Category Archives: ideas

Flow, the secret to happiness – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


This accurately encapsulates why flow is so important. One key thought about Happy Mondays is that part of the purpose of taking time to work on the things that don’t otherwise get time, is that they are things that sit in the nexus of challenge and requiring devoted energy (and time). It’s not a short […]

We are potential engines.


Or, You get out exactly what you put in.   I love to ride bikes because it is one of those things where you get out exactly what you put in. You push down on the pedals and you go faster. Once you get better at riding you learn how to smooth out your pedal […]

1 Giant Leap – Ta Moko


Some people went around interviewing dying patients And not one person said they regretted Not making more money, or working harder They all seemed to say their regrets were Not spending more time with the people they love And not traveling more And relating more to the world and the planet.

Happy Mondays.


When this business started it was an escape pod to get away from the kind of work I could not be proud of, and a vehicle to do awesome work and have fun. But lately it’s started being a bit of a grind. There’s a lot of work which, don’t get me wrong, is a […]

The Gap by Ira Glass – beautifully illustrated.


THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo. I use this quote when I speak to students and recent graduates. It is one of the best ways to explain what you need to do to progress in any creative field. Especially when you’re starting out, but pretty much any crisis of confidence will also […]

Is the problem really the problem?


A good friend of mine Michael has been blogging a bit recently and over lunch we were chatting about work processes and he was kind enough to talk a little bit about how I like to work on his blog. He talks about this in a piece called “is the problem really the problem?” on […]

What I tell design students


I see a fair few students who are graduating soon or who have recently finished their courses. Partly due to my involvement with AGDA and Award School. They’re coming looking to hopefully find a job, and unfortunately I can’t offer them all jobs just yet (or even any of them at this stage). What I […]

On thinking twice.


Good design can be a few things. Sometimes it’s simply polishing up something so it looks good and simply looks professional. That’s totally fine and I’m glad that’s part of my craft. But the real fun begins when you start thinking in terms of ideas. Ideas are fun, vibrant, and they stick with people. So […]