I went along to the first in a series of three talks titled ‘Visualising Design Ideas‘ at The Royal College of Surgeons. The discussion was about how architects and designers approach their work and what these different disciplines might tell us about architectural and design practice in the past and how it has evolved today. With a focus on work by Piranesi, who was an Italian artist from the 1700’s famous for his etchings featuring Rome and eerie looking prison grounds. Speakers were : Michele de Lucchi, Ross Lovegrove and Adam Lowe (director of Factum arte). The lectures coincide with the current exhibition at the Sir John Soane Museum – Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess which runs until the 31st of May You can find in-depth information about Piranesi on Artsy’s website Lectures » Visualising Design Ideas: 10 March 2014, 6–8pm » Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves: […]
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I’m currently working on the redesign of our startup for technology professionals, Savvy. We made the decision to use the Bootstrap framework and I wanted to easily view the responsive grid changes across devices without opening them up or resizing every time, so I put together a handy little pdf. It was helpful for me, maybe it’ll help you too. Please feel free to download the pdf here.
Apparently @PunchdrunkUK have a ‘smell technician’ that goes around the set of Drowned Man before it’s open to the public spraying Channel No5 & putting out fag butts in the appropriate rooms for added effect. Hector Harkness speaking from Mother London HQ for #nicerTuesdays (@itsnicethat)
We put together a little mission statement to remind ourselves what we’re all about and to help navigate the decisions we make as we continue to build Savvy. Read it below. We believe… That in this age, outdated, industrialist, ideas of human resource is no longer effective. That job security has become an oxymoron. That all of us now have a choice; to choose what skills we learn and who we work for, enabling us to combine our work and our passion, producing results that are highly creative. We want each developer to be more than just their CV. We want each organisation to be more than just their logo. We want to help exciting employers and passionate developers find each other… It’s time for an update. How We want to work with innovative and forward thinking organisations who understand that developer search is more than posting jobs […]
“Do the words need changing?” I finally got a set of Oblique Strategy cards! I have wanted these since I heard about them years ago, and recently purchased a deck. If you haven’t heard about them, “Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas”. Each card offers a decisive action intended to help artists break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.
The following passage from the book I’m currently reading is interesting to me. Strange timing after a surf on the web earlier today led me to Maslow’s pyramid of needs. “Evolution is a kaleidoscope, not a pyramid: the shapes and variety of species are constantly shifting, but there is no basis for assigning supremacy, no pinnacle toward which the system is moving. Five hundred million years ago, every species was either adapted to that world or changing to become so. The same is true today. We are free to label ourselves the end product of evolution not because it is so, but because we exist now. Expunge this temperocentrist bias, and the neocortical brain is not the most advanced of the three, but simply the most recent.” A General Theory of Love (Vintage)
Today @farez and I had a fantastic OnSavvy session. We are finally at a stage of tying together all our research and learnings into the core offering, and expressing this through wireframing and a prototype. We spent the day sketching up flows and user journeys. It felt so good! Like some kind of purge of a build up of thoughts and ideas. We were totally on the same level about what we are where we’re heading. This is the case the majority of the time, but I still appreciate how lucky we are in that way. It was really obvious to me that our research and investigation work was well worth it. It gave us the confidence needed to make decisions about key features and which paths to take or leave behind. We were able to piece together elements that were previously very fragmented in our minds. The vision shone […]
We are in the process of a complete overhaul of our startup, Drupal on Savvy. At first, this was a pretty daunting concept after two years of working towards our existing product. We always knew it would evolve and change, but we’ve decided it will be easier to wipe the slate and start again. It brings up something I’ve come to realise in the last couple of years – an awareness of how temporary our work in this industry is. It can be frustrating to come from a place of knowing something you have spent countless hours on may be thrown out in the very near future. I’m sure I’m not alone – it’s natural to want your work to last and be worthwhile – to add up to something meaningful and complete. I recognise though that this process is important, essential even to make the next steps we are […]
I’m captivated by a book I’m reading called ‘The Seige’ by Helen Dunmore. The subject of this story is the siege of Leningrad during the second world war. Dunmore writes so descriptively that it feels like a firsthand account. She manages to make a very bleak world colourful. I’ll transcribe a short passage from the book which gives some indication of how beautifully and eloquently she writes. Suddenly and sharply, it’s obvious that cities only exist because everyone agrees to let them exist. It’s crazy, when you think of it, for millions of mouths to pack themselves into a couple of hundred square kilometres, without a pig or a potato patch between them. It only works in the way that fiction works, by making people collaborate. All its life, the city has had the power to demand. It asks for milk, and before dawn milk arrives. Field after field furs […]