Influencer media kit: an experiment in graphic design
A former colleague was bemoaning the influx of people into his inbox claiming to be “an influencer”. The basic thrust of his grumble was each one wanted him to give them something and in return he’d receive “exposure”. What “exposure” meant to his bottom line was never clear. “I wish they’d start acting like magazines […]
A photo over Athens
A couple pause to capture the beautiful view out across Athens. It might seem like a cliche, but if you get the chance to visit the birthplace of democracy I strongly recommend it. The city is beautiful, there are ruins with so many tales to tell and you can stand in the footsteps of intellectual […]
China’s innovation economy has warnings and lessons for The West
Just a few years ago, the business press had written China off as a “me-too” economy. It was steeped in copycat enterprises, a place where rip-offs were common and Western companies went for low cost manufacturing. How quickly that view has changed. Almost by stealth, China has been transforming itself into a hub of innovation. […]
The bike by the canal
A bicycle is chained by railings at the Grand Union. Who does it belong to?
Sam smiles. A portrait
Sometimes I encounter models who make a point of not smiling for the camera. Sam was one of them. There’s nothing wrong with this approach. They might not like the way they look, or want to adopt a certain persona. She smiled for me though.
Japan is hiding a cashless society of its own
The cashless society seems to be passing the Japanese by. Despite a reputation as a technology loving nation that adopts and discards gadgets on a weekly basis, the vast majority of consumer payments still use notes and coins. Where contactless and chip-and-pin terminals are available, they’re usually ignored in favour of large wads of notes. […]
Digital advertising continues to grow in 2018
Digital advertising spend in the UK appears to be maintaining its strong growth. The Advertising Association is predicting 2018 will see a 6.3% increase over 2017, with £11.4bn being spent. Growth in Internet advertising is slowing though, with spend rising 13.3% on last year’s 14.3%. More worrying is growth in mobile spending has fallen by […]
The thoughtful father of Tavistock Court
He held his child close as the people of London bustled around him. Not once did he seem phased by them. All that mattered was his baby. I wondered what he was thinking.
An SEO bubble is stopping great content from being found
Every day I spend at least an hour reading articles, blog posts and commentaries. As I read I absorb the content. I reflect on it and ask whether it’s something I think others would find interesting. If the answer is yes, the chances are you’ll see it on my Twitter or LinkedIn timeline. In recent […]
Nikki in the wild
A portrait of Nikki. The sun was setting. It was a beautiful moment.
Selene Nelson: inappropriate behaviour for a freelance writer?
The joke William Sitwell made about Selene Nelson’s vegan recipe pitch was clearly inappropriate. Whether he deserved to be forced to resign for causing upset is open for debate and one that will no doubt rumble on. For the time being at least his conduct will be the focus of discussions. My attention has turned […]