This blog has moved

Posted on Saturday 30 October 2010

As you probably have noticed, this blog hasn’t been updated for a while.

I have started a new blog, Observation and Design, with new content around my work as a Digital Project Manager in London, but also interests in design, photography and various other subjects.

Please come on over and check it out.

Rich @ 11:03 pm
Filed under: Design
My Personal Music Experience

Posted on Monday 24 December 2007

I thought i’d take the time to express my personal music habits, in the form of the personal music systems which I divulged in since my childhood. In the past 15 years or so I have had four portable music systems. I think the small amount of different players is due to a few reasons. I tend to take care of anything I own, looking after it and making sure I use it properly actually ensures that they all still work. I also like to think that I make well-informed decisions about my purchases.

So let’s have a look at those four personal players:

Rich @ 10:34 pm
Filed under: Aesthetics andDesign andExperience andIndustrial Design andInnovation andTechnology

Photo Answers: Photography Video Tutorials

Posted on Thursday 20 December 2007

I’ve often thought about how interesting it would be to be taught how to do something from a professional and recently, as a previous subscriber to practical photography magazine, i received email detailing new features at a website called Photo Answers. They have created a brand new feel to a website which offers some decent videos on the subject of photography.

Here’s an example:

Check out more video tutorials here.

Rich @ 12:00 pm
Filed under: Photography andTutorials andVideos
Colour Lovers

Posted on Sunday 16 December 2007

A few palettes I have created at Colour Lovers, a website dedicated to colours. Create your own palettes, colours and patterns for display within the community. It’s a great way to find colours which work together and compliment each other. Whether website design, product design or graphic design.

They also have a rather neat piece of online software (webware i guess) which allows you to upload a picture for colour picking and use within a palette. It also shows complimentary colours to that colour in a variety of ways through the use of shapes overlaying a colour wheel.

A few palettes:



The Core

The idea of using a photograph which one has taken to provide the source for a palette of colours is amazing. Check out their blog for more examples of loads of colours from picture sources, or my own page for some of the colours and palettes I have created!

Rich @ 10:12 pm
Filed under: Colour andDesign andGraphic Design andWebsite Design
Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player

Posted on Tuesday 4 December 2007

Trevor Baylis himself showing us how the wind-up media player works. Not quite sure that the view of the product in the first video does it any justice at all, or whether it’s an actual reflection of how it can be used outdoors.

And a review from CNET. It sounds pretty interesting, and could be something useful to have around for long journeys:

Maybe an increase in screen quality could get a few more people interested, even though it would significantly reduce the performance of the battery.


Rich @ 2:10 pm
Filed under: Design andEngineering andSustainability

Tom Dixon ‘Blow’ Light

Posted on Monday 24 September 2007


We waited for an hour to get a Tom Dixon Glow light (7th in the queue) and then Tom arrived to give the lights away. He didn’t really seem to know what he was there for or what he had to say. Nice day, almost rained!

Rich @ 8:15 pm
Filed under: Design
The Morning Journey to Work!

Posted on Saturday 24 February 2007

cockfosters tube station

Every weekday this is hopefully the view i see, but rarely the view i feel like looking at. Traveling for 1 hour and 10 mins to work and 1 hour 10 mins back is hard work but with a good book, a bit of music or the Nintendo DS it gets a little shorter!

I am currently reading the second ‘Teach Yourself’ book i have ever read, this one about a little of Sigmund Freuds life. It’s a fairly interesting book and because the subject is completely new it’s quite intriguing.

Rich @ 1:19 am
Filed under: Design
Design Book Store

Posted on Sunday 24 December 2006

I’ve been thinking for a little while about putting something together to recommend the books which i have been reading. A kind of catalogue within which i can put all of those design books which I think are great and everyone should read!!!

Introducing the The Design Book Store

The front page includes some of the best books I have read, the latest reads and something which i find interesting at the moment. The rest of the store is divided up into categories surrounding industrial design, product design, design engineering and general design.

Anything added to the shopping basket will be taken through to the amazon website for final payment. So it’s completely secure!!

Rich @ 6:33 pm
Filed under: Books andDesign andSales and Shopping

MSc Lamp Post Climbing Robot Day

Posted on Thursday 21 December 2006

On the rather chilly morning of the 12th of December 2006, the final of the lamp post climbing robot competition was to commence.

Just twelve weeks previous to the event, 18 members of the unsuspecting design world joined into the fast track system to begin understanding more about becoming a design engineer through an MSc Design Engineering postgraduate degree at Middlesex University in North London.

The degree’s main aim is to take designers and convert them to “the way of the engineer.” Not so much as to create an engineer, but a hybrid between desgners and engineers… the Design Engineer. (more…)

Rich @ 3:10 pm
Filed under: Design andEducation andEngineering andExperience andIndustrial Design andMSc Design Engineering andRobots
Prototype 01

Posted on Friday 15 December 2006

After a few months of hard work, the first semester has come to an end. I finally have a bit of time to catch up and get my breath back. So over the next little while I’ll be uploading snippets from the course.

Here’s the first: A video of the first working prototype we created

Rich @ 4:35 pm
Filed under: Design andEngineering andMSc Design Engineering andMiddlesex
Shopping Trolleys

Posted on Sunday 19 November 2006

Shopping Trolleys

Down at the local Morrisons supermarket at the weekend, we located this rather interesting sign. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any signs displaying the opening hours!

Rich @ 2:45 pm
Filed under: Design andInformation andSignage

Reciprocating Compressor Mechanism Design

Posted on Thursday 9 November 2006

A quick time out whilst nearing the end of a report. As a part of this report on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Mechanism Design we have to use mechanism design software to analyse the forces on a connecting rod within a reciprocating compressor. We then use this force result and apply it to the connecting rod within a Finite Element Analysis software program.

Extremely interesting stuff. Here’s a video of my mechanism in motion:

Solidworks COSMOS Motion at work.

Rich @ 10:51 pm
Filed under: Engineering andMSc Design Engineering andSolidworks
600 Awesome Robots

Posted on Thursday 26 October 2006

So, the major project for my MSc in Design Engineering turns out to be a climbing robot.

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting 100 ideas. There are six teams of three people and every one of them will probably have around 100 pretty excellent ideas and maybe one bad one out of the whole bunch. I’m pretty confident about the ability of my team. I am pretty confident too about the techniques behind some of the robots although by tonights decision and three robot finalists to narrow down to a winner, i am sure it will be a fun project.

A book on the subject, detailing every one of the 600 robots, could be quite interesting to the average book reader.

Rich @ 9:55 pm
Filed under: Engineering andInvention andMSc Design Engineering andMiddlesex andRobots andStupidity andUniversity
You Need Tickets!

Posted on Sunday 22 October 2006


These are the new slides at the Tate Modern. They are a part of the new Unilever series which will be on for about 6 months.

Just a little word of advice if you are planning to go, get there early and reserve a ticket to come back and have a go loter on. We wanted to have a go but we would have had to wait about 7 hours to get a chance on the big one!

They sure do look impressive though!

Rich @ 6:49 pm
Filed under: Design

Topshop London

Posted on Sunday 22 October 2006

Topshop London

Simple usability advice here, from a casual observer.

I was sitting down in the shoes section while the girlfriend dissapeared and found herself some comfy plimsoles and notices people using the staff area door on the left here. The access panel (click through image to see notes) is about 1/2 a foot lower than the average height that a keycard hangs around an employees neck. Definately cause for RSI.

Someone should have a word about that with them!

Rich @ 6:42 pm
Filed under: Advice andAnthropometrics andDesign andHuman Factors andSales and Shopping andSecurity andUsability