In October 2018, the (supposed) first work of art created by artificial intelligence, was sold at auction for $430,000 (£335,000). An obscene amount of money by most people’s standards, and the controversies around the coding of the AI are something to be debated at a later date. But as a Graphic Designer, I can’t help but feel that this is both a monumental step forward, and a grim look into what might become of my job in the years to come…

This is not the only instance of AI producing creative content, there are now AI logo creators that can…


About a week ago, a friend and past colleague of mine, Vincent Walden, posted a quick viewpoint on whether people in creative industries should ever take on free work. His outlook being that; “It’s a power balance, a scale between empowered and exploited.” And I can’t help but agree with him on this.

When reading about these issues, you often notice that people can take quite strong viewpoints to either side of the argument. Some say yes, you should work for free because this builds your portfolio, experience and exposure; Then on the flip side we have people who believe…


Climate change and global warming have been some of the many topics at the forefront of climbing discussions for a while now. Due to this we have seen a rise in available information, conversations involving government officials and climbers with larger outreaches helping bring the issue forward with initiatives such as the Protect our Winters, which includes people such as Tommy Caldwell, Beth Rodden and Emily Harrington, to name a few. It’s an important and ever-increasing issue that should really have more coverage and urgency than it does right now.

“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”


We have a saying in my family: “Bad biorhythms”. It is used in humour a couple of times a year when, for some inexplicable reason, you become impossibly clumsy, emotional or mentally inefficient. You may have had the best night’s sleep and be without any stress from work or school, you will not have recently suffered jet lag or bumped you head. Absolutely nothing will be out of the ordinary and yet here you go walking into door frames and dropping plates, mixing up your words and laughing without a punch-line. …


I would like to preface this article by saying that I am by no means an expert, nor an accomplished climber. I enjoy the sport and I’m not terrible, but between weather and work I am certainly not on my way to the 2020 Olympics.

I have also worked in the Outdoor Industry at various points over the last six to seven years; and if I had a pound for every sexist comment made my way, I would at least be able to buy a nice bottle of wine from Sainsbury’s. …

Sophie Grieve-Williams

I currently work for FlexMR in Milnthorpe as a graphic designer and enjoy a good read and a ramble every now and then.

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