The roundup. May 2018

About the boy

Zac John Holliday

Introducing Zac John Holliday.

May was all about the boy.

Zac was born on the 17th May – 9 days late but everything went smoothly this time around. Zac is our fourth child and joins his 3 older sisters in the expanding Holliday household. Continue reading…

The roundup. April 2018

A busy month that included the Easter break and a family break to Somerset. In the meantime I’ve been mostly working in London, and we also wrapped up our FutureGov work in Glasgow.

Writing

I hit a sweet spot with writing this month.

I made a conscious effort to finish some things I had in draft, setting aside some dedicated time over a weekend. Continue reading…

The roundup. March 2018

A quick update this month so I keep to schedule.

Overall, more travel throughout the UK. I’ve mostly been travelling between London, Glasgow and Newcastle. With a couple of visits to Manchester in between.

I also went further afield than usual and flew to Milan for 24 hours, before dashing back for my daughter’s 8th birthday celebrations. Continue reading…

The roundup. February 2018

Lots of travel all over the UK this month.

In-between work travel we had a great family break at Forest Holidays near Maldan in North Yorkshire, with a day trip to Whitby for fish & chips. There was snow on the first day of the trip which caught us a little off guard. Continue reading…

The roundup. January 2018

I’m trying a new approach to writing and publishing his year.

In my end of year review for 2017 I said that I needed to think about how and where I publish blog posts.

I’m now only publishing new blog posts on my Medium account. It’s much easier and faster for me to write down and share my thoughts using Medium (especially using the mobile app). Continue reading…

2017 – End of year review

I’ve published an end of year review for a few years now (2015, 2016). It’s good to look back and reflect on what’s happened.

It’s been another busy year.

The biggest change for me this year was leaving my role at DWP Digital and joining FutureGov as Design Director in August. Continue reading…

Digital as physical objects

In a world where so many of us carry screens in our pockets, does the world need more, and increasingly, larger screens in our public spaces?

Manchester Central Library

This is a picture taken in Manchester Central Library.

There’s an increasingly amount of touch screen interfaces appearing in physical spaces which doesn’t feel very digital to me. Continue reading…

Estate agents. An example of a broken digital business model?

This article caught my attention last summer: one in five high street estate agents risk going bust.

We’re already seeing this play out with startups like Purple Bricks and HouseSimple establishing themselves.

There’s a lack of digital innovation from traditional estate agents. Continue reading…

Sticks in the ground for public services

Earlier this year I wrote about sticks in the ground. My belief that design has to be bold. It has to start with an idea.

It’s arrogant to think you can change the world. But it’s also necessary

I was reminded yesterday of some of the great examples of civic architecture we have in the UK. Continue reading…

Is digital destroying a generation?

In my last blog post I wrote about attention-driven design versus connection-driven design.

While thinking about this over the past few months, this article was particularly uncomfortable reading: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Continue reading…