After years of dilly-dallying, I have finally bought myself a new record player. But I’m still not convinced vinyl provides the superior sound quality.
The new owners of Formula 1 have controversially replaced the sport’s iconic logo. The relaunch feels confused, for a pile of reasons.
We often think of commuting as wasteful and inconvenient. But is it entirely negative?
This year I took part in Pedal for Scotland, an annual charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I had never cycled anything like that distance before.
Architects had to face up to the problems that eventually emerged with bold modernist designs. Now Facebook and Twitter need to wake up to the fact that their platforms are damaging society.
On Saturday 4 November, we had been together for 2 million minutes. So I whisked Alex off for a mystery trip to the north east of Scotland.
How do you make something better? Human instinct often tells us we should add something to improve it. But this evidence shows we should stop adding complexity.
This was meant to be Ferrari’s best chance to win the championship in a decade. But when their challenge went south in the east, events pointed to a nasty culture developing in the team.
It’s something we want to believe. But if work was meant to help you follow your passion, you wouldn’t have to be paid for it.
Murray Walker’s reaction is priceless!
Stewarding in F1 has improved markedly in the past year, with the FIA having vowed to take a more lenient line on minor indiscretions. That makes this week’s controversy surrounding Max Verstappen’s penalty at the US Grand Prix feel like a blast from the past.
I took the opportunity to see Radiohead when they played at Glasgow Green this summer as part of the Trnsmt festival. Even though they have been one of my favourite bands for over 15 years, I had never actually gone to see them before.
We are told that political parties must seek government. But current events show this isn’t the case.
Red Bull have been unprepared for Carlos Sainz’s departure, even though it has been telegraphed for months. For all the hype, Red Bull’s driver programme is remarkably thin on F1 talent.
Native apps, social media networks and big content silos are slick. But the whole idea about the web — the reason it has been so successful — is that it is open and democratic.
Last month, Alex and I were one of 50,000 people to take part in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing.
Richard Thaler has won the Nobel economics prize for his work in behavioural economics. Knowing about this area is essential if you are a designer, to help you gain an understanding of what makes people tick.
When a former Google engineer’s ill-informed anti-diversity essay became news during the summer, it shone a light on problems with the the tech industry’s makeup. The diversity issue is the tip of the iceberg. A host of cultural problems face the tech scene.
I think of Sepang as the first modern Formula 1 circuit. It heralded a new direction for the sport. Malaysia’s decision shows that the bubble might be bursting.
The more we come to understand about the big social media networks’ impact on society, the less appealing it becomes. It’s time we stopped letting them control our digital lives. This is why I will start blogging again.
The Indy 500 was a thrilling spectacle. But its history holds a cautionary tale for Formula 1, which faces a crossroads.
We’d both had a few jars, but we weren’t imagining this. There was definitely a bird bounding around the bay window.
After almost two years at SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), I have decided to move on. The opportunity to work with the University of Edinburgh Website Programme was too good to ignore.
Autonomous vehicles — driverless cars — are coming. There will be bumps in the road along the way. But they are essential to fix our cities.
There were always so many questions you could ask about Damon Hill. His autobiography provides insight into some of those mysteries. But it deepens others.
This month’s digital design digest features a couple of articles about getting the most out of job stories. Plus, promising news from the world of CSS, how the Guardian is increasing its subscriber numbers, and where government goes wrong with digital transformation.
I was sad to hear this afternoon about the death of Steve Hewlett. His regular interviews with Eddie Mair about his cancer journey made for incredible radio.
Because when you react the way you do, you are giving them exactly what they want.
Why people are losing trust in the media and advertisers, why ugly websites succeed, and why it’s time to ditch PDFs.
I probably wasn’t the target audience for this book introducing UX design concepts. But there are some good reasons for me to keep this on my bookshelf.
A lot of bad stuff has gone down in the world in 2016. But we still go about our daily lives, which can make the larger global changes seem merely like the cherry on top. Here are some reflections on my 2016.
I put off making my website more secure because I dreaded it would be difficult. In the end it was a ten minute job.
In ten years, Twitter has transformed from a geek enclave to a mainstream form of communication. But I find it difficult to imagine signing up to Twitter today.
Our perspective on how a digital product should be managed is strongly influenced by our background and our role. That certainly helps explain some of the difficult conversations I have had over the years.
In an era where TV viewership is declining as a whole, TV-centric sports like football, NFL and F1 are at risk of becoming irrelevant.
The odd thing about John O’Groats is that you would imagine it being like the edge of the world the way people talk about it. But once you get there, it doesn’t feel like the edge of anything.
We covered the whole northern coast of Scotland in one day.
Like the mid-century modernists, today’s digital designers are creating the future. Some digital designers are making the same fundamental mistakes.
Accessibility Scotland was a high quality event with a diverse range of speakers. Find out what I took away from the event.
On a glorious day we saw a beautiful lighthouse, walked to a natural wonder and stayed at a campsite with the most incredible view.
The web is facing many challenges from new technologies, threatening the open culture that made it such a success. We need to fight for its survival.
The next stage of our journey took us to the North West Highlands Geopark, where the landscape was at its most dramatic.
This day’s drive was a long one. In total, we spent over four and a half hours driving. But we just had time to stop off at a legendary beach before heading to the wonderful Badrallach campsite.
Microsoft recently announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. But do any of LinkedIn’s users actually derive value from it?
We continued our North Coast 500 by heading west. But we were a little disappointed by one of the area’s main attractions.
Part 1 of a series of posts about the North Coast 500, a road trip that takes you on a circular route around the north coast of the Highlands of Scotland.
The free versus paywall debate was a red herring. What matters is the quality of the product.
This is how Apple’s latest emoji design could cause some serious misunderstandings.
My highlights from the the Institutional Web Management Workshop, the valuable annual conference for (mostly) higher education web managers.
How my brother and I caught the bug at the world’s most legendary motor race.