What’s wrong with eCommerce tools?

Why don’t eCommerce platforms behave like blogging platforms? Is it because the cool developers don’t want to work at ecommerce application developers? Is it because all the big ecommerce platforms started life the best part of ten years ago and can’t flip architectures just like that? Is it because the kind of fancy features you… Continue reading What’s wrong with eCommerce tools?

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The unwisdom of streets

The bin-men used to come on Thursdays. Simple. Since the council introduced ‘Alternate Week Collections‘ nobody knows when they’re coming. We’re all at sea. One day it’s plastic and tin cans, the next it’s green waste. Newspapers? Household waste? No idea. Everybody’s moaning about the smell (and the rats) but I’m more interested in what… Continue reading The unwisdom of streets

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The noise in Northants

We went to watch the drag racing at Santa Pod yesterday. There are two sounds on this earth that can make me spontaneously cry. There’s the sound of a great operatic soprano mid-aria and there’s the sound of a top fuel dragster mid-quarter mile. The thing is, they’re both big sounds and they both bypass… Continue reading The noise in Northants

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Random stuff…

…because the football’s so boring. Isn’t the Skoda ad lovely? The ‘making-of’ video is a reminder of how good and appropriate old-fashioned, above-the-line investment can be. Don’t cancel your TV campaigns yet you big brands! Don’t forget to check how your MP voted on the utterly shameful amendment to the Freedom of Information Act. You’ll… Continue reading Random stuff…

How does he do it?

How did Tony Blair turn what ought to have been an ignominious retreat – a defeated backward step from power – into a noble and affecting curtain call? I am, again, in awe. The man is the most remarkable political figure of the post-war era. A fascinating, hypnotising, utterly political animal, somehow managing to exist… Continue reading How does he do it?

Looking for freelancers

I’m looking for some freelance help with a couple of tasks. A reasonable day rate is available and the project is likely to be fun and to lead to lots more work if things go well: Site map/visualisation/wireframe jockey. I need a visually cool and useful site map of shave.com. Useful infoporn. Something that’ll look… Continue reading Looking for freelancers

The fate of the innovator

Remember Segway? Always doomed. Always ridiculous. A case study in entrepreneurial hubris. It somehow never occurred to anyone at Segway – not designers, not investors, not breathless celebrity boosters – that looking ridiculous might be a disincentive to buy (look at Jeff ‘Mr Bean’ Bezos

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Brands are our cathedrals

Can you imagine a world without brands? Does social media (social networking, social content, social shopping, social this and that…) threaten the very idea of a brand (as it does, for some, the very idea of authority in media)? We’re divided, as usual, on this matter. Some – the euphorics (the geek ‘ultras’) reckon that… Continue reading Brands are our cathedrals

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