Archive for Ian Hughes

  • Website of the day: Brainbox Candy

    Website of the day: Brainbox Candy

    By 2 September 2013

    The humble greetings card has come along way from those simple, tasteful designs of yesteryear. These days they are works of art and future design classics; they carry profound messages that will adorn fridges for years to come; they come as 3D structures,...

  • Website of the day: Theodora Children's Trust

    Website of the day: Theodora Children's Trust

    By 30 August 2013

    Friday’s here! Yay! Traditionally, that means most of us get to have a bit of a laugh. The atmosphere in offices, schools and colleges tends to be a little more relaxed and we can all start to let our hair down a little bit as the weekend approaches....

  • Website of the day: Join Sam

    Website of the day: Join Sam

    By 29 August 2013

    Online shopping has become the norm for many people, and some retailers are scaling back their physical presence to concentrate on their digital enterprises. And that means competition is starting to become more fierce too. This is generally good news...

  • Website of the day: Wayn

    Website of the day: Wayn

    By 28 August 2013

    September looms and for millions of young people that means back to school. Or, it might mean you’re packing your bags and heading off into the great unknown to see a little of the world before going back to school. Gap years are an appealing prospect...

  • Hands-on: Griffin Survivor & Catalyst Waterproof iPhone 5 case review

    Hands-on: Griffin Survivor & Catalyst Waterproof iPhone 5 case review

    By 27 August 2013

    In our experience, two things tend to govern the lifespan of a gadget: how careful the owner is, and; whether or not you have small children in the house. While Griffin technology can't dictate either of those things, the company's Survivor + Catalyst...

  • Website of the day: Seriously, For Real?

    Website of the day: Seriously, For Real?

    By 27 August 2013

    We’ve featured aggregators before, those trawlers of the deepest darkest recesses of the internet that set out to unearth the real gems of digital content. From photobombing archives through the newest memes to the latest celebrity gossip and online...

  • Website of the day: Eat This Much

    Website of the day: Eat This Much

    By 26 August 2013

    Monday’s a good day to talk about dieting, we reckon. How many of us say to ourselves, “I’ll start again on Monday” as yet another weekend turns into a calorie-laden festival of indulgence? It’s not easy to maintain a healthy weight, especially...

  • Website of the day: Mr Oizo 3000

    Website of the day: Mr Oizo 3000

    By 23 August 2013

    It’s hard to believe that it was ... (deep breath) ... fourteen years ago that Flat Eric took the world by storm in his beaten up old car, nodding his head to Flat Beat in those  jeans adverts. The looped track was infectious and dominated not only...

  • Website of the day: Roberts Cycles

    Website of the day: Roberts Cycles

    By 22 August 2013

    Yesterday’s bike bonanza sparked something of a debate among a few regular readers, as well as a couple of people here too. “Why all the fuss about carbon...?” seemed to be the thrust of the conversation. The selling points of carbon frames in bikes...

  • Website of the day: LIOS BIkes

    Website of the day: LIOS BIkes

    By 21 August 2013

    Bike porn alert! At liosbikes.com you’re going to see some of the most extraordinary road and triathlon bikes imaginable. They are things of rare and exquisite beauty, and they are all custom-built, all carbon and seriously sexy. These are not just...

  • Website of the day: Guess the Autocomplete

    Website of the day: Guess the Autocomplete

    By 20 August 2013

    I won’t lie to you - I lost most of yesterday because of this. It was sent my way after we featured one of the quirky little games from UsvsTh3m a couple of weeks ago. It seems they specialise in these horribly addictive but also quite insightful online...

  • Website of the day: Hey Girl

    Website of the day: Hey Girl

    By 19 August 2013

    Why is Ryan Gosling so intrinsically funny? He is young, good looking, talented and, by all accounts, a really nice bloke. Okay, so he still won’t eat his cereal, but why do we laugh at him? We laugh because of things like heygirl.io, a little “bookmarklet”...

