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A story about Bliss

Blissymbolics are the invention of a man named Charles K. Bliss. Born with the name Karl Blitz in the Ukraine, he arrived in England in 1939 coincidentally along with the Blitz. Many people remarked how unfortunate his surname was convincing him to rename himself ‘Bliss’. This was a much better fit for his personality. He was described by people who knew him as a ‘loveable character’ and from a few audio recordings, you can hear the cheer and joy he emits. He and his wife made a trip to Shanghai, where he was exposed to Chinese writing for the first time. He saw that the symbol for ‘man’, a simple stick figure, actually translated to meaning ‘man’. This had a profound effect on him. He had an established mistrust for language going back to his early childhood and also later in life. He experienced the rise of Hitler and noted […]

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To Freelance or not to Freelance?

A friend of mine has been considering giving up his post in a well respected digital agency and jumping into the unknown waters of freelancing. He’s been entertaining the idea for some time now and has asked me for advice. My initial reaction was without hesitation. ‘Yes, do it. You won’t look back!’ Thinking on this caused me to do some reflecting myself. My transformative leap was not one I bravely made after much deliberation but rather it ‘happened’ to me. About 7 or 8 years ago, was working in a digital agency in West Hampstead (who shall remain nameless). They had a terrible habit of making a member of staff redundant about once a month. This went on for some time and working there became reminiscent of an episode of ‘Americas Next Top Model’. Not because the staff were particularly good looking or spoke in American accents, but that […]

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The London Film School Website Redesign

As the second day of the Cannes Film Festival drew to a close, the lights went up on the new London Film School website. Some months ago towards the end of last year, LFS contacted my friend and fellow co-founder Farez to ask if he would submit a proposal for the job. Farez and his connections are Drupal specialists (or shall we say Drupal Savvy, which is our project together, more on that later), and this was the CMS they were considering. Farez asked if I would come onboard as designer, and I eagerly accepted. The subject matter interested me greatly. I thought of it an honour, after all, Duncan Jones (as well as many other heavyweights) had been through their doors! Working on content that engages me is always an important consideration when choosing projects, particularly for the longer stints. We weren’t the cheapest submission, but a combination of obvious enthusiasm and a good track […]

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Call to Drupal Developers!

If you are a Freelance Drupal Developer, I would love to talk to you. We are working on features for our social profiles platform, OnSavvy, and are seeking input from the people it’s designed for. Not more than half an hour is needed. Please get in touch via “” (

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James Bridle : Render of a Drone

I made a visit to Brighton on Saturday and saw James Bridle’s render of a drone. If you want to see for yourself, you have until 26 May. Location: 5 minutes/500 metres walk east from The Brighton Wheel on Marine Parade, towards Yellowave Beach Sports Venue. And then look down to Madeira Drive. Longitude/latitude of the Drone site: 50.818463, -0.12926