“That’s the wrong bloody TARDIS mate!”

“That’s the wrong bloody TARDIS mate!”

Always good to be reminded how niche your specialist knowledge is. On Wednesday morning in the Guardian we had a spread looking at who might be the next Doctor Who, illustrated with a picture of the TARDIS. But not Peter…

What Chris Moran learned from seven years as the Guardian’s audience editor

Every journalist should read every word of this: “What I learned from seven years as the Guardian’s audience editor“

Yes, Trump’s tweets are a distraction – but one people clearly want to read

Yes, Trump’s tweets are a distraction – but one people clearly want to read

I have some sympathy with the view that Donald Trump uses his Twitter account to the do the “dead cat strategy” of distracting people and the media from more important issues. I think it is important that the media hold…

Tech Weekly podcast about the future of mobile news

Tech Weekly podcast about the future of mobile news

Just a short note that this week I have appeared on the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, talking about mobile apps and the future of news.

I’m (re)joining the Guardian

I’m (re)joining the Guardian

New year. New job. I’m delighted to say I will be joining The Guardian in London as Social & New Formats Editor in February. I’ve had an enjoyable few months working as a consultant with people include the lovely Storythings…

So long, Contributoria

So long, Contributoria

Sad news today that Contributoria, the crowd-funded journalism site, is to close. I always rather loved the idea of trying to bring together a community that would fund the best journalism that they wanted to see written, and I also…

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Guardian design personas from 2006

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Guardian design personas from 2006

I was clearing out a load of stuff the other day, and discovered I still had some posters of the design personas that the Guardian were using the very first time I worked there. They were prepared by Flow Interactive…

How much of Wolfgang Blau’s “office desktop” traffic will survive for brands like the Mirror?

Wolfgang Blau, director of digital strategy at the Guardian, recently tweeted about the shift to mobile apparent in news consumption over the last couple of years. He posed a challenging question – are we de-prioritising desktop design too soon? His…

Guardian shows why mobile design has to work for commercial content as well as editorial content

Guardian shows why mobile design has to work for commercial content as well as editorial content

We’ve heard a lot recently about the labels that need to be applied to “native advertising” or “advertorial” online. If user-testing over the years has taught me one thing, it is that you can always rely on at least some…

“Telling the story of Firestorm” – Jon Henley & Robin Beitra at Hacks/Hackers London

“Telling the story of Firestorm” – Jon Henley & Robin Beitra at Hacks/Hackers London

Carefully planned as a spectacular launch to the Guardian’s new Australian edition, “Firestorm” is a rich interactive telling the story of the astonishing forest fires that engulfed the town of Dunalley, which came to the world’s attention thanks to a…