Creativity, design & life online

Agility vs. The Big Reveal

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Design, Productivity & Processes

I wanted to write a pretty casual post about my working style because it’s been bouncing around my head a lot the last couple of weeks!

I started this week dead set on trying the method of blocking out certain days for certain related tasks. I thought I’d have a day of admin, a day of blog post writing, a day of design work. But, you know, Thursday is my shopping day, and oh, I need to sort out a new bank account, and actually I want to start this new project right away. The next thing I knew, my plan was completely out the window.

And it was only 12:04pm on Monday.

Digital Bullet Journal with iPad Pro and GoodNotes (Free Template!)

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Resources, Templates

I’ve always loved the concept of a bullet journal – the simplicity and the flexibility, combined with the opportunity to be as creative as you want. The bit I am not great at is being consistent with that. I’d create beautiful layouts for a few weeks in a row, before falling off the wagon and reverting back to my old planner-less ways. Enter my digital bullet journal on my iPad Pro.

Use the GoodNotes app to create your own digital bullet journal spreads. Or download my free template!

Is Your Website Navigation in the Wrong Order?

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Websites

You probably read the title above and thought: of course it isn’t. Surely your navigation can go in any order you choose, right?

Wrong.

Well, obviously it can. You (hopefully) live in a free country and can, therefore, put your navigation in any order that you want. But is it in the order that best suits your audience? Is it in the order that will be most effective when it comes to converting a visitor to a customer?

How I Became a Designer

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Design

I’ve been a professional designer for about a decade, and people often ask me how I got into it. The short story is: by accident! Kind of.

From humble beginnings as a teen girl with a blog (that was cringe), to my time having my work featured on design websites (that was cool), and my experience at design school.

A little trip down memory lane…

An Intro to Accessibility and User Experience

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Access & UX Guide

It’s so easy to make your own website these days, but if you don’t have a background in coding, you might not be aware of the impact that accessibility and user experience have on your blog or business.

There is a lot of information out there, so where to start? Right here! I’m going to share some of my top tips for improving your website’s accessibility– and therefore the general user experience– through a series of guides which should be informative and easy-to-follow for web creators who don’t really code!

MacBook Air 2020 Review

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Design, Review, Technology

My previous laptop was the mid-2013 MacBook Air, which I purchased in early 2014. It still had the big silver bezels and the squishier keyboard, and it served me very well once my 2009 MacBook Pro had bitten the dust.

I’ve also used the more recent MacBook Pro, circa 2017 or 2018, as my main machine for work. This one had the reduced bezels, now black for more of a seamless feel, and a keyboard that is, quite frankly, painful to use. It has almost none of the “squishiness” and was akin to slamming your fingertips directly into the table for 8 hours every day.

How does the MacBook Air 2020 compare?

Trying Flower Arranging!

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Creativity, Discount

With the world in lockdown, I know many of us have a bit of extra time on our hands. I’ve been trying to use some of this to take a little bit longer doing things “properly.” Like arranging my flowers nicely!

Plus: Grab a discount code for £10 off your first Bloom & Wild order!

Cozy Café Catch-Up – no. 1

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Monthly Catch-Up

Welcome to my little rambling catch-up. Think of this as our monthly coffee date – we’ve just come inside from the cold, we’re both wearing something super cute, and we’re ready to take snapshots of our cake for Insta.

Grab your favourite hot drink– I am partial to a dairy-free Chai latte, except in autumn when my PSL obsession runs wild– and have a seat at my table!

Capturing Moments with Hashtag Authentic

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Books, Photography, Review

I’m just going to say it: I’m often skeptical about buying books written by “influencers.” I’ve bought a couple, and read reviews of a few more. Nowadays, I pay them hardly any notice. Still, something drew me towards Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker.

The first thing that struck me was how accessible the book feels. It really puts an emphasis on how anyone can enjoy photography. At the same time, it didn’t feel limited. There’s such a wide range of information and different ideas on how to use photography to tell a story.