You might have heard about an interview that took place in the US recently that everyone is in uproar about. Yes, I’m going to talk about the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview — no hard feelings if you want to leave now.

This won’t be an in-depth analysis and despite the degree of topics that need to be addressed from the interview there is one central point I want to address. The narrative is shifting slightly around the backlash to the interview, fuelled by Piers Morgan’s decision to leave Good Morning Britain, but let me be clear: this is…


I’m not really into that whole New Year’s resolution thing. I mean you never ever manage to keep your resolutions anyways, so why even bother giving it a go when you already know you’ll end up epic failing and feeling like shit for not lasting longer than 2 weeks?

Here’s the problem though. Even if I hate failing and even if I’m 1000% positive that these half-hearted promises to myself will end up in some sort of self-resentment — I still want to do something come New Years! I want a challenge or a new beginning or just something that…


A recent article about the appointment of a Chief Happiness Officer outlined the remit as “circulate fun videos, inspiring messages and uplifting emails”. This description undermines the creativity and science that goes into team happiness. Having been a CHO for over 3 years, I know the truth behind creating a happy team and working relentlessly to keep them happy and to ensure the right work/life balance to retain them.

Whenever I tell people that I am a Chief Happiness Officer at Manifest, they are immediately intrigued. “WTF is a Happiness Officer?” they ask, “Does it mean you’re in charge of…


Medium’s new identity is both a good and a bad thing for the design industry.

If you’re reading this article on Medium (and not through an aggregator like Feedly) you’ll notice something a little different in the top left corner — Medium has a new logo, 3 years after it’s last one (and 5 years after the one before that). No big deal, you say — big brands change their logos quite a lot and big tech especially are known for constantly changing their livery every couple of years. The thing is with Medium, it is a big deal.

It’s…


Period Progression: Are we going backwards?

Picture the scene: it’s 2020 — blue dye representing period blood is disappearing from our screens, Bodyform release a series of videos depicting a range of bodily experiences for those who have wombs, Michaela Coel includes a period sex scene in her latest TV series — the stigma around periods is changing.

Credit: Bodyform’s Womb Stories

It seems like we’ve come a long way from the days that instagram would delete images of women on their periods and tampon tax was swept under the rug.

So what was Pantone thinking when they released a new ‘shade of red’…


Why the physical manifestation of a brand is just as important as how it speaks, acts or sounds.

‘The Power of Minimalism’ is porn to designers, often initially shared on LinkedIn and then picked up by Design Twitter. These images show the simplification of the existing packaging of household products — each step gradually removing details such as brand mascots or simplifying the logo until they’re down to their Sunday bests.

One of the most popular examples is an experiment by agency Antrepo to show ‘the power of minimalism in a maximalist landscape’. It’s a fairly old project but it…


As regional papers come under more threats and more jobs are axed, it’s time to show it the respect it deserves.

Regional newspapers have a lot to say for themselves. Quite literally, as each daily or weekly edition shares the stories of local charities, MPs, criminals and heroes alongside exciting new openings, sad closures and exciting announcements. To put it lightly; they’re the voice, as well as the heart and soul of a community.

From my experience at the grassroots of journalism, it’s with a heavy heart and a huge pang of empathy that I read that one of the…


Curiosity might have killed the cat, but the thirst for questions and the journey of discovering is half the fun.

Curiosity was considered something of a taboo when I was growing up. At age five, my childhood habit of asking ‘why?’ to nearly everything I was told earned me the title of being a ‘nosey parker’. Even at that age, I knew this wasn’t an affectionate new nickname, but instead a reprimand for the questioning that was slowly driving my parents, teachers and most people I met around the bend. …


Whether you believe we’re the best of friends or frenemies, the PR and journalist relationship is a complex one and now more than ever we should be supporting each other

Another week and another journalist vs PR spat on Twitter. It isn’t the first and it certainly won’t be the last.

In case you missed it, last week a Twitter post by a journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism caused a stir with the overarching message of ‘PRs, don’t do this’.

Whether you’re in the journalist or PR camp, if you saw it you cringed and winced for the…


We’ve all seen the pictures from the crowded UK beaches last week…

Bournemouth Beach amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

The images are a fascinating look at human behaviour. Even despite the fact there we are in the midst of a global pandemic, people were still willing to break social distancing guidelines and risk infection.

Why this this happened is pretty straightforward: the weather was hot. I’m not being facetious, after weeks of lockdown scenes like this were inevitable. Consider the context: there has been a dramatic decline in the UK’s wellbeing during the lockdown period with fifty per cent of Brits feeling that Covid-19 has negatively affected…

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