A potted autobiography
Parping wheezily on one's own trumpet
Hello. I'm a designer. I also do plenty of writing and speaking. I'm based in Nottingham, England, but my work often takes me to all sorts of other fine places.
I'm a partner at Fictive Kin, collaborating on ambitious web projects and tinkering with bold new stuff. Sometimes I contribute to web design publications, and I speak about the design process at conferences. I also organise the annual New Adventures events.
Back in 2006 I co-founded Erskine Design, .net magazine's Agency Of The Year runner-up 2009. Shortly after, I moved on in search of fresh challenges.
Prior to designing websites, I went to art school and later worked as a visual artist in London and Iceland. Subsequently, I founded an independent arts organisation and festival. I learned my trade as an employed designer/developer from 2002 to 2006 working on numerous significant web projects.
This website was born in 2003, and this design is version four, or thereabouts. You can read more about this design if you wish.
I'm married to the wonderful designer and illustrator Geri Coady, and we're both owned by a silly cat called Bearface.
Selected Books * denotes co-author
Presentations, workshops, events
- Nothing — I'm having a well-earned break!
- 2015: SmashingConf, Freiburg, Germany
- 2015: Dsgnday, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2015: Beyond Tellerrand, Düsseldorf, Germany
- 2015: ConfConf, Birmingham, UK
- 2014: Awwwards Conference, Paris, France (slides)
- 2013: Go Beyond Pixels, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
- 2013: MK Geek Night, UK (audio)
- 2013: New Adventures in Web Design, Nottingham, UK
- 2012: Ready to Inspire, Leiden, Netherlands (slides / video)
- 2012: Creative Mornings Benefit, New York, USA (slides / video)
- 2012: AIGA Design Camp, Nisswa, Minnesota, USA (slides)
- 2012: Refresh LX, Lisbon, Portugal (slides)
- 2012: Reasons To Be Creative, Brighton, UK
- 2012: Refresh Edinburgh, Scotland (slides)
- 2012: Interlink, Vancouver, Canada
- 2012: ESAD web talks, Porto, Portugal (video)
- 2012: Webshaped, Helsinki, Finland (video)
- 2012: An Event Apart, Seattle, USA
- 2012: Ímark, Reykjavík, Iceland (slides)
- 2012: New Adventures in Web Design, Nottingham
- 2011: Beyond Tellerrand, Düsseldorf, Germany (video / slides)
- 2011: Build, Belfast, Northern Ireland (slides / video)
- 2011: Frontend, Oslo, Norway (video / slides)
- 2011: Edge of the Web, Perth, Australia (slides)
- 2011: Insites Tour, Manchester
- 2011: Interlink, Vancouver, Canada (slides)
- 2011: 10th Icelandic Web Awards, Reykjavik, Iceland
- 2011: New Adventures in Web Design, Nottingham
- 2010: HD Live, Hull (video / slides)
- 2010: Brooklyn Beta, New York, USA
- 2010: Sneak Preview, Genk, Belgium (slides)
- 2010: dConstruct, Brighton
- 2010: Business of Web Design (slides)
- 2010: EECI2010 Conference, San Francisco, USA (video / slides)
- 2010: Future Of Web Design, London (slides)
- 2010: DIBI (Design It, Build It), Gateshead (video / slides)
- 2010: Speak The Web, Liverpool (slides)
- 2009: EECI2009 Conference, Netherlands (video / slides)
- 2009: Future of Web Design tour, Leeds (slides / slides)
- 2009: @Media, London (slides)
- 2009: Future Of Web Apps Tour, Leeds (slides)
- 2007: @Media, London (slides)