If you don’t want gurus then don’t call them gurus!

A recent post by Mark Ragan reminded me of a post I've had swirling around in my brain recently. His post is pretty bang on the money - of course he's right that, as a general principle, we shouldn't use jargon. But who's 'we'? Who are 'them'? What are I? Well apparently I'm a guru. … Continue reading If you don’t want gurus then don’t call them gurus!

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The Universal Process™. Or: the Gartner Hype Cycle of Life

Life. Work. Birth. Death. And everything in between. Read on. I wrote some time ago about the process of writing. Unless I'm writing for myself - that is, when I had time for 'recreational writing', or even blogging for that matter - I tend to procrastinate. I sit in front of the monitor surrounded by … Continue reading The Universal Process™. Or: the Gartner Hype Cycle of Life

Good communication and good design do what they’re supposed to

Tech for PR posts a great piece today on how technology just gets in the way. This is something I keep coming back to, that good communication and good design don't get in the way because they help, without hindering. If they're done properly, you don't notice them at all. I spent several years as … Continue reading Good communication and good design do what they’re supposed to

Do people really ‘get’ logos? Do designers ‘get’ the public?

The new London Olympic logo has certainly provoked a strong reaction, not least among epileptics who have been suffering fits - although, it should be pointed out, these are triggered by a short passage in the promo video rather than the logo itself. Still, it's just another aspect of the London logo story people are using … Continue reading Do people really ‘get’ logos? Do designers ‘get’ the public?

Click, double-click, ALT, TAB, ENTER. What makes a good interface?

Despite not working in the field anymore I do keep seeing interface design issues popping up recently. In my copywriting feed - feel free to subscribe to it on the right-hand side of this blog, it takes lots and lots and lots of copywriting feeds and syndicates them out - comes a piece on the … Continue reading Click, double-click, ALT, TAB, ENTER. What makes a good interface?