Finding the words to describe my mum

Do you know what one of the most popular search terms for my site is? (ie search terms Google sends me traffic for.) It’s ‘describe your mother’. People searching for that term often get sent to this post. And by jove, I know why so many people are typing that search term into Google. I Continue Reading

Why you should make your own rules

I've always had a great love of colour charts. No surprise there really. I've been a graphic designer for nearly 15 years - I work with colour every day and colour is often the thing that will make or break a design. So I've spent hours browsing sites like this one and this one and this Continue Reading

What’s your special talent?

My friend Sonia has a special talent. She has the ability to take a blog post, any blog post, and neatly summarise it in 100 characters or less (convenient for tweeting!) She's done it for my posts so many times I'm thinking of employing her as a headline writer. My favourite Instagram feed Continue Reading

You know what? You’re doing a great job

Yesterday I posted a link to this Penelope Trunk piece on Facebook. It caused a bit of debate on my FB page and prompted my friend Anna to say: “What I'd like to see is an article that says ‘You are doing the best thing you know how to. Good on you.’” And it struck me that she had a Continue Reading

My big problem with the ‘Look Up’ video

I’m assuming you’ve seen this video. Given it’s been viewed 31 million times on YouTube it’s clearly touched a chord with people. You could say it touched a chord with me too. A broken, out of tune chord. My first, most visceral reaction was defensiveness. Sure I’m on my phone a lot. But I Continue Reading

I could have written that Natalie Barr article

So Twitter and Facebook are having a complete meltdown over this article from Sunrise’s Natalie Barr (there you go Daily Telegraph – another few clicks for you). And you know what? Three or four years ago I could have and would have written the exact same piece. Like Nat, I can’t think of a Continue Reading

Is that virus you’re spreading worth spreading?

Apropos of an interesting conversation I had the other day, I want to talk internet memes/viral images. You know – this kind of thing. Funny … sure. Useful? Well … funny makes people laugh and people laughing is a good thing. So I guess they have their place. It's just their utter Continue Reading