The central tenant to Robert Louis Stephenson’ Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the duality that exists with all of mankind. In his world-renowned story, this characteristic is amplified, with the goodness of Dr Jekyll and the malice of Mr Hyde appearing as distinct personalities, with one constantly at war with the other.

Within me, as with all of us, exists this duality. But, with me, it’s not between my good and evil sides. It is, instead, between two very similar but somewhat different aspects of me.

Designer

As a Designer, I aim to understand the problems that exist in the…


A Short History of My Employment

As I work tirelessly to become a Designer, I thought I would take some time to reflect back on the jobs I had before and the steps I’ve taken to get to where I am today.

Paper Boy

My first ever job was as a paper boy for my local newsagent. Every morning, come rain or shine, I’d cycle down to the corner of my road, load up my bag with the papers for the day, and cycle at least one or two routes around the North End of my hometown, delivering papers.

A few times, the papers got soggy or blew…


Accidents and Injuries

A Tesla Model S

Ten years ago, I was involved in a reasonably serious crash. Late one night, on the way back from my friend’s house, I crashed into a tree at between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The car I was driving was totalled, but I was incredibly lucky to walk away from the crash with some bruising to my chest and a bad headache from the airbag.

The crash happened shortly after I passed my driving test. I was driving home from a friend’s house using my GPS, when it took me down a route I wasn’t familiar with. I missed…


Me and Mills at ustwo adventure

It’s been two weeks since I headed back home after my week in London with Mills and ustwo. Enough time to let everything absorb and process in my brain. So, let’s look back at the best bits of my week-long ustwo adventure.

The People

I spent time with three ustwo companies — ustwo games, ustwo london and ustwo adventure — all three were overflowing with amazing people who were incredibly friendly, welcoming and willing to spend some of their valuable time with me. I don’t think I’ve ever met a bunch as nice as the ustwobies and their friends.

By the end…


We are about to experience a social upheaval the likes of which has never been seen. Not since the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries has technology bounded forward as quickly as it is today, taking the jobs of the poorest and most vulnerable in society with it.

Autonomous vehicles are set to revolutionise the way people and goods are transported, taking the jobs of millions of taxi, freight and bus drivers across the globe.

Robot-driven manufacturing gets ever-more capable, creating increasingly complicated products more quickly, cheaply and safely than people can.

Virtual assistants, though not quite as…


A new logo for an old store with a new name

Back at the beginning of this year, my friendly local gaming store was taken into new ownership. The previous owner wanted to sell up some of his 4 stores across East Kent, to give him time to focus on his family.

In the first quarter of 2017, XPG Dover closed and in its place opened Elite Gaming, with no logo.

How we got here

Shortly after the takeover was completed, and the name was decided on, talk about a logo started. How would it look? What feel should it have? Who should design it? …


An Introduction to Visual Language, from a Novice.

When talking about art, design, and visual language, there is a shared vocabulary. Words that, in just a few letters, convey a visual idea as fundamental as the elements in the periodic table.

I’m just a novice on this subject, having only formally studied Art and Creative Design for a couple of weeks, but here, I’ll try to cover the 7 formal elements of art, and explain a little about each one.

Line

A line is simply an element defined by a point moving in space. …


I was recently asked a question by a friend. “When you write, how much time do you spend thinking about the purpose of your writing?”, he asked. It’s not something I’d given much thought to in the past, but in an instant, I had an answer.

At the basest of levels, there are three purposes or reasons for writing non-fiction content: to inform, to opine, or to persuade (or sell). In modern times, the three are often conflated — with factual explanations often laced with opinion-but, the three main reasons remain. At least, that’s my opinion.

Let’s look a little…


This strange foray into the inner working of Matthew Inman’s brain brings a delightfully fun, yet explosive, game to the tabletop.

  • Publisher: Exploding Kittens LLC
  • Players: 2–5; 7 years and older
  • Play time: 15–20 minutes
  • Main mechanic: Press Your Luck
  • Price: £20.00 (Amazon.co.uk)

What do you get when you mix cats, explosives, and Abracrab Lincoln? A surprisingly fun press-your-luck game.

In Exploding Kittens, the last thing you want to do is draw a card. You never know what could be next. And whilst it could be something useful, like Abracrab Lincoln helping you shuffle the deck, or a Furmaid letting…


Let’s jump straight in with one of my favourite games and a wonderful game for introducing friends and family to the world of modern board games: Sushi Go!.

Sam Hutchings

Currently writing about design. Previously written about technology and customer support. Find me @Smutchings or at www.samhutchings.co.

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