Have far less/fewer words

If you’re the government or some big shot who works with a thousand products and twice as many clients/customers then maybe, just maybe you need more than a couple of paragraphs of text on your website… chances are though, you don’t need to say so much.

Maybe you need to ask someone with an objective opinion why you actually have or need a website.

I know websites still feel like a valuable asset to businesses and people… and they are, sort of.

But no matter who you are or what you do, if you can’t sum up quickly in a few sentences and provide quick contact info then you need a re-think.

Don’t allow your website to be a cluttered mess.



Design inspiration

Here’s my design inspiration board on Pinterest.


It’s my goal in the remaining months of 2019 and then into 2020, to let this inspiration influence my work more. Rather than play it safe or bow to the pressure of a cautious client, I need to push some boundaries. In a small local business setting this can be challenging. I hate to hear phrases like ‘be creative’ or ‘push the boundaries.’ This means nothing most of the time… it’s a fob off when there’s no brief, no vision, no plan. I know that when I hear those words, if I actually do push any boundaries and create something a little more abstract or “on trend” (as I see it) that, I am likely to hit a brick wall.

Alas and anyhoo… go look at that board.

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Sweatshirt and hat weather

It’s now time for sweatshirts and hats in the office…


This sweatshirt from Community Clothing is properly amazing, a good weight and feels super to wear... this is the contrast rib version, the plain version comes in a few other colours.

Go get amongst it if you like a minimal no nonsense top.

I also have to say, the quality is soooo much better than lots of big name brands who do a similar style sweatshirt... sooo much better and, it’s £39! 

Kudos, the cc team are killing it right now. Doing things right and well.



I have always disliked having a portfolio on our website. They ruin the aesthetic that I imagine our web presence needs, not because of the quality of the work but mainly as a result of my inability to give it proper consideration and make everything look lovely… also, Supersimbo is more than just the design work that Ally does. Sort of.

So, Behance… go there.

There’s also a link on the homepage.

Another reason for this is that last week I was chatting with someone who uses Behance as a place to find and recruit designers for occasional freelance work. I’m not looking for any extra work right now and we are thankful for that but, you never know what the future may hold so, for now I feel like we have to be better at promotion, networking and connecting.

I might change my mind next week.

Ace & Tate, Russell

I have a couple of pairs of Ace & Tate glasses now. The lovely design and simplicity makes me very happy to wear them on my face.

Here’s my new pair

New Balance 990v5

“The first iteration of the 990 hit shelves in 1982. Releasing as one of the most expensive shoes—not just for New Balance—but for the wider footwear market, the 990 was poised to make a statement well before anyone laced it up and hit the sidewalk.” H/T

Finally bought a pair… beautiful design.

Unusual Layout

I used to be a little obsessed with the idea of an “unusual layout” website. I guess to be wild with your design you need to have complete trust from your client or be working on your own project/site. There shouldn’t be any rules when it comes to how websites look, perhaps there aren’t… but designers know there definitely are rules even if we pretend there aren’t. Clients have a whole different set of ideas and opinions. Anyway, I digress…

There’s category dedicated to unusual layouts on Site Inspire here.

Here are some examples. Click an image for a closer look.

Paynter Batch 1

Jacket No.260 of only 300 made arrived today and I love it. Such wonderful craftsmanship.


Adidas Supercourt

Adidas say

“A distillation of 40 years of adidas court shoes, these shoes serve up court style with a modern feel. They're crafted of supple leather in shades of tennis whites. For a refined touch, they're detailed with perforated 3-Stripes and a sculpted cupsole.”

see the full range here.