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Events near Pangbourne ( within 30 miles )

Written by ajdf on May 12th, 2016 9:09 am 12 Comments
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Upcoming Music events near Pangbourne


CV / Interview / Job App lessons learned from interviewing for a design job.

Written by ajdf on March 29th, 2016 11:11 am 6 Comments
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Basics: Cover letter ( or message ) Writing a PERSONALISED cover message, detailing why this job interests you, why you think you’d be a good candidate and anything to indicate that you have thought about the application, will instantly put you ahead of 50% of applicants. If you do not do this bit: How do […]


Tour Dates Widget

Written by ajdf on December 9th, 2014 12:11 pm 13 Comments
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Stewart Lee Tour Dates & Tickets


Creating a template for a dynamicly generated HTML email = Difficult.

Written by ajdf on July 10th, 2013 11:06 am 429 Comments
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Simple heading with borders example

In order not to forget all the lessons I just learned the hardway, here are some things I picked up: ‘Keep it simple’ applies more than ever: The more complex the layout, the more likely it is to go strataspherically wrong. With mobile opens at more than 50%, there are many advantages to having a […]


A band logo I was working on…

Written by ajdf on May 28th, 2013 3:50 pm 611 Comments
Posted in General Design

block-logo-idea1

InDesign: Make Master Page layout changes affect all existing text-fields

Written by ajdf on January 2nd, 2012 1:12 am 11 Comments
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You must master master pages

I am currently doing a 350 page book typesetting and layout project. Although I have done this before, I tend to not use In Design for long periods of time between each project and then forget some very important features. These features become extremely important for dealing with long documents. I am going to write […]


What I thought of computers: then… and now

Written by ajdf on November 26th, 2011 3:08 pm Comment
Posted in Personal Observations

What I think about computers... illustration

This morning I was listening to music on SoundCloud ( I love that site )… and reading some news. It suddenly struck me just how much computers have become a part of my life and inspired me to make this little diagram about how much my thoughts on computers have changed since those early days. […]


This is my web design process

Written by ajdf on November 21st, 2011 2:27 pm Comment
Posted in General Design, Personal Observations

Illustration showing a slightly tongue-in-cheek version of a client meeting

After years of practice I have honed my process to one which seems to work well. This is because it ensures clear communications with the client and reduces the risk of going down the wrong roads by involving them in the process. This process does vary from project to project but this is certainly a […]


UX Design vs UI Design – What is it all about?

Written by ajdf on November 5th, 2011 2:10 pm Comment
Posted in General Design, Web Design


You see the terms ‘UX Design / UI Design’ dropped around the web design universe like they are some kind of mysteriously interdependent dual-pronged torpedo in the armour of every web project team. UX Design means ‘User eXperience Design’ and UI Design means ‘User Interface Design’. That’s the easy bit. You could be forgiven for […]


Clipper Tea packaging: Inspiring Stuff…

Written by ajdf on October 11th, 2011 8:37 pm 11 Comments
Posted in General Design, Personal Observations

Clipper Chai Tea packaging (personal photo)...

Sometimes a magic thing happens… there is a healthy fusion between design, product, art and consumerism. Clipper’s products tick those boxes for me. I am absolutely inspired by their packaging design and the way it makes me feel pleased to buy their products. I have admired Clipper packaging since I first noticed them in the […]