Asking for help: here’s how you can help me get my postgraduate degree.

As anyone who has been within a mile of me knows, I have been accepted into the postgraduate programme in internet law and policy at the University of Strathclyde for the autumn session. Getting this qualification is incredibly important to me both personally and professionally. It’s my hope to use the programme as the first step on what I hope will be a long journey of bridging the gap between the policymakers of internet law and the coders of web design and development. I want to find a way to help policymakers to take the practical consequences of legislation into consideration, while giving the coding community a voice that they have, up to this point, been denied.

Unfortunately, at the time when I should be getting excited about becoming a student again, I can’t sleep at night. Continue reading

Dear young designers – this is what a spec work contest looks like.

I have always been very vocal in my stance against spec work, a system where design concepts are requested at the interview phase or as contest entries in order to qualify for the contract. That stance is made possible by the fact that I have the confidence and experience to recognise it and reject it. Of course, spec work is rarely targeted at (…ageing) professionals like me. It is usually aimed at young people who are just starting out and are in the most desperate and vulnerable phases of their careers.

And here is a classic, and shameful, example of that. Continue reading