I’ve just started a new ‘professional’ blog named Can’t Draw Can’t Code. It is intended to be a place where I talk about stuff specific to the digital product design, especially the field of User Experience. I’m finding as I become more experienced, I feel like to have more to say and I wanted to create a soapbox just for that.
My first post, entitled “UX Horseshit“, has already been blocked from being published on a couple of professional groups on Linkedin.
For past few years, especially since games like Modern Warfare 2 starting making more money than movies like Avatar there’s been a lot of debate around the subject of whether games can be considered art – anyone who plays or makes games knows full well that games are forms of art, but stuffy old art critic circle-jerkers have dismissed games as childish bollocks.
I know games can be art, but can art be games? Click the link for a hilariously sarcastic read.
If you have a golf-ball-sized consciousness, when you read a book, you'll have a golf-ball-sized understanding; when you look out a window, a golf-ball-sized awareness, when you wake up in the morning, a golf-ball-sized wakefulness; and as you go about your day, a golf-ball-sized inner happiness.
But if you can expand that consciousness, make it grow, then when you read about that book, you'll have more understanding; when you look out, more awareness; when you wake up, more wakefulness; as you go about your day, more inner happiness.
I recently discovered Ukiyo-e Heroes through Reddit after seeing a great picture (above) of what was described as ”Sonic the Hedgehog Feudal Japan Style” . Ukiyo-e Heroes is a collaboration between two artists who are linking traditional Japanese storytelling art (Ukiyo-e) which uses old-time woodblock printing methods, to modern day Japanese video games culture such as Mario, Zelda, Starfox, etc.
A few weeks ago I quietly left the UK after a year of nothing much and moved to Frankfurt, Germany to take up a new job.
After I got back to the UK, I took a couple of months to rest and do a bit of remote UX design work which was nice, but after years of the crazy life living in sweaty Asian mega-cities, I found Newcastle to be far too dull. MORE…