in particular which books sit next to each other. Gamestorming, the book Dave wrote with Sunni Brown and James Macanufo, sits here for me – more towards…

  • Shipping books with tone

    I was catching up with Phil yesterday, notionally about the Community Power Compass, though inevitably it became about many other things too. One of those things was the difference between the book version of The Dawn of Everything and the audiobook. I listened to the audiobook first, then bought the physical copy. Phil just has…

  • Return to UX London

    I am delighted to have been invited back to give one of the keynote talks at UX London this summer – details here – 18th-20th June. I have had a long-term love for Clearleft, the hosts, and invitations from them to speak have been instrumental moments in my career so far. The most pivotal, and…

  • Artefact 234 – Your Letters

    Artefact 234 – Your Letters

    I sent out the latest edition of the Artefacts newsletter earlier this week, 3000+ words on a variety of things. Interestingly, various people got in touch with contributions, thoughts, questions, and more, but all via different platforms. There was no one place to share responses which other people might see and get something from too.…

  • I can’t believe there’s no butter

    I can’t believe there’s no butter

    Well, not no butter. But certainly less than you’d expect. Another example of what producers are having to do in the face of ever-rising input costs. The wrappers are probably long paid for in bulk. The boxes they’re packed into measured for the original dimensions. The size expectations of what a portion of butter looks…

  • Deliberate Data Leaks

    Deliberate Data Leaks

    For the past five years or so, I’ve been taking photos at Gatwick Airport. No, not of planes taking off. Nothing as exciting as that. Photos of the water refill machines. I know. Exciting, right? It’s up there with my growing photo collection of crap hand dryers inspired by Dyson’s increasing terrible forays into the…

  • Making space for the year

    Making space for the year

    I didn’t feel ready to start this year. Instead, I decided it was time to redesign the home office. Our work went longer into December than it would normally, yes, but there was something more to it than that. After twelve months that saw the return of work trips abroad, two weeks teaching in Barcelona,…

  • A bar without walls

    A bar without walls

    Spotted in a barber shop last week. I won’t name names, as I’m not entirely sure how legal it would be… During last summer, they opened up within strict COVID guidelines, as did the pub nearby. As with most pubs, the pub implemented a technology-powered table service system – just order where you are, and…

  • Cosmic Ordering on the High Street

    Cosmic Ordering on the High Street

    From a London wander last week. Rather than letting shops look empty and dormant, a few management companies have put ups signs like these. They promise a great and wondrous experience within, from a yet-unknown mystery occupant. “Just imagine, in the future, this is what will be here…”

  • The Entropy of Insights

    The Entropy of Insights

    I was flipping through my Readwise highlights the other day, and came across this gem again. It’s the neatest wee description of entropy; moving “from rare configurations to common ones”. It started me thinking about a variety of projects from the last year, where I’ve been working with teams who benefit from taking a longer,…

  • Watch Me Think (in real time)

    Watch Me Think (in real time)

    This feels strange… I’m doing a talk, live, in person, to people. I vaguely remember people – legs, arms, faces, right? Wave their arms around when talking. Those folks. It’s at Watch Me Think in London, on 13th October. There are a host of brilliant speakers I’m really looking forward to hearing. And it seems…

  • 10 Years Later: A Decade Of Smithery

    10 Years Later: A Decade Of Smithery

    Helen and I were standing in the kitchen this morning, talking about how today marked the official tenth birthday of Smithery, when we officially opened the doors to take on client work. “Ten years since you decided just to leave your job with an infant son to support” remarked Helen, in jest. I least, I…