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Standing Out – Great Products in a Complex World

January 30th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

Rising Star?

It’s actually quite hard to stand out in the world today. There’s so much going on, so much information to take in, so many products competing against each other.

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Categories: Product Design

Defining the Difference Between Links and Actions – The Land of the Informed

January 27th, 2011 by Richard Stowey


With a whole host of different actions available to the average web user, do we need to differentiate between these actions in order to allow a more educated result from web interaction? And, in turn, would this encourage further interactions if a user knew what led behind each of those interactions.

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How does this blogging stuff work again?

January 10th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

Worldwide Photowalk 2010 - Richmond, London

I’ve been blogging for quite some time now. My blogging motivations have changed a little since I started, but I’ve only just started to get the hang of it and realise what I do it for.

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Two Different Approaches to the VAT Increase

January 7th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

Marks&Spencer in Rocca al Mare

The recent increase in VAT in the UK to 20% means price changes across the country. Here are two examples of how different organisations approached the situation.
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The Idea Zone, Represented by the Idea Graph

January 5th, 2011 by Richard Stowey

the idea zone

Recently, I have been thinking about what helps me generate ideas. When do they occur the most? What sort of ideas do I find myself having most frequently? And can I put myself in a position where ideas naturally occur more often?

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New Years Resolutions

January 1st, 2011 by Richard Stowey

The London Eye

Recently I haven’t been feeling my usual self. I put it down to a number of things including being pretty busy at work, getting the train to work recently, living in an urban environment, general seasonal affectiveness and not talking enough holidays. I also seem to have failed to find enough time to enjoy my passions.

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Is it Ric or Richard?

December 29th, 2010 by Richard Stowey


Today I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. I’ve managed to last since May 2010 (when I bought the Honda) without purchasing anything over the phone. But today I needed to renew my contents insurance, and for some reason the broker’s website wouldn’t allow me to do this online.

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Waiting for Superman

December 7th, 2010 by Richard Stowey

This is a trailer for Waiting for Superman. It’s a feature film about the failing education system in the United States of America. Interesting how it’s portrayed in a way that builds some suspense, rather than communicate a possible resolution. It also ties in nicely to Lynchpin by Seth Godin with one line in particular striking a chord – “I wanna be good at school.”

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Everyone can be a Designer

November 14th, 2010 by Richard Stowey

This recent video talks about how business people need to become designers. I feel strongly that design is part of my role as a digital project manager, and there are multitudes of opportunities to design within any job role.

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SEO Tactics: Webuyanycar.com – Sell Used Car

September 1st, 2010 by Richard Stowey

It’s clear what they do from their annoying adverts. It’s interesting to see how far they go in order to rank highly for certain keywords like Sell Used Car.

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Categories: Website Design
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