• Are Facebook’s vanity URLs in vain?

    There’s been quite a buzz over the last few days around Facebook introducing vanity URLs, but is it really what users need? Of course, the word ‘vanity’ denotes that it doesn’t meet a user ‘need’ and is an added bonus,…

  • BarCamp Leeds 2009 report

    BarCamp Leeds 09 was another important example of the vibrant creative scene in the North. I attended on Saturday, and while the idyllic weather probably didn’t do a great deal for attendance figures (despite being a sell-out, there were numerous…

  • Future of Web Apps Tour – Leeds report

    There has been a huge amount of creative activity in Leeds this last week. The LSx09 Leeds Web Festival, curated by local technology/design advocate Imran Ali was underway and I managed to get myself to a couple of events. This…

  • Get some culture

    Dean Vipond has designed the header for the June edition of culture blog The Culture Vulture. Taking the overall theme of ‘ideas and creativity’ which covers much of this month’s content, the header was designed around the notion that ‘everyone…

  • Businesses shouldn’t be Confused (dot com) about usability

    Should good usability be a USP for businesses? There was much talk at the start of the year when Confused.com launched a TV ad campaign (which is still running), which focussed on the usability of their new web site. Seeing…

  • How Super Heroes can make you a better designer

    I’ve been a fan of comics for as long as I can remember, and they have been a huge influence on my visual vocabulary. I’m sure comics have played no small part in my decision to pursue graphic design as…

  • A new way of seeing music?

    Having been letting iTunes’ most recent music visualisers caress my eyeballs and synapses recently, I’ve been thinking about how visual representations of music could be taken forward. Sure, Apple’s latest visualisers are absolutely beautiful – graceful, colourful, and very slick.…

  • Is anything perfect?

    What better way to kick off the DVB&ID blog, than to discuss the notion of ‘perfection’ in design? This is a subject I discussed when I gave a talk at this year’s Ignite UK North event, run by O’Reilly. The…