I was born on 18th March, 1969 (yes, I'll be 50 in a few months time). My parents christened me Alasdair Iain McGill, and for 40 of the years I've been on this planet, people have known me as Alasdair. Then social media happened. I joined Twitter in 2008, and after a few months of … Continue reading Hello, my name is Alasdair
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
First up, a happy new year to you! I've been offline quite a bit since the end of the year - a conscious decision - so this is my first post in a while. I'm not one for new year's resolutions, but recently (around mid-December) I realised that I was wasting too much time on … Continue reading Hitting the reset button
I had lunch earlier this week with an old colleague. He currently works for a global business, gets paid well, but feels no joy in the work. He'd love to setup his own business, but doing what? He just doesn't know. We spoke about different ways to start the idea generation process. When I worked … Continue reading Where do good ideas come from?
Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day working with two of the world's best designers. It was an inspirational day, learning from people at the very top of their profession. In sport it would be like being able to spend a day training with Lionel Messi or Eliud Kipchoge (one for the runners!). … Continue reading Mind your language!
Over the past couple of months I’ve been reading Yuval Noah Harari’s books Sapiens and Homo Deus. It’s been a fascinating deep-dive into our past, present & future. One of the things it’s made me question is how we use transport - in particular the car. Joanna & I are no different to many families … Continue reading How might we travel in the future?
When I worked for Ernst & Young back in the early 90s, we had to account for every 10 minutes of our time. Each hour equated to 6 units, and we had a weekly target of billing a minimum of 75% of chargeable time. In reality, most of us were billing over 100% of our … Continue reading Why are you still charging by the hour?
We went to Edinburgh yesterday. When we go at the weekend, we tend to make use of the park & ride at Ingliston and take the Tram in to the City Centre. It saves paying a ridiculous amount for parking, and it's a lot less stressful. Over the past couple of years I've observed the … Continue reading Edinburgh’s Trams are not a good User Experience!
I'm a big Casey Neistat fan, as anyone who regularly reads these posts will know. Last week Casey posted a new video on his YouTube channel called Do What You Can't. I LOVE THIS VIDEO!! I must have watched it a dozen times. For so many of us, there's been someone there saying 'You can't'. It … Continue reading Do What You Can’t
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?