This page is a list of all the silly things—and sometimes not so silly things—I've attempted over the years. Some of these projects I still do.
This page is a work in progress. Its design isn't the best, and the cupboards are a bit dusty. I've got a lot of stuff to work back through and catalogue, so they'll be things that are missing at the moment.
As this page develops I'll be filling out the individual pages of each thing a bit more, and telling you about how each project came around. For now, this is yer lot.
I'm updating this a lot when I randomly remember some fun thing I did a few years ago.
Sick of working for other people who didn't do it right, James and I decided to setup our own agency in 2010.
The majority of my days are still spent on this massive never-ending project (that made it sound bad actually), and I love every second of it.
This is both my oldest project and my longest-running project.
In 2018 I attended my first IoT hack day: Hack the DMC. The DMC is the building where my studio lives, so I was interesting in making something cool.
I worked with Matt Watson—also his first time working with IoT—to hack an Arduino, a web cam and a pizza box into allowing people to take a quick photo and upload it to a Twitter account.
Somehow we won, and I still need to do some more work on this and revisit it.
I'd not done a daily design project for quite a few years, so I decided on a smaller one that was much more manageable: design a pop culture logo every day for 100 days.
I created 100 logos from all sorts of stuff, ranging from David Bowie to GTA, and Die Hard to Top Cat.
I really enjoyed this and it reminded me what I'd been missing with my daily design challenges. Since 2016 I haven't done another one, but it's something I'm seriously planning again.
I've always wanted to do something fun with Twitter at a hack day, and I finally came up with the idea in 2013.
What if we used Twitter to cheer people up instead of letting it get them down?
Our app (that we designed, built and published in 24 hours), scoured Twitter for negative tweets—angry, sad, depressing—and gave you the option to send them a positive tweet to cheer them up.
We turned it into a game: the whole point of the app was to "Cheer The Duck Up" by sending positive tweets to people.
I feel like we need this more than every today. I need to revisit this idea.
Whilst I did Nice Smile Sir I wanted to do another daily design project, so I took on something else I invented and called Gramophoney. Design a 12" record sleeve every day for 365 days.
I didn't get to 365, but I had fun. It was the first daily challenge that I'd failed, but the passion to do it just wasn't there and I gave up at about 150 days.
After I did Novl Cuisine for 365 days I discovered that had itch I'd never be able to scratch properly again: doing daily projects all of the damn time.
My second one was much more ambitious than the first. I wanted to get as many people as possible to take a photo with me every day for 365 days. We started with around 28 people, then by the end of the year we still had around 16.
I loved the project and it was great to see everybody's photos every day. Seeing an insight into people's daily lives was interesting.
I always thought the project would have made a great viral campaign for a photography company. I'm still waiting to sell the idea to one of them.
The website doesn't exist anymore but some of the history of the project can be seen in the Twitter account.
Waaaay back in 2010 O2 (of mobile network fame) were very naughtily storing people's phone numbers in website data headers when people were browsing using their network.
Rich and I built a fun little tool that let you just visit a website to find out if your phone number was being displayed for anybody to steal.
It did the rounds on Twitter at the time and got quite a lot of press, but I've obviously got none of the original files any longer or any proof this project ever existed.
I designed an A4 poster every day for an entire 365 days, non stop.
I somehow managed to rope my old boss into the challenge too, then I held an exhibition of my favourites. It was my first tentative step into a world where I became obsessed with doing A Thing A Day type challenges.
Some of my fave posters are on Behance. I lost the rest because I didn't back them up properly.