If you cut me I bleed an engineer’s blood

I love working out how things work. One summer, as a teenager, I visited London. My sister had a flat in south London and I stayed with her. She was working during the day so I went out and explored. And coming from a small town in the countryside in Northern Ireland...

I’m Scared Of Toilet Seats

The stuff nightmares are made of I’m scared of toilet seats. Well, not toilet seats exactly, it is approaching toilets when the lid is down. It triggers a sense of apprehension. My heart rate rises, I get tense, I think about looking for another toilet....

6 Tips to chill the heck out before a big performance

My mouse pointer hovered over the submit button on the form. It was the payment details for the stand-up comedy course I was booking myself on. I knew that at the end of the course we would all be doing a live show in front of hundreds of people. As I clicked on the...

My Childhood Curse

In This Week’s Update I’m delighted that you are joining me on the journey of writing my book Discover Clarity. In this first update I’m going to share: the personal demons I had to battlethe initial crappy user research, and resulting change in...

Reasons not to have an app

Do I need an app? What about a mobile web site? The other day I was asked: I was told that when I start my business I need to get a domain name, a web site and an app. Do I need an app? Though I love apps and the amazing things you can do with them, they aren’t...

Should you ever start with coding?

In my app development guide I emphasise talking to people and working on paper as being vital first steps in developing a great app. That coding comes quite late in the process. Yet, I wonder if I’m being honest with you, as that isn’t always what I do....

Very roughly, how much does an app cost to build?

I need to answer the question which is screaming in most people’s heads when they want to build an app: Roughly, how much will an app cost to build? As you’d expect the answer is ‘it depends’, but I’ll give you a very simple answer that...