Steve Felter

Steve Felter / GameSalad

I recently spoke to Steve Felter, CEO of GameSalad, for a feature in .net Magazine. Here’s the interview in full…

Mobile SDKs are lowering the barrier to entry for indie game developers. In an already saturated market is this a good thing?

A lot of the innovation we see happening in the mobile games industry is coming from indie developers. Many of the larger studios typically release sequels to their proven games or variations of hits from the indie market. With Continue reading

Graham Ranson

Graham Ranson / Glitch Games

I recently interview Graham Ranson from Glitch Games for a feature in .net Magazine. I asked him about the creation of their hit game Forever Lost, and how making indie games is becoming more accessible to all.

Here’s the interview in full…

Graham, can you tell us a bit about the history of Glitch games?

Glitch Games was born through a joint desire between both myself and my co-founder Simon to avoid any ‘real’ work with a 9-to-5 job, make some games and have a lot of fun along the way.

We have known each other since school however went to different universities. It was only after Uni ended and the crushing Continue reading

Interviews

New Interviews Section

I’ve put together a new interviews section to the site!

This new area includes all the people I’ve spoken to over the last couple of years for .net Magazine, Smashing Magazine, Offscreen and Think Vitamin (now Treehouse).

I’ve been lucky enough to talk to the likes of Chris Coyier, Ryan Singer, Jeremy Keith and the teams behind Nike Better World and NewZealand.com to name just a few.

And with more interviews lined up over the coming months, there’ll be lots more to read and learn. I hope you enjoy :)

Offscreen Issue 4

Offscreen #4

Issue 4 of Offscreen is now available to order!

It’s another jam-packed issue, and this time I was lucky enough to interview the redoubtable Jeremy Keith. I also put together a Conference Guide which will help you pick the places you need to be in 2013.

As ever, Kai Brach has put together an incredible piece of independent publishing. He’s tweaked the magazine size, made room for a bunch more pages, and created the best printed mag for our industry. Again.

If you haven’t yet read Offscreen, issue 4 is the perfect place to get onboard. I remain as proud as ever to be a contributor.

New Year in London 2013

New Years Evolutions

It is that time of year again. A time when we give ourselves permission to recalibrate our lives. To refocus on what we think we should think is important.

A New Years resolution gives us an opportunity to start from scratch, as if this year we’ll actually make our dreams a reality. Unlike last year.

We all have our own personal goals, the things we want to achieve and places we want to go. And rather than list all mine here, I’ll perhaps just mention the one that I think is the most important.

Give yourself time.

Nothing that you want to do this year can be done without time. And without scheduling in time to plan and to execute it simply ain’t gonna happen.

So schedule a weekly meeting with yourself. Get out of the office at least one lunch time per week to sit in your favourite coffee shop and plan. Send emails, organise meetings, write, read and do whatever you need to.

It’s important that this hour is outside the daily flow of your work and life. This hour of input at the beginning of the week will lead to countless more productive and enjoyable hours later in the week.

One final thought. Don’t worry too much about where you’re going. If the achievement of the goal is in itself the achievement then you’ll be surprised at how quickly the feeling of happiness can pass.

Enjoy the journey. The completion of any goal is merely just one of many steps.

Make every step count.

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Royal Mail Epic Fail

The Royal Mail are committing a UX sin here. All I’m trying to do is reschedule a delivery, and it forces me to register. Unbelievable.

But it gets better (meaning ‘worse’). During the registration process I have to opt-out of Royal Mail emails and opt-in to 3rd party emails. The danger here is that I tick all the boxes and start receiving a bunch of junk emails.

Here’s the problem. If I don’t want to receive Royal Mail emails I have to tick the boxes…

“If you do not wish to receive such communications, please tick the relevant box(es) below.”

…and if I don’t want to receive 3rd party emails, I have to uncheck the boxes…

“If you would like to receive information about products, services, special offers and promotions from carefully selected third parties, please let us know by ticking the relevant box(es) below.”

You’d expect this from some shonky marketing company, but not the Royal Mail.

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One more thing… an iPad Mini

It’s been an amazing week in the VoucherCodes.co.uk office.

A few days ago we found out that we are all flying to Austin in April for a party next year (in addition to our annual company holiday in Europe). And not just the London office, but Vannes and Berlin too.

And then today, as a thank you for the teams hard work, everyone got an iPad mini! I’ve never seen everyone so genuinely chuffed – people were smiling, high fiving and, as you can see in this photo, happy to hug anyone.

What a great company we work for. You should come join us… :)