A Space of Your Own

Could you invite your best customers around to your house? Would you still seem the same person to them? Could you be sure there were no hidden secrets they didn’t already know? Could you avoid putting on a show and just be yourself? Is it always like this at your place?…

9 Ways to pick a Good Building

Prompted by a ‘How do I get started?’ phone-call. You want to develop a permanent commercial space, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps there’s something here for you. 1 – Where does my business need to be located? This relegates all other decisions. Most of the time you just have to…

Your Roots

Here’s where Apple and Patagonia came from. The garage and the workshop. These spaces where the incubators for the next great businesses. As Stuart Brand has said about these low road buildings, nobody cares what you do in them. Implying you are much more free to create. Don’t be…

Sir Chris Hoys Wisdom

I watched Sir Chris Hoy’s documentary last night ‘How to Win Gold’ See the video here for the next few days; http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p020v76d/sir-chris-hoy-how-to-win-gold The best bit for me had nothing to with winning gold, but the point where he walks back into the London Velodrome, the scene of his final medal…

Behind The Scenes

Back-of-House. The stuff behind the scenes of a business. It’s where the real work happens. The prototypes, the failures, the collaborations, the culture, the determination. It’s your human side. It tells your story. Its the real you. How do make these qualities part of your customers experience of you…

Highland Building

Cycling across the Scottish Highlands coast to coast from Aberdeen to the West Coast in May I recorded a few of the outposts that we came across. The Sawmill in a previous post was part of this collection. Most were utilitarian buildings, and many were abandoned or closed-up to…

The Veranda, The new Hallway?

Its been a long summer of hard graft, hence the last post being in April. I did get away on holiday once and managed to find the time at least to think about the blog, even though its taken me until now act on that thought. Readers in Pembrokshire…