How to kickstart a community from scratch (v.1.1)

Why do you need a community? Your community is as important as your offer. You can have the best product or service,but it’s doomed to fail if nobody supports it. An engaged community will help drive your startup forward; they will market it, invest in it, work for it, and they will help you define […]

And Start Here

Seven months into the pandemic and I’ve finally launched something I hope will help the thousands of people suddenly starting something new. Having begun life as Prop-up Store, a pop-up consultancy to help my local businesses survive the UK’s first lockdown, And Start Here will be a mix of courses and consultancy for founders who […]

#The50 things every creative should know (part 1)

Many years ago I thought I knew everything. To absolutely no one’s surprise it turns out I didn’t, but that didn’t stop me snorting a big fat line of Paul Arden and writing a list of 50 tips for students entering the creative industry. #The50 was the most popular post I ever published. By squeezing […]

Lessons from a 15 year old business card

I’ve designed many things over the years, but nothing’s made an impact quite like my growing business card. Conceived when I was a student, the card was designed to sprout alfalfa when exposed to water and sunlight. The big idea was for potential employers to keep my business card on their desk and not in […]

A perfect design?

Many years ago I attended a fantastic lecture on information design delivered by the author and journalist Mark Ovenden. Organised to promote his book Transit Maps of the World, Ovenden presented a deep-dive into transit maps’ common infographic ancestor, Henry (also known as Harry) Beck’s 1933 map of the London Underground.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given

If I told you that by the end of this article you’d be a better designer would you believe me? It’s a bold statement, but I want to share with you something that totally changed my approach to design. Recently I was asked to deliver a talk on the best piece of advice I’ve ever […]