I am an office worker. I get distracted by work-related notifications all day: Email and Skype are the worst culprits. Meetings are a close second.
The notifications bing, ring and flash. All techniques to draw your attention away from your actual ‘work’.
This isn’t a one-way thing either. We are all guilty of these. Continue reading
For a while there have been a couple of things in my designer’s “Bucket List”. Things I would absolutely love to work on. They include:
- Skateboard deck
- Racing car livery
- Movie poster
- CD cover
- Football kit
Book cover (OK, so I have done something from the list. Here it is)
So what is stopping me. Well, nothing. Since having this list I haven’t actually tried my hand at any of these.
I think this need to design physical products comes from my tendency to appreciate physical items more than digital ones. Yes, interacting with websites or apps is great (and I love the fact that thousands of people are able to see your work), but seeing a printed business card or poster to me has always given me more joy than the launch of a website.
So I am going to work on producing some concepts just for fun, but maybe with a real product in mind. 2013 is a year for acting on the things I’ve been putting off, so blogging about this now seems like the perfect catalyst, because what is a bucket list for if you don’t act on it.
Do you have a design bucket list? If you do I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below or tweet me @paulrandall.
Without doubt Spotify has allowed me to explore new music like I have never before. Artists whose names I’ve heard briefly mentioned I would check out, and many of those I have then gone on to love and several have made my list.
I didn’t quite make a top 10, so instead I am just going to list the albums that I listened to most during 2012.
Albums of 2012
- Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE
- Jessie Ware – Devotion
- Swedish House Mafia – Until Now
- Labrinth – Electronic Earth
Notable mentions (and some not released this year but played a lot)
- Annie Mac Presents 2012
- Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed
- SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Released in 2011 but I only recently discovered this)
- Joker – The Vision (Again, released in 2011 but only recently discovered)
- Calvin Harris – 18 Months
My last.fm profile has everything that i’ve listened to over the last few years. Cheesy or not (even when playing the office Christmas songs all day!) It’s a great way of looking back at things you’ve loved and how your tastes change.