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Designing charts to learn about designing charts

25 Jan 2017 in Blog Tagged: Data

In my previous blog post I explained how I’ve been logging my film watching with a google spreadsheet hooked up to some simple tools, now I’ll describe how I took that info and turned it into a visually appealing chart.

Fun with Google Sheets and APIs

05 Jan 2017 in Blog Tagged: Data

I watched a lot of films this year.

WDC2016 - Ruth John

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

I’ve seen Ruth talk once before, when she talked about the fiendish sounding shadow DOM. Obviously some kind of mascohist, she attempted live demo of technology and was beset by technical glitches with the in-house projector. Whilst annoying, she pressed on and gave a really interesting introduction to MIDI, focusing on the ‘Digital Interface’ bit of the acronym.

WDC2016 - Nicholas Alpi

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

I am very much an IT salaryman having been in-house for a *long* time so Nicholas’ talk about his journey to running his own agency wouldn’t seem to be that relevant to me, the talk worked nicely. Talks with a strong narrative thread are always nice to follow, and this had that.

WDC2016 - Lightning Talks

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

Three very good talks about switching activities, making things and recruiting well.

WDC2016 - Jack Sheppard

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

Empathy. I liked Jack’s range around psychology and interactions with people, though it did meander a bit for more, which goes with the territory when talking about such an interconnected topic. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but perhaps covered TOO much.

WDC2016 - Harry Roberts

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

Packed with useful and relevant info for work we’re doing in work right now, I really liked the balance of specific tips and broad principles. Lots to take away and work on.

WDC2016 - Dan Edwards

07 Oct 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live Wdc2016

Good reminder that efficiency isn’t the only thing to consider when doing good work.

Creative Mornings Cardiff - Gavin Strange

07 Aug 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live

A cracking way to spend a Saturday morning. The lovely people at Creative Mornings, Cardiff put on another cracking speaker, and the Saturday Morning format was great for me, meaning I could hang around a little after. Gavin Strange’s talk was a whirlwind journey through his work and some of the stories behind it. The joy he has creating such a varied range of cracking work really came across. I scribbled out just a few of the things that had particular resonance for me - not sure that anyone else would find them any use, but Gavin said to share, so I am.

Ben Calvert and Helen Walbey at the USW Support Staff Conference 2016

18 Jul 2016 in Sketchnotes Tagged: Live

My first time of attending the Support Staff Conference in the University of South Wales, saw me listen to a talk by Ben Calvert, The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. It was a lot more interesting than his rather dry title would lead you to expect.