Category: Thoughts

  • The one that didn’t get away

    Backstory: It was December 2015, and I was on a flight to Montreal. A few weeks earlier, I’d begun chatting to the folks at Shopify, and they wanted to interview me. A day-long experience which didn’t feel like an interview at all. Much more chatting with people I liked. A few days later, I was…

  • The first days

    The first days of any new role are always a bit of a whirlwind. The change in my role within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the last few weeks was one I needed. As I’ve mentioned, the role I started wasn’t the role that it ended up being. There is more to…

  • Change and grow

    5 years ago I wrote ‘It’s time for something new‘. I’d decided to leave traveljunction and join the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) under Ben Holliday’s design leadership. At the end of my interview with Ben Terrett and Ben Holliday, I made my intentions clear. Ben Terrett asked if I had any questions. I…

  • The Rebuild

    Over the years I’ve documented changes in my work and personal life. It helps me explore the way I think about things and motivate me forwards in to whatever is next. This, The Rebuild, is no different and whilst things may look a little different around here this piece of writing isn’t about that. That…

  • Professional progression

    Professional progression

    I recently gave a talk at Camp Digital on professional progression. I took the attendees through multiple aspects of what they should be doing in their careers in order to progress. A section of the talk is dedicated to my own working theory about time, skill levels and focus. This theory depends on a few…

  • Time

    Time. Thinking and stressing about it took up a lot of my life. It increased panic and guilt ten-fold. “What if I’m late?” “What if this isn’t finished by X?” “People expect this of me.” “I need to not let people wait.” “You (whoever you was at the time) need to do something as quick…

  • Impostor Syndrome

    Impostor Syndrome

    This article will be one of the most important you’ve read about impostor syndrome and mental health in our industry. It will cover several points; mental health support what we can do to recognise it how it plays into our personal and professional lives how to deal with it how to begin overcome it Current…

  • So you want to get into web design

    This article was originally written in 2010. Facts may have changed. So you’re looking to get into web design? It’s a dog-eat-dog world and below I’ll take you through what the industry is like, what kind of jobs you can do, what skills you need, how you can market yourself, how to communicate with clients…

  • How to ask for feedback that may be hard to hear

    Recently I’ve been giving a talk on impostor syndrome. As part of that, I discuss strengths and shortcomings. An approach to recognising shortcomings should be a good thing. Without recognising your shortcomings we will never truly recognise our strengths. When we are able to see both, the resulting growth is incredible. Failing to provide vital…

  • Geek Mental Health Week Newcastle 2017

    I am organising Newcastle’s first Geek Mental Help Week event. It will take place at the Mining Institute in Newcastle on 3 October 2017 at 6pm. What is Geek Mental Help Week? It is a week-long series of articles, podcasts and events about mental health issues. We’ll hear stories from those who suffer as well…