13 ways to detox your brain

One of the biggest perks of freelancing is that I get compulsory free time in between projects. One of the biggest downsides of freelancing is that I get compulsory free time in between projects. I used to have my anxiety shoot through the roof at that time… “will I find something else?” “When?” “Who will […] continue reading »

Linear calendar: Plan the rest of the year now!

In August last year, I felt I had no control over my life. Or not enough. So I made a linear calendar to plan the year ahead. I figured if I could plan, then I would be in control. Makes sense, right? Now, in May 2016, I find myself in the same position again. Seeking […] continue reading »

A diagram of the UX Architecture / Design process 

Some months ago, I was working at a lovely software development place that specialises in the hospitality industry. Over there, I was part of a development team that worked on a series of mobile-first web-based task-centred apps. And I was the only person who “did” UX… This is a short-ish story of why I now […] continue reading »

useful illustrations for off-season shoe storage

The seasons are changing and I am swapping out summer things for winter things, starting with the hardest things to wear out-of-season: shoes. Everyone says you should put one pair in one box and stick a photo on it. But those people must have a home printer or a way to take expert photos on white […] continue reading »

“an Agile user story is ready when…” definitions (comic strip version!)

In my most recent job, we are working in Agile. This is something I am unfamiliar with and am having fun learning about. Possibly too much fun. Today, we had people stopping on their way to places just to look at our team’s definitions of “ready”. The chipmunk (I attempted a kitten) asking for comments […] continue reading »

linear calendar for better planning (with post its)

Despite being an Engineer (or perhaps because of it) I am prone to reinventing the wheel. This is a post about how I reinvented the calendar, for the purposes of planning ahead, and doing it better. I am unsatisfied with calendars. Base 7 doesn’t come as naturally as base 10. And cutting things up in […] continue reading »

how I used UX principles to organise my wardrobe

The basis of User Experience is “who is the user” and “what do they need”. I have applied these principles to my wardrobe. Here’s how. primary wardrobe usage: getting dressed for what the day holds I use my wardrobe for getting dressed in the mornings, and for putting clothes away in the evenings (or after […] continue reading »

heuristics of giving and receiving gifts

I love giving gifts. I also love receiving them. Over the years, I have discovered a few basic rules about gifts. Good gifts. Both the giving and receiving. December is upon us, so I am sharing them in case someone finds them helpful. Getting the right thing, seeing the reaction of surprise, delight and happiness. […] continue reading »

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 »

first 4 things I do on a temporary work mac

easy-lock my screen I am not an expert mac user. I am, however, a pretty damn good windows user, having even administered large user networks in the past. So when I step away from a windows machine, I always press (Windows + L), which locks the computer. Try it. It’s excellent. [WARNING] A friend of […] continue reading »

going off-topic in a blog post doesn’t have to be a problem. A (short) evernote story.

Contracting is a busy life choice. Since I started, I have had significantly less time to write on my blog, and it makes me very sad. So whenever I have some quiet time when I am not drained, or when I’ve had an idea, I try to immediately write something that I could turn into […] continue reading »

in praise of mindmaps, for parties, requirements, and xmas

When was the last time you were thinking (and thinking, and thinking) about a project that needed doing, and you had several ideas, things to progress, things to read up on, people to talk to about certain topics, and functions you wanted your system to perform… except… there was no rhyme or reason to how […] continue reading »