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Responsive designs of album sleeves

Velvet Underground and Nico

As a kid I’d always looked at the different sleeve designs between vinyl and cassette but never twigged until last week the similarity between this and responsive web design. Inspired by a blog post from Needmore Designs I decided to put together collection of some of my favourite albums showing how the sleeves transformed between…

Gerry Goffin 1939-2014

Gerry Goffin and Carole King

Within minutes of England’s World Cup defeat last night, a tweet from Carole King came through stating her first husband and songwriting partner had died at the age of 75. My first thought when I woke up this morning reflecting on the night before wasn’t that England are (unofficially) out of the World Cup, it…

Design A Website For Your Mother

Design Websites For Your Mother

Every now and then you stumble across an article that really hits the nail on the head (excuse the analogy). ‘Designing User Interfaces for Your Mother’ is one of those articles. Just as Apple products have taught us a whole new language in gestures, web design seems to be going down a route where you…

The End of Real Politicians

Ed Miliband holding a copy of the Sun

Oh dear, I don’t really like talking about politics and this will be my first and last post on the subject. But yesterdays photo opportunity from Ed Miliband really does make me despair, an (apparently) left wing politician trying to promote himself holding a right wing newspaper. No morals, no principles, no beliefs and no…

Sonic Cathedral is 10

Sonic Cathedral is 10

So last weekend came and went and after months of excitement we got to say a big hello to one of the bands we never thought we’d see again at the Sonic Cathedral 10th birthday bash. I last saw Slowdive playing mid afternoon at the Slough festival and the rest is history that I’ve already…

Dean Wareham and other current listening

Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham It was an appearance on Rapido in 1990 when I first became aware of Galaxie 500. Initially dismissing them as yet ANOTHER band influenced by the Velvet’s I didn’t really listen to any of Dean Wareham’s music until some of his work with Britta Phillips. Ironically it was their ‘13 Most Beautiful :…

Collaboration

Stop, collaborate and listen

I think it was Belouis Some who said “collaboration, will make a man of you” back in the 1980’s. Okay he didn’t, but he should have. Sadly you all too regularly read tweets and message board postings similar to the one below. Now I know this tweet was a joke but sadly this kind of…

NFC Goes Mainstream

NFC payment

It was good to see on the news today that five of the major high street banks are going to integrate NFC into their smartphone apps, this is another step closer to a world without plastic cards bulking out your wallet. I’ve watched the developments of NFC closely including local company Proxama who have been…

Slowdive – Souvlaki

Slowdive - Souvlaki

When Souvlaki was released in the spring of 1993, I couldn’t have been any less interested. Shoegazing was now a dirty word and all my friends and I were frequenting clubs like Sabresonic (Andrew Weatherall’s night in Vauxhall) and Megadog (at The Rocket down Hollaway Road). Why would I want to listen to some has-been…

2013 in music

Now That's What I Call Music!

Looking back at 2013 it seemed that every week there was another album released that I had to listen to, never before in my life can I remember a time when so much great music had become available so often. Maybe its just easier to access new music (of course!) or maybe people are getting…