In September I took up place as Creative Director at Yoyo. Things are really beginning to kick off, we're now live at five universities around the country with many more to soon follow suit, taking payments at a handful of cafe chains around London, and about to roll out at some major corporate locations.

Part of my new role has been to conceptualise and create advertising campaigns for these locations and consumer groups. It's been a little out of my comfort zone but you know, challenges are good for you.





These are a few of the pieces I'm most pleased with so far. There's been plenty more paraphernalia besides, mostly too tedious or terrible to post here. Trying to establish a consistent language through design and comms is always a fun and experimental process!




Super excited for the next six months or so. We're hitting an amazing growth vector, both in reach and in the richness of our talent pool.

Probably a good point to mention I'm looking for a bright young designer to join me for the journey. If that's you, or you know someone who it might be, I'd love to hear from you!

Sunshine moments of 2014 which turned out as pleasing photos? Check!

I finally grew out of my Lomo and picked up a couple of beautiful analogue cameras, most notably a Contax T2. Heart.




I'm really behind on my 'life' posters though. :|

In April I started contracting at Yoyo, tasked with reimagining their mobile product. The faith was inspiring. Together in an awesome team, we released an entirely v3 in September, just in time for the influx of new users at Imperial College, the University of Westminster, University of Greenwich, Essex University and Bedfordshire University.

Students can use Yoyo to pay for food and drinks across the university campuses, earning loyalty rewards in the process.





Primarily our goal was to raise our bar in quality, continuity and expansability. In doing so we rebuilt the platform entirely, forming a rock solid foundation to scale our business with.





This is just the beginning. Now, the real fun starts!



  

Endoskeleton?

This project has lead a long and difficult life.

Still hoping to bring the world's most badass CV to the people, one day!

I made a neat TV remote app with Ed Lea.

It works with wifi-connected Sky+ & Virgin Media boxes in the UK.

We've added a major new feature to Kangaroom!

Until now, we've always been a room aggregator, scouring sites like Gumtree and Moveflat, plotting their rooms on our map and routing the user to its source.

But that's just changed! We've been working for ages on a neat system & interface which we reckon makes it a whole lot less unpleasant to type the details of a room in to a computer.

It's totally free as well, so maybe tell your friends and room hopping acquaintances?


There were a few usability issues in using Google Maps as the background to the old homepage, but I liked the idea of using a full screen map.

To make the site load quicker, reduce map impressions and take a little more control over our visuals I made a vaguely accurate, wildly simplified map of London. Just a little homage to our city - although Kangaroom is now live in the US, too! ⍤

As usual Jinder did an an amazing job in pulling it all together, the new homepage is nice!



Had fun working on this great new video to promote Yoyo.

I did the graphics & stuff.

Thanks, Avoriaz!

Did some nice work for Worldpay! Not really allowed to show it though.

See you next year, summer.

Still working on a little something called Skeleton with my buddy when we can find the time. Should be cool when we eventually get it up & running. Stay tuned yeah.

We've been building your new, smarter CV.

It's called Skeleton, and we're super excited to be releasing in beta very soon. Pop your email in the box to register, yeah?

Made by Whoever

Had a pretty good time.

It's been almost a year now since we started work on Paddle. The team's grown, our product's evolved, and it's a really exciting time for us.

We're committed to making payments as easy as possible, securely from the palm of your hand.

In the coming weeks a national favourite, Marks & Spencers, will be trialling Paddle in-store and we're really proud that they've chosen our product ahead of some worthy competition. There's no shortage of activity in the mobile payments space, but we believe strongly in the experience we've crafted, and there's a lot more to come from us yet.

It was nice to see us featured in Easter Sunday's Independent as well as a host of other reputable industry sources recently, including Pocket Lint, CNN, Computer Weekly, Mobile World Live and Mobile Payments today.

It's available now, and there's a demo store where you can try it out for yourself without making a purchase.

Ski trip was fun.

In September I teamed up with my buddy Jinder at TechHub to work on a new interface and identity for his bootstrapped proof of concept, Kangaroom. Here's how it worked out..

It's retina, responsive, live now and it kicks ass. Read a little more about the product and how it was built over here.

Tell everyone.

I bumped into the mixcloud guys at Google Campus recently. I've long been a fan of what these guys are doing, and especially since they're a London startup too.

I caught up with Nico again a week later and decided to spend a spare evening putting this together. I guess it's just a quick representation of how I'd like it to be.

Here's the current page for that Maya Jane Coles Essential mix (worth a listen!). Click above for hi-res.

EDIT: This looks very crap now, since the guys did an incredible job on the new version.

I bank with Natwest. It's not completely useless, but it's not very useful, either.

I've been following Simple.com (formerly BankSimple) since they started making a few waves last year. Taking a little inspiration, my continued frustration, and a loose connection at Natwest, I very quickly put together concept of something quite a lot more 'helpful'.

I designed the identity for Highgate Labs, parent company to our first product; Paddle.

It's close!

I love analogue photography.

In 2010 the iPhone 4 was born, and finally mobile photography became passable. I'd also picked up a few analogue cameras, and if photos were anything to go by I'd had a pretty good year.

On 1st January 2011 I resolved to create a 'Poster of the Year', every year, for the rest of my capable life. Seemed like a nice idea.

2010

Was just the beginning...

2010 for me was special year. I was enjoying life with my good friends @putitout, holidaying in the Alpes, the South of France, Italy, and - amazingly - South Africa for the World Cup, courtesy of Kodak. Two great couples were married, I met a girl, and my great friend from university was tragically lost to a drunk driver. The year ended as it began, covered in snow.

2011

Where did it all go wrong?

An epic skiing trip, an unforgettable first Glastonbury, happy holidays in Antibes, and trips to Budapest and Berlin. But most of all, 2011 was about a relationship. And a lovely little flat in Hampstead Heath.

I wonder what 2012 has in store.

I'd like to think that one day long from now, every year will be on my wall somewhere, telling a great and truthful story. Who knows, let's wait and see.

I started work on Paddle. Tell y'all soon.

Look Mum I'm on the internet!

I needed a place to write things down, so here we are. It's been an interesting year, and I'm excited about what the future holds.

I'll share the good bits, and maybe even get round to writing down a few words now and then. Let's see how it goes.

I've had my share of Wordpress blogs in the past and always been frustrated to the point of abandonment by their fiddliness. This time, I used scriptogr.am. Write posts in Markdown, store them in a folder on your Dropbox and.. Well that's pretty much all there is to it.

Excuses... bye!