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Visualising space probes 30 years on

When I went to see the Science Museum's excellent Cosmonauts exhibition this week I expected to find objects and stories about Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and (with luck) some space dogs. I got all of those, but also a blast from my own past, when I encountered large-scale models of objects I had studied closely [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Exhibition review, Museums, science|0 Comments

“OK glass”: Google Glass is, well, OK…

Thanks to my techno-geek friend Keith Mansfield, I had the opportunity to try out Google Glass at Google’s King’s Cross headquarters this weekend. In a relaxed, informal space – all white-washed walls and concrete floors – a group of friendly ‘Guides’ demoed a number of different apps backed up by a extremely gentle ‘sell’ of [...]

By |June 30th, 2014|technology|0 Comments

How many women scientists can you name?

For me, the answer is surprisingly few, a fact that makes A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention, at once, both inspirational and melancholic. Published by the organisers of Ada Lovelace Day, the book shares the stories of twenty women who researched, invented and utilised science and technology in remarkable ways. In a [...]

By |January 4th, 2014|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments

Who wouldn’t want to build a life-size origami elephant?

It's not really a surprise that I have a bit of a penchant for elephants. After all, I chose one as my company logo - for reasons explained here. So there's no way I couldn't share this rather bizarre - but extremely appealing - campaign to raise money to fold a life-size origami elephant out [...]

By |December 12th, 2013|Design, Museums|0 Comments

Keeping up to speed with social media – reviewing Jon Reed’s new edition

I can't quite believe that three years have passed since I blogged a review of my former colleague Jon Reed's first book: Get up to Speed with Online Marketing. Of course, times - especially when you're dealing with social media - change, so it's no surprise that publisher Pearson has just launched a new edition. [...]

By |October 28th, 2013|Book review, social media|0 Comments

My first ‘author’ experience – in the hands of students

As an experienced publisher and writer, it goes without saying that I've worked on many, MANY books, in a variety of guises. My words appear uncredited in texts where I've performed serious editorial surgery, on the back of books as part of published reviews, or occasionally in publications where my name is reproduced in an [...]

By |June 7th, 2013|learning, Portfolio, Publishing|0 Comments

What can publishers learn from the success of Angry Birds?

Four years ago Finnish mobile games developer Rovio was at rock bottom. Long development times and high overheads were pushing the organisation towards bankruptcy; 38 of the company’s 50-strong workforce were let go. Rovio’s next product didn't just need to sell, it needed to sell enough to save the company. The make-or-break game was ‘Angry [...]

By |December 8th, 2012|digital publishing|1 Comment

An ethical decision-making framework

Issues related to ethics and morals are never far from the news. In the past few months alone we've seen David Cameron describe comedian Jimmy Carr's tax affairs as 'morally wrong', the morals of publishing topless images of the Duchess of Cambridge called into question, the entire moral ethos of the BBC challenged and claims [...]

By |October 30th, 2012|business and management|0 Comments

Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum

I'm currently working with the Design Museum on their Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum exhibition. The exhibition features installations from fourteen designers, reflecting on the concept of memory in the digital age. It's an interesting project for two key reasons: writing about works that are closer to conceptual art than functional products has [...]

By |August 23rd, 2012|interpretation, Museums, Portfolio|0 Comments

Why politics and science don’t mix

Like oil and water, politics and science simply don't mix. Why? Because, as I say in my recent review of Mark Henderson's The Geek Manifesto book, "politicians and scientists think very differently and value different things". Here's an extract from the post: "Changing your mind is de rigeur for scientists who come across new evidence; [...]

By |July 12th, 2012|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments