On Saturday evening we went to hear my good friend Lauren Currie speak at the University of Dundee. Lauren is one of the people who've inspired me on my journey in the world of design over the last decade, so it's always a delight to see her. When she introduces herself on stage she'll typically … Continue reading Believe in Better
A lot has happened since I last posted back in February! First of all, I raced the Garioch 10k on 25th March. It was a new route compared to when I last raced in 2017, and no longer went past our old house in Inverurie. I do wonder if they've kept the original Johanna Basford … Continue reading Pushing onwards….
Yesterday I published Vlog number 9. That's been 9 weeks, and I've had fun. Inspired by a few of my friends - Gavin Bell, Roger Edwards & Vicky Gunn, I took the plunge, bought myself a Canon Powershot G7x, and got busy. It's also been a great excuse to binge-watch Casey Neistat and other YouTubers. … Continue reading Why do I Vlog?
Well, that's been two weeks away from blogging, and what a busy two weeks it's been! The first week was the Design Sprint at DJCAD, where Louise and I worked with 80 amazing students during an intense, emotional rollercoaster of a week. This was one of the most rewarding weeks of my working life. I've … Continue reading I’m back!
A few months ago I was pondering what it is that I really love doing. I spent a Saturday morning freewriting and mind mapping, and by the end it had become clear - teaching! I'd been talking about the fog I'd had around this with my friend Caroline McKenna earlier that week, so I excitedly … Continue reading I love teaching
Yesterday morning I spoke to 80 design students at DJCAD about communication. We talked about the importance of writing or creating content regularly and how the more often you do it, the easier it gets. We spoke about the need to reflect, to think our own ideas, and not just write about what we did. … Continue reading Be More Human
Yesterday was a good day. I spent it with some great people, and was lucky enough to bump into some good friends along the way. I also got to speak to some amazing people on twitter, who I'd have loved to spend the evening with. You see, life is about people. I don't buy the … Continue reading Feeding off one another
It was the autumn of 2015, when Mackie invited Mike Press, myself and Taylor Stillie for lunch in the D'Arcy Thomson to talk about a new venture he was working on. I still worked at the University at the time, Mike was still Head of Design Policy at DJCAD, and Taylor was the SIE intern. … Continue reading Gallery 48 delivers yet again
Yesterday afternoon I spent a fascinating couple of hours at The Circle talking about how we use the space. DJCAD Interior & Environmental Design student, Jenna Cook, is using The Circle as her final year project. Ten of the tenants got together for a workshop with Jenna. I'm always impressed by design students - they … Continue reading How we use space at The Circle
If you've been reading my posts and tweets recently, then you'll have heard me talking about The Circle, our new community hub and co-work space in Dundee. Today is our official launch! The Circle is the brainchild of Kirsty Thomson, and she's looking forward to kick-starting a new era for the former Claverhouse Group building. "The generosity of organisations … Continue reading It’s launch day at The Circle!