heated shrug for the modern office #crazyideas

Ever find yourself freezing in the office? I do. Aircon is brutal. These days, I am sat right in the firing range of not one, but two aircon units, both aimed at my right arm. The one behind me is lethal: when it goes polar, I shiver, wrap myself in my scarf, put my coat […] continue reading »

Forget the jetpack. Where is my idea-to-blog app?

Forget the jetpack. Where is my idea-to-blog app? Seriously. What does it take to note, write, edit, and publish in one place? And why is it so hard to write away from a computer? I don’t have the time to write anymore. And I think that tech is partially responsible for this, as I am […] continue reading »

Venezia: my place out of time

I did not read. I took photos instead. A lot of photos. Last month, I went to Venice (for the third time). I went with The Man, who finally said that Venice “exceeded [his] expectations”. This isn’t something I’ll hear often, especially not about holidays. San Marco The most famous thing about Venice is St […] continue reading »

I promise not to read…

I read a lot. I am always reading. Street signs, menus, books on the tube, magazines with my coffee, newspaper headlines as i pass a newsstand. I am a reader.Β  My favourite escape and one of my favourite pastimes in life is to expose my brain to new experiences, information, emotions and ideas, using books. […] continue reading »

#sketchbookMondays – sketchnotes from behavioural boozenomics

There is a behavioural economics meetup in London that has been running for two years now. Last week, i went to their two year anniversary event. They had a lecture / interview with George Loewenstein and Rory Sutherland. More details on Nathalie’s RSA blog. I don’t know Nathalie. But I do think I met her […] continue reading »

Dinah Casson #talkingInteriors lecture at RCA – Notes #madewithpaper

Last night, I went to a lecture by Dinah Casson, of Casson-Mann, given at the RCA in Kensington. The gist of it was “think about the users”, and “they come to relax, learn, be surprised, laugh, cry, and leave as changed people”. Casson Mann design museums and exhibitions. If you made it to the AMAZING […] continue reading »

Sketchbook Monday! Indestructible travel card holders, free to test!

Ok. So maybe not “indestructible”. But if you use one of my travel card holders and it falls apart (you know, how the plastic ones do?) within a year of purchase, i’ll make you an identical new one for free! Yes, this applies to sit-on-it-daily young men too. No guarantees on the cards contained though! […] continue reading »

sketchbook Monday: dress pattern making

I want to make a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding this weekend. Yes. This weekend. In 5 days. I’m not sure I’ll manage, but my sketchbook looks more optimistic. I have the fabric, the zip, the matching thread and the dress idea. Alas, mother says the (terrible anyway) sewing machine we have here […] continue reading »

sketchbook Mondays – laptop work bag

A sketch for a handbag inspired by Longchamp’s simple pliage “H” base pattern. Carries laptop in the centre, notebook, kindle, ipad in the “back”, and cables and other tidbits in the front. Handles would be wide for comfort. Longchamp’s laptop bags, to my surprise, value aesthetics over usability and persist in having stringy painful straps. […] continue reading »

Floorplan furniture puzzle

Five years ago, I moved into a small one bedroom flat. And even before moving in, I took measurements, created a floorplan, and tried to arrange the furniture, see how I could make it fit. The amusing thing is I conjured up 19 ways of placing them, starting with 0, the layout they were in […] continue reading »

Flat-hunting: i own too much stuff

Months ago, I saw this excellent photo project “Millenials and everything they own“. It consists of a series of photos of people, next to all their stuff. Like this. So when I started to look for flats, after seeing the first place, my first reaction was to try and figure out what I would need […] continue reading »

Theatre Director website – sketches

A friend of a friend needs a website. She’s an award-winning theatre director and professor in the USA, so her website needs to convey her experience and vision. I asked her why she does what she does, why she has chosen to direct, and she said that she loves telling stories, showing relationships about people, […] continue reading »

Here are the insides of my notebook. How do you work?

My friend Peter Warwick-Mahoney, web developer extraordinaire (and a fairly awesome human, too) just tweeted about how a lot of his work starts on the back of an envelope, challenging the twittersphere to reply “how do _you_ work?”. I love learning about how people get things done, and quite fancied writing a reply longer than […] continue reading »