Staple

/ˈsteɪp(ə)l/
A main or important element of something
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Hawea Logo

Hawea Logo

May 12th 2019
While away I've been having a design competition with myself in my sketch book to come up with a logo for my home valley of Hawea, to be used in a community website and also on a T-Shirt. I've wanted a Hawea T-Shirt for ever. Some scribbling. I like…
An online public commons for small communities

An online public commons for small communities

March 19th 2019
My main beef with Facebook as a community tool is its ability to distract people who have good community intentions with commercial and political messages. A platform that has hosted the system that swayed and arguably resulted in the votes for…
Password Managers - Depth of quality over glamour

Password Managers - Depth of quality over glamour

March 5th 2019
I've been a Lastpass user for over 5 years. It's been a great app and I can't recommend enough the use of a password manager: Allows you to have very strong passwords for everything (that you couldn't possibly remember) and a single password/2FA…
The Cactus Miklat Daypack - 22 years on

The Cactus Miklat Daypack - 22 years on

March 1st 2019
I am lucky that my personal design ethics have persevered at Cactus , a company I started in 1992 as a teenager and still retain a small shareholding in over 25 years later. Our mantra was "Gear that wears in not out" and as time passes it is…
Catching the big fish

Catching the big fish

January 20th 2019
The last 9 months have been a period of exploration for me after my wonderful partner packed herself off to a retreat and came back with insights into how our small family might live better and be happier. This resulted in a bunch of divergent…
Design as part of a system

Design as part of a system

November 22nd 2018
I used to think design was a discreet, segregated process in which one cloistered themselves in a room somewhere with a box of coloured pencils and a computer. The creative explosion 'process' would happen, then the pruning and refinement. I would…
Static versus Dynamic websites

Static versus Dynamic websites

September 26th 2018
In my daily work I have been constructing websites for (really?) over twenty years. It started with static html, went to PHP2, then to content management systems like Joomla, Magento, Prestashop, Wordpress, Concrete5 and frameworks like Cake and…
Staple logo Development

Staple logo Development

August 13th 2018
I love designing logos, especially devices. This page is a just a log of my ideas. Here is the current one - I like the simplicity an contrast, it doesn't work so well small (see above in the navbar of this site): Hopefully make some more iterations…