Find me on Twitter at @brelson
I live in London and work in design & technology – UX, IA, digital strategy, consulting, that sort of thing. If you know what these terms mean then you’ve probably got a good sense of what I do already. If you’ve never come across them in your life, count yourself lucky.
One thing that I do a lot of at work is to draw diagrams and, over the years, I’ve developed a tendency to start drawing diagrams whenever thinking about or explaining things. This could get awkward if I ever have to explain the birds & bees to my future offspring, although I’m sure they’ll be able to find lots of helpful diagrams on the internet if need be.
On this site I try to make diagrams that my employers, design firm Tobias & Tobias, would probably never pay me to make – diagrams that most people would never want to see. So every now and again you’ll see posts that try to explain life’s boring, quotidian mysteries in diagrammatic form. I also write about stuff to do with my work like QR codes and mobile technology and user experience design but you don’t have to read that stuff if you don’t want to.
If you’re new to this blog some posts that people have liked in the past are Want a seat on the Overground during rush hour? Then prepare for war (a Labour MP posted a link to that on Twitter which is as close to my fifteen minutes as I’m ever likely to get). There’s also Reimagining The Moral Maze as a computer game, an unsolicited pitch to Radio 4 which went nowhere, presumably because no-one would want to play as Melanie Phillips.
Then there’s a bunch of more techie stuff, including a post that explains how to use Google Spreadsheets to extract data from Twitter. Does that even make sense to you? If it doesn’t, give yourself another pat on the back – you’re better off not knowing.