Designers like to fret about the differing keypad layouts on calculators and phones. But economics tells us it may not be such a problem after all.
A couple of separate stories about Google today remind us that simpler is often better.
There is an interesting debate in the design community right now about the hamburger menu. Given two extremes of opinion, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
A fascinating and honest snapshot of Kirkcaldy — good and bad — from 40 years ago.
It has not been an exciting season. But there were a few things that caught my attention — and some mysteries surrounding certain drivers.
After weeks of rumours, it was today announced that the BBC will be exiting its F1 contract three years early. The move is a blow to fans of the sport, who have benefited from a golden era of coverage. But if anyone can breathe new life into F1 it is Channel 4.
I have been fairly quiet on this blog recently, mostly because things have been pretty busy in real life. The biggest piece of news is that I have now moved to Edinburgh, and moved in with Alex.
Waterstones say their sales of Kindles are pitiful. But why did they ever expect to sell lots of them in the first place?
Five weeks on from my cycling accident, I am delighted to be back on my bike.
The web is a less creative place than it was 20 years ago. Good.
Last weekend I packed a spare pair of pants for a “passenger drift experience” at Driftland UK.
Now that I am living and working in Edinburgh, I have decided to take up cycling. Unfortunately, I have already managed to injure myself on my bike.
It is difficult to know for sure what Jules Bianchi would have achieved in Formula 1. We can, however, reflect on what he had already achieved.
Our trip to Tiree was my first visit to a Hebridean island. The beautiful and quiet island reluctantly revealed its secrets over the course of the week.
We have lost one of our greatest liberal voices just when we need one the most.
Today I have started a new job. After over five years, I have left the University of St Andrews. I am now the web manager at SRUC in Edinburgh.
Jupiter Artland, which reopens for the summer this weekend, is arguably one of the area’s greatest cultural assets.
I wish the SNP every success in their attempt to work with Conservatives to block the UK government’s snoopers’ charter. But their actions as the Scottish government show that the SNP’s commitment to civil liberties only lasts while it can be used as a stick to beat “Westminster”.
I considered tactically voting for another party. We may have wanted to give the Liberal Democrats a bloody nose. But liberalism is more important than ever. Here is why I’m preparing for the fightback.
I think the Conservative-led coalition government has done a reasonable job, and I considered voting for them — but not for long. The Conservatives are advocating the most dangerous policy of any major party.
Labour’s Scottish slump is entirely self-inflicted. And that is just part of the reason why I won’t be voting for them.
From a Scottish perspective, the story of the election is undoubtedly the rise of the SNP. But I wish to resist it — and not just because of their pursuit of independence.
This is the most difficult voting decision I have ever had to make. Whoever I vote for, I will be compromising on one principle or the other.
The new Formula1.com has brought great new live timing functionality. But the user experience could be improved. Find out how you can improve it yourself in time for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Formula 1 season starts this weekend. And whether you choose to watch the race on Sky or the BBC, there is one thing we can all agree on: thank goodness we don’t have to watch it on ITV any more.
I was surprised by the ways the Moto 360 disappointed me. But I am still glad I bought this smartwatch. Will others be so forgiving?
20 years on, the work of Chris Morris still feels far more relevant and valuable than any satire of today.
Digital transformation results in the eventual destruction of digital teams. So what will that mean for those of us who work in digital?
Highlights from the most unique city I have ever visited.
Gov.uk is the darling of the digital profession. But now it has been described as the most hated website of all time. So what’s going on?
It’s a puzzle that has haunted writers, artists and other creatives since the caveman first applied ink to a wall. Blockbox is one brilliant way to tackle difficult creative problems.
Alex and I took a trip to Italy for new year. Among our highlights from Rome were a visit to the Vatican City and new year’s eve at the Colosseum.
There is a global dimension to the rise of nationalism. But Labour’s problems are closer to home.
The leaders’ debate format is a bad fit for the UK’s multi-party parliamentary system and risks undermining the integrity of the whole election debate.
Just when it seemed as though podcasts would never break into the mainstream, 2014 seems to be the year they made it. Here are some of the podcasts that are currently floating my boat.
For years the debate has raged on. Which image file format is better: PNG or SVG? The Commonwealth Games gave us the chance to find out.
Before this year I thought Lewis Hamilton may never win a second championship. But having triumphed in an intense season, he deserves the double.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
Inbox is Google’s latest attempt to rethink email. But why make the world’s most popular communication platform more complicated?
Every year, at around this time of year, I get an urge to scratch that itch. I have to redesign my website. This year the visuals are jazzier. But the code behind the scenes is making me cringe.
Intrigue surrounds the future plans of Fernando Alonso. He says in retrospect his decision will be seen as “obvious”. Is the obvious choice to remain with Ferrari — in a three car team?
I can only express my shock and sadness about the accident during yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix. I have little insight to offer. I am not a motorsport safety expert, nor a medic. But like any motorsport fan I have an opinion and I do have some concerns.
There have been two weeks to reflect on the Scottish independence referendum. Amid talk about the personalities, demographic factors and conspiracy theories, there is a simpler explanation as to why Scotland voted no.
There is mounting evidence that the yes movement is deeply anti-democratic.
With an implied probability of 30% that Scotland will become independent, it is already costing us too much.
The yes campaign’s ability to sell a hopeful future is its success, but it is also its luxury. History teaches us to beware.
Scotland is facing a big decision, and it has to get it right. This is not like a normal election. We cannot just give independence a shot and see how it goes. We would be stuck with it forever.
In 2009 I was asked to write one of a series of blog posts for the now defunct blog Scottish Unionist. The piece was a vague exploration of a federal model for the UK, but also touched on questions surrounding what independence means in a post-globalisation world.
Stories and photographs from my holiday to Wales last month.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula 1 coverage may lack the pictures, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.