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Five things

Five Things

Paul McNally asked me to submit to his Five Things project — a collection of favourites from people of all ages, locations, and occupations.

It Is Always Now

On top of Kilimanjaro

Part of us always knows that we’re just a doctor’s visit away or a phone call away from being starkly reminded with the fact of our own mortality.

Ask me anything #2

Clandeboye Estate

The second part in the Q&A series.

Things I’m sent

KOH lamp

A lot of what’s sent isn’t worth sharing, but other things are…

Ask me anything #1

ADB logo sketches

If I misunderstood any of your questions, feel free to pull me up in the comments.

Is it still important to sketch as a designer?

ADB logo sketches

I enjoy drawing, and I do better work when it’s enjoyable. So there’s that, too.

The computer’s a dangerous instrument…

Milton Glaser, to inform and to delight

…because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible.



Written by Linds Redding a few months before he died last year aged 52.

One breath at a time

Sun Hongsheng

People I’ll never meet can do a lot to keep me motivated.

The dream of life

Himalayas reflected in lake

Everybody is fundamentally, the ultimate reality.

Trouble at home

Northern Ireland flag

Some political commentators have suggested the creation of a new flag for Northern Ireland.

Falling out of 2012

David Airey skydive

Not quite Felix Baumgartner, but definitely one of my 2012 highlights.

Choose a free chapter

Work for Money, Design for Love

If you leave a comment with your chapter choice I’ll create a free PDF for the most popular.

What if money was no object?

Castle in the sky

A thought-provoking short video narrated by philosopher Alan Watts (1915-1973).

Massoud Hassani, mine sweeper

Mine Kafon

Massoud Hassani. Designer. Life saver.

Available for pre-order

Plugging in light bulb

Work for Money, Design for Love is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

Designer headaches

Frederick Meijer Gardens sculpture

Although I’ve yet to find my own cure, there are some common sense things that help.

Email marketing gone wrong


Email marketing 101: Don’t spam.

The King of Legoland

Another World video game

Two minutes rammed full of childhood memories.


David Airey workspace

I recently had a chat with Cerentha Harris, editor of Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.

We all need to start somewhere

number six

I was taking a few photos of cards for my portfolio when I came across my very first business card.

“The Coca-Cola Conspiracy” and ethical design

Coca-Cola logo

Where’s the line between a focus on your career and the impact of your work on society at large?

Let respect follow your actions, not a wish for respect


Here are ten basic character traits that I remind myself of now and again, believing that if they can be adopted, the path I create will be much smoother than most.

Boycotting GoDaddy

elephant close up

I don’t want to give my money to a man who glorifies elephant-hunting.

Painted Picture 2014

painted canvas

This is my Painted Picture. It’s the shape of my business in March 2014 when I turn 35. The idea is that by putting it into words, my Picture has a stronger chance of becoming reality.

New York

Guggenheim New York

I’m just back from a break in New York.

From logos to identity

graffiti heart

I’ve been thinking about it for a while — selling my second blog Logo Design Love.

PrintJobMgr causes MacBook CPU to overheat

internal computer fan

I’ve had my MacBook Pro overheating (almost too hot to touch on the bottom surface), and the whirring of the internal fans was a distraction. I worried the heat would damage the components.

Just married…

wedding ring on finger

What a day.

Newspaper sales on the up

newspaper bundle

Newspaper sales recently took a turn for the better.