My Ramblings

This is a blog about design, front-end development, WordPress and other random musings by Liam Jay

Trick or Treacle Can

Trick or Treacle packaging design

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It’s quite rare that I’m really attracted to any modern food packaging, but I adore this little halloween themed can of treacle. It’s not trying too hard with its theming. There’s nothing that shouts ‘novelty’ or ‘tacky’ about it in my mind. The type is well considered and the lettering and illustrations are so wonderfully… Continue Reading +

Star Wars Episode V - Tthe Empire Strikes Back Poster

28 Things in 28 Years

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Last year I did a blog post about 27 things I’d learnt in 27 years and for some reason it seems to be quite popular, so as I turned 28 this month, I thought I’d do a follow up – 28 in 28! I’ve been converted by eReaders. Paper books still have their place and… Continue Reading +

Breaking the grid

What Game of Thrones can teach us about being unpredictable

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I know I’m late to the party with this, but I finally watched THAT Game of Thrones episode the other night, and despite half expecting something shocking due to having heard loads of people talk about something dramatic happening in the third season, I still wasn’t fully prepared for what unfolded! SPOILER ALERT! I like… Continue Reading +

Sometimes design can be boring

Design can be boring!

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I saw the following tweet by Jon Hicks a little while ago “Sometimes design can be boring, and thats OK!” This reminded me of something that’s been bugging me for ages – Despite many people seeming to assume the opposite, when I call myself a designer, that doesn’t mean that I should also be considered… Continue Reading +

Tumbledown Album Cover

2013 has been a good year for music… so far

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I’m a big fan of music but last year wasn’t great for my personal tastes. April changed all that with some fantastic events and some great new releases. It started in Wales with the Ataris, I would’ve normally seen them in Bristol but as I was in France during that gig, I opted for the… Continue Reading +

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Paris Roubaix Challenge – The Conclusion

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Following on from my previous blog post, last Saturday I was waking up at 4.30am and putting on layers of cycling clothing while still bleary eyed and feeling a little bit ill from the insanely early time, after less than 4 hours sleep due to having been still setting up my bike at gone midnight…. Continue Reading +

Paris Roubaix Cobbles

Paris Roubaix Challenge!

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Next week, I’ll be in France, waking up at some insanely early hour and getting on a bike to (attempt to) cycle the 170km distance between Paris and Roubaix (technically, I’ll be starting in Compiègne, but who cares), some of which will be on “roads” like this: I’m actually kinda dreading it, but at the… Continue Reading +

My Bristol Room

Ark at ee! Or, why I’m now based in Bristol

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For those of you who know me personally, you’ll know that I’ve considered Bristol to be my home for ages, this is despite me actually living out in a small village in the middle of nowhere, about 30 minutes drive from Bristol. That all changed on the 9th of this month as I moved into… Continue Reading +