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It seems to me…

Some thoughts from recent Twitter explosions

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The Freelancer Great Filter

Is there more you should be offering your clients?

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Why FreeAgent is the perfect online book-keeping system for freelancers and contractors

A guest post from my accountant about the benefits of Freeagent.

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Getting a Mortgage as a Nascent Contractor

Getting a contractor mortgage isn’t as difficult as the high street banks would have you believe.

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Sean Cocktail and the Crisp Packet Jackets

The Amsterdam stags.

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Interstellar Vinyl

Some pictures of the Interstellar OST vinyl edition and its attention to detail.

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A Big Change

After five years agency side, I’ve decided to make a change. And what an adventure it’s been.

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There’s no pause but I don’t care

A present for myself on my 34th.

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Limiting Discrimination

Discussing ageism and offering some solutions when working in client services.

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A Gamer No More

The title says it all.

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Continuing Kindle’s Browser Development

Encouraging the continued development of the Kindle’s web browser.

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The User Experience Barrier

Discussing those times when User Experience and Design teams don't see eye to eye.

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Responding to the Responsive Web

A short write up from August's Digital Pond event in London.

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Rosetta the Comet Chaser Arrives

Rosetta's approach and arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Happiness and Pride

Fans’ reaction to Dad’s appointment to West Bromwich Albion Football Club as Director of Comms.

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Open Source in the Corporate World

Over the last few years, I've been finding that open source is being adopted by my, larger, more corporate clients.

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Them Post War Years

A tribute to a great band from back home who've recently decided to call it a day.

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Valiant Hearts

How Ubisoft Montpellier Valiant Hearts is helping me answer a conundrum I've had for a long time.

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‘So called User Experience’

User Experience and the Big idea don't need to be enemies. Imagine if they worked together.

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D+25,550

On the 70th Aniversary of D-day, I remember my own trip to Normandy in 2001.

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Atomic Documentation by Sally Jenkinson

Sally has released her book Atomic Documentation.

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Servers: an overview

As exciting as the title suggests.

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UX Brighton, May 2014

How good is GDS and what hell is customer experience?

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It's Friday at The Unit

There's something in the water on a Friday at The Unit.

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April 2014 Pastry Box piece

After a conversation about my Dad’s first experiences of digital, I felt compelled to share it over at The Pastry Box Project. For convenience, the full piece is recreated here.

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Learning from Louis

Louis Theroux could be a masterful user researcher should he desire a career change.

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My first tweet

Remembering how much has changed since I sent my first tweet.

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Batman Arkham Knight

Some thoughts about the Batman Arkham Knight announcement.

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‘You’re pissing in my pond now’

Why allow legacy systems and IT teams to dictate the first interactions with your customers.

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Paul Swain's Brand of Burnout

Burnout can creep up on you, it scary when you realise it's not even happening.

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Lindsey Swain’s time as a Typesetter

Remembering my Mum and her typesetting for the local paper.

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Accessible objects

Making my SVG logo accessible to screen readers.

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My first experience with the Xbox One

I got an Xbox One for Christmas from my wife. My first experiences were a mixed bag.

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I Wear Glasses version 3

My love for crafting language has directly influenced this new design.

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November 2013 Pastry Box piece

My first piece for The Pastry Box Project; it's about empirical research.

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Designers on the Front Lines

If a project has any hope of a successful outcome, you have to set client correctly.

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Dominoes for the blind

Learning from real world examples of accessible design.

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Long Live Page Description Diagrams

I find Page Description Diagrams great for encouraging discussion and collaboration between team members.

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Tell Tale Game's The Walking Dead

Some points about what I consider one of the most atmospheric games of recent times.

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Deathmatch Iconography

Good iconography reduces cognitive load. This is important in gaming and shines in Half-Life 2.

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Providing Quality from the Start

I’ve been helping a friend prepare an RFP for his educational institution’s website. Helping with this has strengthened my belief that agencies should be adding value from first contact.

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Un-subscription vs Subscription

Their importance is equal, a simple un-subscription process will be seen as a benefit.

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Empathy: Knowing When It’s Not Enough

Minecraft Wireframes

The thing about Wireframes is that they're square, and the thing about Minecraft is that it's square...

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Delicious Gestures

Ever discovered something by accident? It can be a lot of fun.

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To the memory of Joyce Swain

Remembering Joyce Swain.

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Terrible Nightmare

Imagining UI interfaces without vendor control.

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Letters from World War 2

'Context is what it's all about...'

Exploring semantics and the web.

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The Swains Website

Information about Swains website I built with open source code.

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The Swains' Content Strategy

A summary of the content strategy used by The Swains to support their ticket sales.

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The IE6 Incident