  • Website of the day: Ikea Hackers

    Website of the day: Ikea Hackers

    By 16 August 2013

    “Ooh, what’s that...?” “It’s what’s left of Billy. Used a circular saw and some three-inch nails. What do you think? “Brilliant, never worked before. Completely makes sense this way...” Prepare for conversations like this if you spend...

  • Website of the day: SSega

    Website of the day: SSega

    By 15 August 2013

    At the risk of sounding oxymoronic, nostalgia is trendy. All things that were once considered cool and have been superseded time and time again, are now often,  ironically, cool again. Take ssega.com. Here you’ll find all the old favourite Sega Mega...

  • Website of the day: Twinkind

    Website of the day: Twinkind

    By 14 August 2013

    We’ve featured something like this before, but as that was a London-only thing, this one deserves a mention. OK, so this is based in Hamburg, but the idea of creating your very own 3D mini figurine might be just enough motivation to get you on a plane. ...

  • Website of the day: Panda Live

    Website of the day: Panda Live

    By 13 August 2013

    Despite the fact that the biggest cultural event in Europe is taking place at the moment, the biggest news to be coming out of Edinburgh is that Tian Tian, the giant panda, may or may not be pregnant. That’s right - may or may not. They don't know for...

  • Website of the day: Pitch Up

    Website of the day: Pitch Up

    By 12 August 2013

    The long, hot summer continues, at least for the most part. And that might mean you’re considering a few nights under canvas. There’re not much better than falling asleep with just the sounds of nature and the dying embers of the campfire as a lullaby,...

  • Website of the day: Beautiful Bottoms

    Website of the day: Beautiful Bottoms

    By 9 August 2013

    The secret is out. And it something that has been a topic of heated debate for a lot of people since that spectacular spring day in 2011. On 29 April that year, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. But all that was overshadowed (poor choice...

  • Website of the day: Stop Phubbing

    Website of the day: Stop Phubbing

    By 8 August 2013

    “Hmm? Sorry, what did you say?” “Well if you put your damn phone away you’d hear what I was saying…” Sound familiar? I bet it does. We all do it and have it done to us. In a social situation, we pull out the smartphone and have a quick gander...

  • Website of the day: Duct Tape Surfing

    Website of the day: Duct Tape Surfing

    By 7 August 2013

    At DuctTapeSurfing.com you will find an incredible story. Tragically, it begins as a story that is all too common. A life changed forever in a split second. A single moment that has a profound effect on an entire family’s existence. Pascale Honore was...

  • Website of the day: You Can’t Write Proper English Under Pressure

    Website of the day: You Can’t Write Proper English Under Pressure

    By 6 August 2013

    Reading and writing. As a general rule, it’s something that most people learn to do at quite an early age. From then on it’s something you just kind of carry around for a few years until you need to use it to pass a few exams or make a living. If...

  • Website of the day: Home Away

    Website of the day: Home Away

    By 5 August 2013

    Monday. The day that causes the power cut that knocks out your alarm clock. The day that inexplicably turns the boiler off, so you can only have a cold shower. Monday. The day that perches the pigeon that poops on you as you reach the bus stop. The day...

  • Website of the day: The 90s Button

    Website of the day: The 90s Button

    By 2 August 2013

    It's Friday. It's summer. You might be stuck in a sweltering office, shop or classroom staring out of a window at people enjoying an early start to their weekend. Look at them all. They almost seem to skip along their merry way don't they? Heading to...

  • Website of the day: Which - Calling Time

    Website of the day: Which - Calling Time

    By 1 August 2013

    When did it all begin? When did companies turn around and say to themselves: “I know – let’s just call anybody and everybody and get them to buy our stuff…?” Whenever it was, that's in my top ten of Moments In Time I’d Like To Go Back To So...

  • Website of the day: Go Think Big

    Website of the day: Go Think Big

    By 31 July 2013

    There’s a lot of talk about getting people on to the property ladder, with new government-backed schemes designed to help young people buy their own first homes. All well and good, assuming those young people have jobs. And that’s the rub of the matter....