SIMON FOSTER

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Back To Work

Mar 04 2014

So, it feels like an eter­nity since I actu­ally wrote a blog post so here goes. You may notice I’ve tweaked this site a bit, I’ve shoved my work on the home page and trimmed a load of fat that wasn’t really needed, so over­all the site is much more con­cise and to the point now (which is kinda how I’m feel­ing right now).

I realised recently that I hadn’t updated my port­fo­lio for over a year as most of what I’ve been work­ing on has taken ages to go live, but I’m able now to share some of the stuff I’ve been doing. I also took about 3–4 months off work last year to get over some heavy stuff in my pri­vate life (which I won’t go into here) and am only now start­ing to feel like my head’s back in ‘work mode’.

Hackations.com is a site set up by brace.io founder Cole Krumb­holz. Cole got me on board to design the front-end of this travel / hack­ing / tech / cof­fee shop themed blog. Inci­den­tally I moved Free Faces over to brace.io and highly rec­om­mend it for any sta­tic sites or pro­to­typ­ing, it uses some mag­i­cal drop­box inte­gra­tion trick­ery that I don’t pre­tend to understand.

Hackations

Hackations

I’ve been work­ing closely with the charm­ing guys over at hamyard.tv to redesign and relaunch their online port­fo­lio and news site. They work with a vari­ety of top clients mak­ing stuff that moves about a lot (which I don’t pre­tend to under­stand either). Go check them out.

Hamyard

Hamyard

Bis­ley Law is a bou­tique firm of solic­i­tors based in Lon­don, spe­cial­is­ing in com­mer­cial, tech­nol­ogy and cor­po­rate law. They wanted a sim­ple yet colour­ful web­site that kinda didn’t look like your aver­age solicitor’s site.

Bis­ley Law

Bis­ley Law

Lin­coln Jay spe­cialise in train­ing and coach­ing peo­ple in all areas of pub­lic speak­ing, I used their exist­ing brand­ing but pretty much rein­vented every­thing else to come up with a mod­ern and fun web­site. Have a look.

Lincoln Jay

Lincoln Jay

Last but no means least I was approached by Lucian James to redesign two of his sites. Firstly his per­sonal site lucianjames.com, Lucian is a life coach (I think that’s the right term, though he’ll prob­a­bly kill me for describ­ing him as such) who uses a lot of sys­temic ther­apy, the cre­ative arts, exec­u­tive coach­ing, busi­ness strat­egy, and the world’s wis­dom tra­di­tions with his clients. Lucian was keen to use pos­i­tive alchemic images of regen­er­a­tion and reju­ve­na­tion as metaphors on his site, which meant I got to research all kinds of weird and won­der­ful stuff. I did get some strange looks at Water­stones though as I was going through the sec­tion on satanism and the occult, happy days. Check out the post­cards page I really like what he’s done here.

lucianjames.com

lucian james

Sec­ondly I also had the plea­sure to redesign agenda.inc for Lucian which is a lux­ury brand con­sul­tancy work­ing with sev­eral big name clients. We went for a kind of eso­teric phrenol­ogy metaphor to empha­sise the psy­cho­log­i­cal and cere­bral approach to their work.

Agenda Inc

Agenda Inc

Not So Rot­ten in Denmark

I also had the hon­our of being asked by KEA (Copen­hagen School of Design and Tech­nol­ogy) to go out to Copen­hagen and give a two hour talk to their design stu­dents on the 21st Feb. The talk wasn’t recorded (that I know of) so I think I’ll make a blog post soon out­lin­ing some of the points I went over as the crowd asked so many ques­tions (which is exactly what I wanted) that I didn’t really even get to show my slides. I much pre­fer a more spon­ta­neous and relaxed atmos­phere when talk­ing, I’m no good at read­ing out speeches and never stay on script so it was ideal. A big thanks to Joshua Englar for invit­ing me and the Dan­ish Young Enter­prise Foun­da­tion for stump­ing up the cash to bring me out there.