Journal

Irregular thoughts

I write on a wide variety of subjects including art, design, culture, technology and storytelling. Occasional, considered, personal.

100 Words for 100 Days

I’m setting myself a goal to write a short scene every day for 100 days. It’s been more than 25 years since I’ve written anything creative so this is how I will start.

100 Words for 100 Days

Finding Creative Happiness

Being happy in your creative life doesn’t just happen — you have to work hard at it. If it’s no longer working for you, taking a step back and re-assessing might be just the thing to restore your energy and find a new path.

Finding Creative Happiness

New site, new start

Today I launch my new fully-responsive website. Several weeks in the making, launching this site represents a new path for me as I set out on a new venture.

New site, new start

Blood Sword Cover Design

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Dave Morris, renowned game designer, author and veritable gamebook king. Dave is republishing his classic “Blood Sword” series and I offered a little design help with the logo and typography of the new covers.

Blood Sword Cover Design

Do gamebooks need fights?

Fighting Fantasy, the brand that defined the 80s gamebooks did exactly what it said on the tin: fantastical adventures with plenty of fights. But were those fights really necessary?

Do gamebooks need fights?

Game modes in digital gamebooks

Is it possible to create a modern digital gamebook that appeals to a wide variety of players — without alienating any of them? Probably not, but I think we could increase the odds that most players will enjoy them by designing gamebooks with multiple game modes: this would allow players to choose how they play.

Game modes in digital gamebooks