Can we all please stop using Medium now?

Published: May 16, 2019

Medium is cancer. A trojan horse. It’s Facebook. But for blogging. A walled garden behind which all your favourite content lives, and yet you are forced to login via their shitty UI, or worse still pay for access. When did reading stuff on the web become pay to play? I’ll tell you when. When we …

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An approach to better quality performant frontend code

Published: May 10, 2018

If you are building a website of any decent size and with high traffic, there are a lot of things to consider when writing high quality frontend code for high traffic sites at scale.

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In response. Rebuilding the open web.

Published: April 25, 2018

What if, instead of having a central website that people go to meet each other we could meet each other on each of the websites that we already currently visit?

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Here lies the newsfeed victim of it’s own success.

Published: December 21, 2017

2017 was the year the newsfeed died. Despite Facebook desperately attempting to resuscitate it in other forms people no longer trust either the algorithmic content or the broader recommendations of others within larger social networks.

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Its time to stop building addictive experiences.

Published: November 26, 2017

The proliferation of ‘retention’, ‘engagement’ and ‘time spent in product’ as valid business metrics are not in any way helping us to provide better experiences. Tying ourselves to these Pavlovian metrics is sailing digital products in the wrong direction and its obvious that what is best at capturing our attention isn’t best for our well-being.

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Will voice bots soon be powering business?

Published: December 10, 2016

Some of the most interesting tech startups popping up a the moment, are for me, anything to do with chat bots.

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You interface isn’t 50 shades of gray. Start thinking how you press your users’ buttons.

Published: February 14, 2016

In designing beautiful interfaces, the language you use is as important as how it looks aesthetically. Plenty has been written on how important it is to make users feel comfortable using your product, yet small text details and what can seem like minor interface interactions all too often get overlooked.

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Machine learning – the Ecommerce tool of the future.

Published: November 28, 2015

One super interesting company that are only going to get more and more relevant in the world we live in today is Sentient Technologies. As well as being one of the most funded company in A.I. and being the brains behind some of the technology in Siri, these guys are building out a huge machine learning platform that …

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Awards are bullshit

Published: October 30, 2015

If this post comes across as jealousy. Honestly, nothing could be further from the truth. In the digital space there’s no shortage of them. Name a field of specialism, and you can bet there will be an award for it. Blog awards, SEO awards, design awards, startup awards. They are all bullshit. If you are doing great …

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Using leaky bucket theory for software development

Published: October 18, 2015

At the start of any new software product that doesn’t have a customer base, the balance between product and marketing is a tricky one. Particularly if you are developing a product yourself. If you don’t focus on acquiring new customers you’ll not learn about the problems within your product and what features matter. If you …

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