Opening Sequence of WWDC June 2013

if everyone is busy making everything
how can anyone perfect anything?
we start to confuse convenience
with joy
abundance with choice.
designing something requires
the first thing we ask is
What do we want people to feel?
then we begin to craft around our intention
it takes time…
there are a thousand no’s
for every yes
we simplify
we perfect
we start over
until everything we touch
enhances each life
it touches.
only then do we sign our work.

Designed by Apple in California

Will a fitness tracker motivate me?

At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I’d like to run a 10k, well that’s booked for September in Cardiff.

I also mentioned that last year saw me loose 4 stone. Well one of those has gone back on and now it’s time to start training and change that.

I’ve been looking at fitness trackers for a while now, having successfully used the MyFitnessPal app to help me track my calories and loose weight I noticed that the tracking my food data helped me make some wiser choices at meal times.

I want to take that further by also tracking my daily activity. RunKeeper currently keeps me on top of my running, although I’ll admit it’s not as frequent as it should be.

Those of us who work primarily at a desk all day, know that a sedentary position doesn’t really help with reaching health goals.

That’s where I’m hoping a fitness tracker will help. I know sitting on my behind all day certainly won’t aid me loosing the pounds, but hopefully seeing that inactivity in solid data will allow me to make some progress and motivate me to get to the gym, out for a run or simply go for a walk.

So I’ve ordered a Jawbone Up and should arrive in a few days. There are lots of alternatives out there, but with talks of open data for developers, accurate sleep tracking and integration with MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper it seems the right choice for me.

I’ll review my progress when I’ve started getting used to the new accessory and I have some data to show.

In the meantime if you’ve finished reading this post, get up and walk around for 10 minutes.

Say no to resolutions and set goals instead

With a new year starting, I feel it would be a good place to write down a few goals for the year ahead.

I regularly make short term goals when I’m working on projects and it helps me focus on what I need to be doing, so I’m going to extend this to the year ahead.

  • read the bible more
    “ spend at least the same time reading and grasping the bible as I do on social media (twitter / Facebook / Instagram).”

  • design and release an iPhone App
    “ I’ve had an idea for a while, so 2013 is the year to get it out of my head and in to the App Store”

  • blog at least once a month
    “so I blogged once in 2012, but with a new year ahead in a new role, working with a new team on a variety of projects, I hope to be regularly putting something together here, even if its just a gathering of my thoughts”

  • cook a new dish once a month
    “I love cooking and having people over, but I seem to have got a little lax in experimenting a new main course a month should help with that”

  • run a 10k and half a marathon.
    “2012 saw me loose nearly 4 stone and 6 inches around my waist, I need to up the anti and book myself into a 10k race and a half marathon by the end of 2013“

That may not seem like a large number of goals, but my aim isn’t to list a load of resolutions that I won’t stick too but set some realistic targets that with a little focus, should be able to reach.

So here goes…

My virtual soapbox and place to share and give back!

So this post has been saved in my drafts for a while, so I thought it was about time that I hit the publish the button. I’d said earlier in the year I should really start blogging in 2012, better late than never!

So a little bit of background, I’m Richard Saunders and live in Newport, South Wales. Firstly I’m a Christian and my faith is of central importance, secondly I’m User Experience Designer & Front End Developer; shortly to start at Contensis in January 2013.

I’ve spent the last 10 years working in the Public Sector for Torfaen County Borough Council, in a variety of roles:

  • Desktop Analyst
  • Assistant Technical Analyst
  • Technical Analyst (Server Team)
  • Graphic Designer
  • User Experience Designer & Front End Developer

Throw in some freelance photography and sound engineering you have passionate creative who loves technology and the web.

I’m not one of those educated types, I didn’t go to University or study at art school, thats not the way I do things.

I’m one of those self taught guys, you know the ones who used to take televisions and radios apart to find out how they worked. I love experimentation, reading and learning from other people and applying what I’ve learnt.

This blog is a place for me to give back what I’ve learnt & experienced and to share some thoughts and opinions on most things web related. I don’t claim to be a good writer, or that what I write will appeal to everyone, but would invite you to voice your thoughts on what I do manage to get out on occasion.